Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. (Luke 15:1)

Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." (Luke 15:2)

So He told them this parable, saying, (Luke 15:3)

"What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? (Luke 15:4)

"When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. (Luke 15:5)

"And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' (Luke 15:6)

"I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:7)

"Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? (Luke 15:8)

"When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!' (Luke 15:9)

"In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." (Luke 15:10)


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