Luke 15:1-10 New International Version

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." 3  Then Jesus told them this parable: 4  "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6  and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

8  "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[1]and loses one. Doesn't she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9  And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' 10  In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Footnotes

[1] 15:8 Greek "ten drachmas," each worth about a day's wages

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