English Standard Version
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins,[a] if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before (A)the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me (B)the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided (C)his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in (D)reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to[b] one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he (E)was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But (F)when he (G)came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, (H)I have sinned against (I)heaven and before you. 19 (J)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 (K)ran and (L)embraced him and (M)kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. (N)I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’[c] 22 But the father said to his servants,[d] ‘Bring quickly (O)the best robe, and put it on him, and put (P)a ring on his hand, and (Q)shoes on his feet. 23 And bring (R)the fattened calf and kill it, and (S)let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son (T)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 (U)celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, (V)who has devoured (W)your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, (X)you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting (Y)to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother (Z)was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
16 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had (AA)a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2 And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your (AB)management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3 And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ 5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He said, ‘A hundred measures[e] of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures[f] of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 The master commended the dishonest manager for his (AC)shrewdness. For (AD)the sons of this world[g] are (AE)more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than (AF)the sons of light. 9 And I tell you, (AG)make friends for yourselves by means of (AH)unrighteous wealth,[h] so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.
10 (AI)“One who is (AJ)faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in (AK)that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 (AL)No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
The Law and the Kingdom of God
14 (AM)The Pharisees, who were (AN)lovers of money, heard all these things, and they (AO)ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who (AP)justify yourselves before men, but (AQ)God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men (AR)is an abomination in the sight of God.
16 (AS)“The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then (AT)the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and (AU)everyone forces his way into it.[i] 17 But (AV)it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.
Divorce and Remarriage
18 (AW)“Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in (AX)purple and fine linen and (AY)who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate (AZ)was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with (BA)what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by (BB)the angels (BC)to Abraham's side.[j] The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in (BD)Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and (BE)saw Abraham far off and Lazarus (BF)at his side. 24 And he called out, (BG)‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and (BH)cool my tongue, for (BI)I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that (BJ)you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have (BK)Moses and the Prophets; (BL)let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, (BM)father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear (BN)Moses and the Prophets, (BO)neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”
Temptations to Sin
17 And he said to his disciples, (BP)“Temptations to sin[k] are (BQ)sure to come, but (BR)woe to the one through whom they come! 2 (BS)It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.[l] 3 Pay attention to yourselves! (BT)If your brother sins, (BU)rebuke him, and if he repents, (BV)forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you (BW)seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Increase Our Faith
5 (BX)The apostles said to the Lord, (BY)“Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, (BZ)“If you had faith like (CA)a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this (CB)mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
7 “Will any one of you who has a servant[m] plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? 8 Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and (CC)dress properly,[n] and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are (CD)unworthy servants;[o] we have only done what was our duty.’”
- Luke 15:8 Greek ten drachmas; a drachma was a Greek coin approximately equal in value to a Roman denarius, worth about a day's wage for a laborer
- Luke 15:15 Greek joined himself to
- Luke 15:21 Some manuscripts add treat me as one of your hired servants
- Luke 15:22 Or bondservants
- Luke 16:6 About 875 gallons or 3,200 liters
- Luke 16:7 Between 1,000 and 1,200 bushels or 37,000 to 45,000 liters
- Luke 16:8 Greek age
- Luke 16:9 Greek mammon, a Semitic word for money or possessions; also verse 11; rendered money in verse 13
- Luke 16:16 Or everyone is forcefully urged into it
- Luke 16:22 Greek bosom; also verse 23
- Luke 17:1 Greek Stumbling blocks
- Luke 17:2 Greek stumble
- Luke 17:7 Or bondservant; also verse 9
- Luke 17:8 Greek gird yourself
- Luke 17:10 Or bondservants