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XV.  And there were drawing near to him all the publicans and the sinners to hear him.

2And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying: This man receives sinners, and eats with them.

3And he spoke this parable to them, saying:

4What man of you, having a hundred sheep, and having lost one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he finds it?

5And having found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6And coming home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them: Rejoice with me; because I found my sheep which was lost.

7I say to you, that so there will be joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons, who have no need of repentance.

8Or what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, does not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek carefully till she finds it?

9And having found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying: Rejoice with me; because I found the piece which I lost.

10So, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.

11And he said: A certain man had two sons.

12And the younger of them said to his father: Father, give me the portion of the property that falls to me. And he divided to them his living.

13And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and went abroad into a far country, and there wasted his substance in riotous living.

14And when he had spent all, there arose a grievous famine in that country; and he began to be in want.

15And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks which the swine ate; and no one gave to him.

17And coming to himself, he said: How many hired servants of my father have bread enough and to spare, and I perish here with hunger!

18I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him: Father, I sinned against heaven, and before thee.

19I am no longer worthy to be called thy son; make me as one of thy hired servants.

20And 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.

21And the son said to him: Father, I sinned against heaven, and before thee; I am no longer worthy to be called thy son.

22But the father said to his servants: Bring forth a robe, the best, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and sandals on his feet;

23and bring the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat and be merry.

24Because this my son was dead and is alive again, was lost and is found. And they began to be merry.

25Now his elder son was in the field. And as he came, and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.

26And calling to him one of the servants, he inquired what these things meant.

27And he said to him: Thy brother is come; and thy father killed the fatted calf, because he received him back, safe and sound.

28And he was angry, and would not go in; and his father came out, and entreated him.

29And he answering said to his father: Lo, so many years do I serve thee, and never transgressed thy command; and to me thou never gayest a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.

30But when this thy son came, who devoured thy living with harlots, thou didst kill for him the fatted calf.

31And he said to him: Child, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

32It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad; because this thy brother was dead and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.