Chapter 121

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(Luke 15:1,2)  Then drew near unto him all the publicans [Gk: tax collectors] and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured [Gk: complained], saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.


(Luke 15:3-7)  And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth [Gk: to think differently] [a change of mind], more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.


(Luke 15:8-10)  Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.



(Luke 15:11-13)  And he said, A certain man had two sons [allegorically named Law and Grace]: And the younger of them [?] said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me [through my inheritance]. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

1.      wasted = Gk: to dissipate, i.e. (gen.) to rout or separate; spec. to winnow; fig. to squander:--disperse, scatter (abroad), strew, waste.

2.      substance = Gk: i.e. property (possessions):--goods, substance. [What is your substance?]

3.      riotous = Gk: dissolutely [Dict: extravagantly, recklessly, decadently] /// unsavedness, i.e. (by impl.) profligacy:--excess, riot.


(Luke 15:14-16)  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country [unequally yoked]; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine [pigs]. And he would fain [Dict: willingly] have filled his belly with the husks [empty seed pods] that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.


(Luke 15:17-19)  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

1.      (Mark 5:15-17)  And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion [Gk: a Roman regiment of 6,000 men], sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.


(Luke 15:20,21)  And 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. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.


(Luke 15:22-24)  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again [i.e., born-again]; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.



(Luke 15:25-27)  Now his elder son was in the field [works]: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

(Luke 15:28-30)  And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.


(Luke 15:31,32)  And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.