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15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him.
15:3 He told them this parable.
15:5 When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
15:6 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!`
15:8 Or what woman, if she had ten drachma coins, if she lost one drachma, wouldn`t light a lamp, sweep the house, and seek diligently until she found it?
15:9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the drachma which I had lost.`
15:11 He said, "A certain man had two sons.
15:14 When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need.
15:17 But when he came to himself he said, `How many hired servants of my father`s have bread enough to spare, and I`m dying with hunger!
15:18 I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight.
15:19 I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants."`
15:20 He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
15:21 The son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son.`
15:23 Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and celebrate;
15:24 for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.` They began to be merry.
15:26 He called one of the servants to him, and asked what was going on.
15:27 He said to him, `Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him safe and sound.`
15:28 But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father came out, and begged him.
15:29 But he answered his father, `Behold, these many years I served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, and you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.
15:31 He said to him, `Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
15:32 But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.`