Unveiling the saving love of the Triune God toward sinners
By the parable of a shepherd seeking a sheep
all the atax
collectors and sinners were drawing near to Him to hear Him.
both the Pharisees and the ascribes bmurmured
saying, This man welcomes csinners
He told them this 1parable
man of you, who has a ahundred
sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the 1bwilderness
and go after the one which is clost
until he dfinds
when he finds it,
he 1lays it
on his ashoulders
when he comes into his house, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was alost
tell you that in the same way there will be more
joy in heaven over one asinner
repenting than over ninety-nine brighteous
persons who have no need of repentance.
By the parable of a woman seeking a coin
what woman having ten 1silver
coins, if she loses one silver coin, does not light a 2lamp
the house and 4seek
carefully until she finds it?
when she finds it,
she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I lost.
the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the aangels
of God over one sinner repenting.
By the parable of a father receiving his son
He said, A certain man had two sons.
the younger of them said to the father, Father, give me the 1share
of the estate that falls to me.
And he adistributed
to them his 2living
not many days after, the younger son, having gathered everything together, went abroad to a 1distant
country and there squandered his estate by living 2dissolutely
when he had spent all, a severe famine occurred throughout that country, and he began to be in want.
he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country; and he sent him into his fields to 1feed
he longed to be asatisfied
with the 1carob
pods which the hogs were eating, and no one gave him anything.
when he acame
to himself, he said, 1How
many of my father's hired servants abound in bread, but I am perishing here in famine!
up and go ato
my father, and I will say to him, Father, 2I
have sinned against bheaven
longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your 2hired
he rose up and came to his own father. But while he was still a along
way off, his father 1saw
him and was moved with compassion, and he 2ran
on his neck and kissed him affectionately.
the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.
the father said to his slaves, Bring out 2quickly 3the 4best 5robe
and put it
on him, and put a 6ring
on his hand and 7sandals
on his feet.
bring the 1afattened
calf; 2slaughter it,
and let us eat and be merry,
this son of mine was 1dead
again; he was 1lost
and has been found. And they began to be merry.
son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing,
calling to him
one of the servants, he inquired what these things might be.
he said to him, Your brother has come, and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has received him back healthy.
he became angry and was not willing to enter. And his father came out and entreated him.
he answered and said to his father, Behold, so many years I have been 1slaving
for you and have never 2neglected
a command of yours, and you have never given me a goat that I might be merry with my friends;
when this son of yours came, who devoured your 1living
, you slaughtered for him the fattened calf.
he said to him, Child, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
we had to be merry and rejoice, because this brother of yours was 1dead
and has come to life, and he was lost and has been found.