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Luke 15

New International Reader’s Version

The story of the lost sheep

1 The tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were whispering among themselves. They said, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ 3 Then Jesus told them a story. 4 He said, ‘Suppose one of you has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Won’t he leave the 99 in the open country? Won’t he go and look for the one lost sheep until he finds it? 5 When he finds it, he will joyfully put it on his shoulders 6 and go home. Then he will call his friends and neighbours together. He will say, “Be joyful with me. I have found my lost sheep.” 7 I tell you, it will be the same in heaven. There will be great joy when one sinner turns away from sin. Yes, there will be more joy than for 99 godly people who do not need to turn away from their sins.

The story of the lost coin

8 ‘Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the house? Won’t she search carefully until she finds the coin? 9 And when she finds it, she will call her friends and neighbours together. She will say, “Be joyful with me. I have found my lost coin.” 10 I tell you, it is the same in heaven. There is joy in heaven over one sinner who turns away from sin.’

The story of the lost son

11 Jesus continued, ‘There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger son spoke to his father. He said, “Father, give me my share of the family property.” So the father divided his property between his two sons. 13 ‘Not long after that, the younger son packed up all he had. Then he left for a country far away. There he wasted his money on wild living. 14 He spent everything he had. Then the whole country ran low on food. So the son didn’t have what he needed. 15 He went to work for someone who lived in that country. That person sent the son to the fields to feed the pigs. 16 The son wanted to fill his stomach with the food the pigs were eating. But no one gave him anything. 17 ‘Then he began to think clearly again. He said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough food! But here I am dying from hunger! 18 I will get up and go back to my father. I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven. And I have sinned against you. 19 I am no longer fit to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.’ ” 20 So he got up and went to his father. ‘While the son was still a long way off, his father saw him. He was filled with tender love for his son. He ran to him. He threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 ‘The son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son.” 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. 23 Bring the fattest calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 This son of mine was dead. And now he is alive again. He was lost. And now he is found.” So they began to celebrate. 25 ‘The elder son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants. He asked him what was going on. 27 “Your brother has come home,” the servant replied. “Your father has killed the fattest calf. He has done this because your brother is back safe and sound.” 28 ‘The older brother became angry. He refused to go in. So his father went out and begged him. 29 But he answered his father, “Look! All these years I’ve worked like a slave for you. I have always obeyed your orders. You never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But this son of yours wasted your money with some prostitutes. Now he comes home. And for him you kill the fattest calf!” 31 ‘ “My son”, the father said, “you are always with me. Everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad. This brother of yours was dead. And now he is alive again. He was lost. And now he is found.” ’

Luke 15

English Standard Version

1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. (Mt 11:19) 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” (Ex 16:2; Ex 16:7; Nu 14:2; Jos 9:18; Mt 9:11; Mt 11:19; Mr 2:16; Lu 5:30; Lu 7:39; Lu 19:7; Ac 11:3; 1Co 5:11; Ga 2:12) 3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? (Ex 3:1; 1Sa 17:28; Eze 34:4; Eze 34:6; Eze 34:11; Eze 34:16; Mt 18:12; Lu 19:10; 1Pe 2:25) 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. (Isa 40:11; Isa 49:22; Isa 60:4; Isa 66:12) 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 that was lost.’ (1Pe 2:25) 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. (Mt 9:13; Lu 5:32; Lu 15:10) 8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins,[1] if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And 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.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Lu 12:8) 11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. (De 21:17; Mr 12:44; Lu 15:30) 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. (Eph 5:18; Tit 1:6; 1Pe 4:4) 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to[2] one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. (Lu 16:21) 17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! (1Ki 8:47; Ac 12:11) 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. (Ex 10:16; Mt 21:25; Joh 3:27) 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ (Lu 7:6) 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (Ge 33:4; 2Sa 14:33; Ac 20:37; Jas 4:8) 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.’[3] (Lu 15:19) 22 But the father said to his servants,[4] ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. (Ge 41:42; Es 3:10; Es 8:2; Eze 16:10; Zec 3:3) 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. (1Sa 28:24; Lu 12:19) 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. (Lu 15:32; Ro 11:15; Eph 2:1; Col 2:13; Re 3:1) 25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. (Lu 15:23) 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ (Pr 29:3; Lu 15:12) 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. (Joh 8:35) 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’” (Lu 15:24; Lu 15:29)