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The Gospel According to Luke

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Luke 15

        1Now all the tax collectors and the sinful [people] were coming near to Him, to be hearing Him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes began protesting, saying, “This One welcomes sinful [people] and eats with them!”

            3So He told this allegory to them, saying, 4“What man from [among] you*, having a hundred sheep and having lost one of them, does not leave behind the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one having been lost until he finds it? 5And having found [it], he puts [it] on his own shoulders rejoicing. 6And having come into his house, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I found my sheep, the one having been lost!’ 7I say to you*, in the same way [there] will be [more] joy in the heaven over one sinful [person] repenting than over ninety-nine righteous [people] who have no need of repentance.

            8“Or what woman having ten drachmas [i.e. silver coins, each worth about 1/8 of an ounce or 3.5 grams of silver], if she loses one drachma, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until which [time] she finds [it]? 9And having found [it], she calls together her female friends and her female neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I found the drachma which I lost!’ 10In the same way, I say to you*, joy takes place in the presence of the angels of God over one sinful [person] repenting.”

            11And He said, “A certain man had two sons. 12And the younger of them said to the father, ‘Father, give to me the share of the wealth falling [by inheritance] to [me].’ And he divided to them his livelihood [or, his property]. 13And not many days after, having gathered all together, the younger son went on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered his wealth, living recklessly. 14Then when he had spent all, a severe famine occurred throughout that country, and he began to be having need. 15And having gone, he was joined to [or, hired out to] one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him to the farms to be feeding pigs. 16And he was longing to fill his stomach from the carob pods which the pigs were eating, and no one was giving [anything] to him.

            17“But having come to himself, he said, ‘How many hired workers of my father have an abundance of bread, but I am perishing with hunger! 18Having risen, I will go to my father and will say to him, “Father, I [have] sinned against heaven and before you, 19and I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired workers.”’ 20And having risen, he went to his father.

        “But he still being a long distance away, his father saw him and was moved with compassion; and having ran, he fell on his neck [fig., embraced him] and affectionately kissed him. 21Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I [have] sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22But the father said to his slaves, ‘Bring out the first [fig., best] long robe and clothe him, and give [him] a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet. 23And having brought the fatted calf, slaughter [it], and having eaten, let us celebrate; 24because this son of mine was dead and came back to life, and he had been lost and was found!’ And they began to be celebrating.

            25“Now his older son was in a field. And while coming, he approached the house [and] heard music and dancing. 26And having summoned one of the slave boys, he began inquiring what these [things] might be [fig., meant]. 27Then he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father slaughtered the fatted calf, because he received him back being in good health.’ 28But he was enraged and would not go in. So his father having come out began pleading with him.

            29“But answering, he said to the father, ‘Listen! So many years I am serving as a slave to you, and I never transgressed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat so that I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours, the one having devoured your livelihood with prostitutes came, you slaughtered the fatted calf for him!’

            31“Then he said to him, ‘Child, you are always with me, and all my [possessions] are yours. 32But it was necessary to celebrate and to be glad, because this your brother was dead and came back to life, and had been lost and was found.’”


Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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