The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Matthew 18

10 "See that you do not despise g one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven h their angels always i see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 1 12 j What do you think? k If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So l it is not the will of my 2 Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 6:29
    Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
    Matthew 25:40
    And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
    Matthew 25:45
    Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.
    Luke 15:7
    Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
    Luke 15:10
    Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
  2. Cross References
    Acts 12:15
    They said to her, "You are out of your mind." But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, "It is his angel!
    Psalms 34:7
    The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
    Psalms 91:11
    For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
    Hebrews 1:14
    Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
  3. Cross References
    Luke 1:19
    And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
    Revelation 8:2
    Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
    Esther 1:14
    The men next to him being Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, who saw the king's face, and sat first in the kingdom):
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 17:25
    He said, "Yes." And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?
    Matthew 21:28
    "What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.'
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 18:12 - 14
    What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
    Luke 15:4 - 7
    What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?
  6. Cross References
    John 6:39
    And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.
    John 10:28
    I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
    John 17:12
    While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
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