1. Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear
2. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man
receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4. What man of
you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave
the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is
lost, until he find it? 5. And when he hath found it, he layeth it
on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and
neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my
sheep which was lost.
7. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one
sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons,
which need no repentance.
8. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one
piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek
diligently till she find it? 9. And when she hath found it, she
calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with
me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
10. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the
angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
11. And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12. And the younger
of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that
falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together,
and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his
substance with riotous living.
14. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that
land; and he began to be in want.
15. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and
he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the
swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of
my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18. I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father,
I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19. And am no more
worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a
great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and
fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven,
and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe,
and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23. And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat,
and be merry: 24. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he
was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh
to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
26. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things
27. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath
killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father
out, and intreated him.
29. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I
serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and
yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my
friends: 30. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath
devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted
31. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I
have is thine.
32. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy
brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.