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

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:2 - And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."

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

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:4 - "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost 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 his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.'

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:7 - Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:8 - "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it?

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:9 - And 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.'

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:10 - Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:11 - And he said, "There was a man who had two sons;

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:12 - and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:13 - Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:14 - And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:15 - So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:16 - And he would gladly have fed on 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, but I perish here with hunger!

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

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

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:20 - And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:22 - But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet;

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:23 - and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make 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 make merry.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:25 - "Now his elder 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 - And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:27 - And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.'

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:28 - But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:29 - but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:31 - And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.

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

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