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Luke 15 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.

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And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders

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and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

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I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

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“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[fn] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

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And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’

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In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.

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The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

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“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

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After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

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So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.

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He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

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“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!

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I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

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I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’

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So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

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“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

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Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.

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For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

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‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

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“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.

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But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.

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But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

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“ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

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But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”
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