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Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:1 - Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming to hear him.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:2 - But the Pharisees and the experts in the law were complaining, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:3 - So Jesus told them this parable:

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:4 - "Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it?

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:5 - Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:6 - Returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, telling them, 'Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.'

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:7 - I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:8 - "Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it?

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:9 - Then when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.'

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:10 - In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God's angels over one sinner who repents."

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:11 - Then Jesus said, "A man had two sons.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:12 - The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that will belong to me.' So he divided his assets between them.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:13 - After a few days, the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered his wealth with a wild lifestyle.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:14 - Then after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:15 - So he went and worked for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:16 - He was longing to eat the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:17 - But when he came to his senses he said, 'How many of my father's hired workers have food enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger!

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:18 - I will get up and go to my father and say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:19 - I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers."'

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:20 - So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; he ran and hugged his son and kissed him.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:21 - Then his son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:22 - But the father said to his slaves, 'Hurry! Bring the best robe, and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet!

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:23 - Bring the fattened calf and kill it! Let us eat and celebrate,

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:24 - because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again - he was lost and is found!' So they began to celebrate.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:25 - "Now his older son was in the field. As he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:26 - So he called one of the slaves and asked what was happening.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:27 - The slave replied, 'Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he got his son back safe and sound.'

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:28 - But the older son became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and appealed to him,

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:29 - but he answered his father, 'Look! These many years I have worked like a slave for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet you never gave me even a goat so that I could celebrate with my friends!

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:30 - But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your assets with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!'

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:31 - Then the father said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:32 - It was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.'"

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