15:1 And all the publicans and the sinners were drawing near to him to hear him.
2 And both the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying: This man receives sinners and eats with them.
3 But he spoke to them this parable, saying:
4 What man of you, that has a hundred sheep, and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, till he find it?
5 And when he finds it, he lays it on his shoulder rejoicing;
6 and having come home, he calls together the friends and the neighbors, saying to them: Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.
7 I say to you that so there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety-nine righteous who have no need of repentance.
8 Or what woman having ten drachmas, if she lose one drachma, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek carefully till she find it?
9 And when she has found it, she calls together the friends and neighbors, saying: Rejoice with me, for I have found the drachma that I lost.
10 So, I say to you, there arises joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.
11 And he said: A certain man had two sons.
12 And the younger of them said to the father: Father, give me the part of the estate that falls to me. And he divided to them the living.
13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together and went from home into a distant country, and there wasted his estate by riotous living.
14 But when he had spent all, there arose a great famine throughout that land, and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine;
16 and he desired to fill his belly with the pods that the swine did eat; and no one gave to him.
17 But having come to himself, he said: How many hired servants of my father have bread enough and to spare; but I am perishing here with hunger.
18 I will arise and go to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and in thy sight;
19 no longer am I worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose and came to his father. And while he was yet a great way off, his father saw him and had pity on him; and running, he fell upon his neck and kissed him.
21 And the son said to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and in thy sight; no longer am I worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants: Bring forth 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, kill, and let us eat and be merry;
24 for this, my son, was dead and lives again, was lost and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 But his older son was in the field; and when he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing;
26 and calling to him one of the servants, he inquired what these things meant.
27 And he said to him: Thy brother has come, and thy father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him in health.
28 But he was angry, and would not go in; and his father came out and entreated him.
29 But he answered and said to the father: Behold, so many years do I serve thee, and at no time have I transgressed thy commandment; and yet to me thou hast at no time given a kid that I might make merry with my friends;
30 but when thy son, this that has eaten up thy living with harlots, came, thou didst kill for him the fatted calf.
31 But he said to him: Son, thou art always with me, and all mine is thine;
32 but to make merry and to be glad was needful, for this thy brother was dead and lives again; was lost and is found.