Luke 15:1-10 New Living Translation

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 1  Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. 2  This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people-even eating with them! 3  So Jesus told them this story: 4  "If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won't he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? 5  And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6  When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.' 7  In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away!

The Parable of the Lost Coin

8  "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? 9  And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, 'Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.' 10  In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God's angels when even one sinner repents."

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