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15:1 Then drew near to him all the tax Collectors and sinners for to hear him.
15:2 And the Prushim and Sofrim (Torah-teachers) murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
15:3 And he spoke this mashal (parable משל) to them, saying,
15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
15:5 And when he has found [it], he layeth [it] on his shoulders, rejoicing.
15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together [his] friends and neighbours, saying to them, Rejoice with Me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
15:7 I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in shamayim over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find [it]?
15:9 And when she has found [it], she calleth [her] friends and [her] neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with Me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
15:10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the malakhim Elohim over one sinner that repenteth.
15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
15:12 And the younger of them said to [his] father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth [to me]. And he divided to them [his] living.
15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
15:16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired avadim of my father's have lechem enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against shamayim, and before you,
15:19 And am no more worthy to be called your son: make me as one of your hired avadim.
15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
15:21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against shamayim, and in your sight, and am no more worthy to be called your son.
15:22 But the father said to his avadim, Bring forth the best robe, and put [it] on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on [his] feet:
15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill [it]; and let us eat, and be merry:
15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
15:25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
15:26 And he called one of the avadim, and asked what these things meant.
15:27 And he said to him, Thy brother is come; and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.
15:28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
15:29 And he answering said to [his] father, hinnei, these many years do I serve you, neither transgressed I at any time your commandment: and yet you never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
15:30 But as soon as this your son was come, which has devoured your living with harlots, you hast killed for him the fatted calf.
15:31 And he said to him, Son, you art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
15:32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
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