18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, (A)I have sinned against (B)heaven and before you. 19 (C)I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and (D)ran and (E)embraced him and (F)kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. (G)I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’[a] 22 But the father said to his servants,[b] ‘Bring quickly (H)the best robe, and put it on him, and put (I)a ring on his hand, and (J)shoes on his feet. 23 And bring (K)the fattened calf and kill it, and (L)let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son (M)was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might (N)celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, (O)who has devoured (P)your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, (Q)you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 15:21 Some manuscripts add treat me as one of your hired servants
  2. Luke 15:22 Or bondservants

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