Luke 15

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

1 Then a all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man 1 receives sinners b and eats with them."

3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying: 4 c "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 "And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 "And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, d 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep e which was lost!' 7 "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents f than over ninety-nine 2 just persons who g need no repentance.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

8 "Or what woman, having ten silver 3 coins, 4 if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 "And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!' 10 "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

11 Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. 12 "And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them h his livelihood. 13 "And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with 5 prodigal living. 14 "But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 "Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 "And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the 6 pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

17 "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 'I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, i I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 "and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." ' 20 "And he arose and came to his father. But j when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 "And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven k and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22 "But the father said to his servants, 7 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 l 'for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry.

25 "Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 "So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 "And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' 28 "But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 "So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 'But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' 31 "And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 'It was right that we should make merry and be glad, m for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 9:10 - 13
    Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.
  2. Cross References
    Acts 11:3
    Saying, "You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!
    Galatians 2:12
    For before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.
  3. Cross References
    Matthew 18:12 - 14
    What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?
    1 Peter 2:25
    For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 12:15
    Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
  5. Cross References
    Luke 19:10
    "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
    1 Peter 2:10
    Who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
    1 Peter 2:25
    For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
  6. Cross References
    Luke 5:32
    "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
  7. Cross References
    Mark 2:17
    When Jesus heard it, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
  8. Cross References
    Mark 12:44
    "for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."
  9. Cross References
    Exodus 9:27
    And Pharaoh sent and called for Moses and Aaron...
    Exodus 10:16
    Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in hast...
    Numbers 22:34
    And Balaam said to the Angel of the LORD, "I ha...
    Joshua 7:20
    And Achan answered Joshua and said, "Indeed I h...
    1 Samuel 15:24
    Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned, for I...
    1 Samuel 15:30
    Then he said, "I have sinned; yet honor me now,...
    1 Samuel 26:21
    Then Saul said, "I have sinned. Return, my son ...
    2 Samuel 12:13
    So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against...
    2 Samuel 24:10
    And David's heart condemned him after he had nu...
    2 Samuel 24:17
    Then David spoke to the LORD when he saw the an...
    Psalms 51:4
    Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done ...
    Matthew 27:4
    Saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent bl...
  10. Cross References
    Jeremiah 3:12
    Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: 'Return, backsliding Israel,' says the LORD; 'I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,' says the LORD; 'I will not remain angry forever.
    Matthew 9:36
    But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
    Acts 2:39
    "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."
    Ephesians 2:13
    But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
    Ephesians 2:17
    And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 51:4
    Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight - That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.
  12. Cross References
    Matthew 8:22
    But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and let the ...
    Luke 9:60
    Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own...
    Luke 15:32
    'It was right that we should make merry and be ...
    Romans 11:15
    For if their being cast away is the reconciling...
    Ephesians 2:1
    And you He made alive, who were dead in trespas...
    Ephesians 2:5
    Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us a...
    Ephesians 5:14
    Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise...
    Colossians 2:13
    And you, being dead in your trespasses and the ...
    1 Timothy 5:6
    But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she...
  13. Cross References
    Luke 15:24
    For this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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