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Luke 15 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Parable of the Lost Sheep

(Mat 18:10–14 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:1 - Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:2 - But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:3 - Then Jesus told them this parable:
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:4 - “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:5 - And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:6 - and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:7 - 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.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:8 - “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?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:9 - And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:10 - In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The Parable of the Lost Son

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:11 - Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:12 - The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:13 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:14 - After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:15 - So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:16 - He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:17 - “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!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:18 - I will set out and go back 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; make me like one of your hired servants.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:20 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:21 - “The 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 servants, ‘Quick! 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’s have a feast and celebrate.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:24 - For 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 - “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:26 - So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:27 - ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:28 - “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:29 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:30 - But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:31 - “ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:32 - 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.’ ”
NIV Footnotes
Greek ten drachmas, each worth about a day’s wages

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