(134) The Lost Son
And He continued: “A certain man had two sons; and the younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that will come to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them.
“Not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and began his journey into a distant country, where he wasted his wealth with reckless living. And when he had spent it all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in need. So he went and began working for a citizen of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. He would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, but no one gave him anything.
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, while I’m about to die from hunger! I will arise and go to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants.’
“So he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and hugged his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 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. Bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let’s eat and be merry. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
“Now his older son was in the field. As he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what all this meant. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’
“But he was angry and would not go in. So his father came out and pleaded with him. But he said to his father, ‘Look! I have served you for these many years, and I never, at any time, transgressed your commandment; yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours returns, who has squandered your wealth with harlots, you kill the fattened calf for him.’
“And his father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should celebrate and be glad, for this brother of yours was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ “
(134) The Lost Son
Luke 15:11-32, KJV
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 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. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 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! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 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. 21 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. 22 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: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 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. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 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: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 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.
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