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Weymouth Bible – Luke Chapter 15

Luke 15:1
Now the tax-gatherers and the notorious sinners were everywhere in the habit of coming close to Him to listen to Him;

Luke 15:2
and this led the pharisees and the Scribes indignantly to complain, saying, “He gives a welcome to notorious sinners, and joins them at their meals!”

Luke 15:3
So in figurative language He asked them,

Luke 15:4
“Which of you men, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in their pasture and go in search of the lost one till he finds it?

Luke 15:5
And when he has found it, he lifts it on his shoulder, glad at heart.

Luke 15:6
Then coming home he calls his friends and neighbours together, and says, `Congratulate me, for I have found my sheep–the one I had lost.’

Luke 15:7
I tell you that in the same way there will be rejoicing in Heaven over one repentant sinner–more rejoicing than over ninety-nine blameless persons who have no need of repentance.

Luke 15:8
“Or what woman who has ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully till she finds it?

Luke 15:9
And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, and says, “`Congratulate me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.’

Luke 15:10
“I tell you that in the same way there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one repentant sinner.”

Luke 15:11
He went on to say, “There was a man who had two sons.

Luke 15:12
The younger of them said to his father, “`Father, give me the share of the property that comes to me.’ “So he divided his wealth between them.

Luke 15:13
No long time afterwards the younger son got all together and travelled to a distant country, where he wasted his money in debauchery and excess.

Luke 15:14
At last, when he had spent everything, there came a terrible famine throughout that country, and he began to feel the pinch of want.

Luke 15:15
So he went and hired himself to one of the inhabitants of that country, who sent him on to his farm to tend swine;

Luke 15:16
and he longed to make a hearty meal of the pods the swine were eating, but no one gave him any.

Luke 15:17
“But on coming to himself he said, “`How many of my father’s hired men have more bread than they want, while I here am dying of hunger!

Luke 15:18
I will rise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you:

Luke 15:19
I no longer deserve to be called a son of yours: treat me as one of your hired men.’

Luke 15:20
“So he rose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and pitied him, and ran and threw his arms round his neck and kissed him tenderly.

Luke 15:21
“`Father,’ cried the son, `I have sinned against heaven and before you: no longer do I deserve to be called a son of yours.’

Luke 15:22
“But the father said to his servants, “`Fetch a good coat quickly–the best one–and put it on him; and bring a ring for his finger and shoes for his feet.

Luke 15:23
Fetch the fat calf and kill it, and let us feast and enjoy ourselves;

Luke 15:24
for my son here was dead and has come to life again: he was lost and has been found.’ “And they began to be merry.

Luke 15:25
“Now his elder son was out on the farm; and when he returned and came near home, he heard music and dancing.

Luke 15:26
Then he called one of the lads to him and asked what all this meant.

Luke 15:27
“`Your brother has come,’ he replied; `and your father has had the fat calf killed, because he has got him home safe and sound.’

Luke 15:28
“Then he was angry and would not go in. But his father came out and entreated him.

Luke 15:29
“`All these years,’ replied the son, `I have been slaving for you, and I have never at any time disobeyed any of your orders, and yet you have never given me so much as a kid, for me to enjoy myself with my friends;

Luke 15:30
but now that this son of yours is come who has eaten up your property among his bad women, you have killed the fat calf for him.’

Luke 15:31
“`You my dear son,’ said the father, `are always with me, and all that is mine is also yours.

Luke 15:32
We are bound to make merry and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has come back to life, he was lost and has been found.’”


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