The Pharisees murmur at Christ for receiving sinners. The parable of the lost sheep, and piece of silver; and of the prodigal son.
1 Then drew near unto him 1all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes 1murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 ¶ And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 1What 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, 1he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his 1friends 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 1just 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 1seek diligently till she find it?
9 1And 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, 1there is joy in the presence of 2the 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, 1Father, give me 2the portion of goods that falleth to me. 3And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a 1far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 1And 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 1feed swine.
16 1And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and 2no man gave unto him.
17 And when 1he 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 1I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 1And am no more worthy to be called thy son: 2make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. 1But when he was yet a great way off, 2his father saw him, and had compassion, and 3ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, 1I 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 1the best robe, and put it on him; and put a 2ring on his hand, and 3shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the 1fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 1For this my son was 2dead, and is 3alive again; he was 4lost, and is found. 5And they began to be merry.
25 1Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard 2musick and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, 1Thy brother is come; and 2thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 1And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, 1Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and 2yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30 1But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31 And he said unto him, Son, 1thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
32 1It was meet that we should make merry, 2and be glad: for this 3thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.