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Luke 15 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Parable of the Lost Sheep
The Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son
(Matt. 18:10–14 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:1 - Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:2 - And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:3 - So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:4 - “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:5 - “And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:6 - “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:7 - “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:8 - “Or what woman, having ten silver coins,[fn] if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:9 - “And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:10 - “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Lost Son
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:11 - Then He said: “A certain man had two sons.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:12 - “And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:13 - “And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:14 - “But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:15 - “Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:16 - “And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:17 - “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:18 - ‘I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:19 - “and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:20 - “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:21 - “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:22 - “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring[fn] out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:23 - ‘And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:24 - ‘for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:25 - “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:26 - “So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:27 - “And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:28 - “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:29 - “So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:30 - ‘But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:31 - “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:32 - ‘It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”
NKJV Footnotes
Greek drachma, a valuable coin often worn in a ten-piece garland by married women
NU-Text reads Quickly bring.

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