All the tax collectors and sinners
were drawing near him to listen to him.
Both the Pharisees and the scholars grumbled
saying, "This one welcomes sinners and eats with them."
He told them this parable:
"What person among you having a hundred sheep
and losing one of them wandering astray
does not leave the ninety-nine on the hills
and go search for the wandering one until one finds it?
and finding it one puts it on one's shoulders rejoicing,
and going home one calls together friends and neighbors,
saying to them, 'Rejoice with me,
for I found my lost sheep.'
"I tell you that there will be more joy in heaven
over one sinner repenting than over ninety-nine just persons
who have no need of repentance.
Thus it is not your Father's will in heaven
that one of these small ones should be lost.
"Or what woman having ten silver coins,
if she should lose one coin,
does not light a lamp and sweep the house
and search carefully until she finds it?
and finding it she calls together friends and neighbors
saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I found the coin which I lost.'
"Thus I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God
over one sinner repenting."
He said, "A certain person had two sons.
The younger one said to the father,
'Father, give me my share of the estate.'
So he divided his living between them.
"After not too many days the younger son
getting everything together moved away to a far country,
and there he squandered his property in profligate living.
When he had spent everything,
a severe famine occurred throughout that country,
and he began to be in need.
So going he was hired
by one of the citizens of that country,
and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs;
he longed to fill his stomach
from the carob pods which the pigs ate,
and no one gave him anything.
"But coming to himself he said,
'My father has so many hired laborers and abundance of bread,
but I am dying of hunger here.
Getting up I will travel to my father and say to him,
"Father, I sinned against heaven and before you;
no longer am I worthy to be called your son;
make me like one of your hired laborers."'
"So getting up he went to his own father.
But while he was still far away,
his father saw him and was compassionate,
and running he embraced his neck and kissed him.
The son said to him, 'Father,
I sinned against heaven and before you;
no longer am I worthy to be called your son.'
"But the father said to his servants,
'Quickly bring out my best robe and put it on him,
and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet,
and bring the fattened calf, sacrifice it,
and eating let us celebrate,
for this son of mine was dead and lives again,
was lost and is found.'
"So they began to celebrate.
But his older son was in the field;
and as he was coming near the house,
he heard music and dancing,
and calling to one of the servants
he inquired what this might be.
He told him, 'Your brother has come,
and your father sacrificed the fattened calf,
for he has gotten him back safe and sound.'
"He was angry and did not wish to go in,
but his father coming out pleaded with him.
But he answered the father,
'Look, so many years I serve you,
and never did I go against your command,
and you never gave a goat to me
so that I might celebrate with my friends;
but when this son of yours
who ate up your living with prostitutes came,
you sacrificed for him the fattened calf.'
"He said to him, 'Child, you are always with me,
and all my things are yours;
but we must celebrate and rejoice,
because this brother of yours was dead and lives,
and was lost and is found.'"