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Luke 15 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

15 And publicans and sinful men were approaching to him [were nighing to him], to hear him.

And the Pharisees and scribes grumbled [grutched], saying, For this [man] receiveth sinful men, and eateth with them.

And he spake to them this parable, and said [saying],

What man of you that hath an hundred sheep, and if he hath lost one of them, whether he leaveth not ninety and nine in desert [and if he shall lose one of them, whether he leave not ninety and nine in desert], and goeth to it that perished, till he find it?

And when he hath found it, he joyeth, and layeth it on his shoulders; [And when he hath found it, he joying putteth on his shoulders;]

and he cometh home, and calleth together his friends and neighbours, and saith to them, Be ye glad with me, for I have found my sheep, that had perished.[a]

And I say to you, so joy shall be in heaven on one sinful man doing penance, more than on ninety and nine just, that have no need to penance [than of ninety and nine just, that have no need of penance].

Or what woman having ten bezants, and if she hath lost one bezant, whether she tendeth not a lantern, and turneth upside-down the house[b], and seeketh diligently, till [that] she find it?

And when she hath found, she calleth together friends and neighbours, and saith, Be ye glad with me, for I have found the bezant that I had lost [saying, Glad ye with me, for I have found the drachma, which I had lost].

10 So I say to you, joy shall be before the angels of God on [upon] one sinful man doing penance.

11 And he said, A man had two sons [Some man had two sons];

12 and the younger of them said to the father, Father, give me the portion of chattel, that falleth to me. And he parted to them the chattel.[c]

13 And not after many days, when all things were gathered together, the younger son went forth in pilgrimage into a far country; and there he wasted his goods in living lecherously [and there he wasted his substance, or goods, in living lecherously].

14 And after that he had ended all things, a strong hunger was made in that country, and he began to have need.

15 And he went, and drew him(self) to one of the citizens of that country [And he went, and cleaved to one of the citizens of that country]. And he sent him into his town, to feed swine.

16 And he coveted to fill his womb of the pods that the hogs ate, and no man gave to him.

17 And he turned again to himself, and said, How many hired men in my father's house have plenty of loaves; and I perish here through hunger [forsooth I perish here in hunger].

18 I shall rise up, and go to my father, and I shall say to him, Father, I have sinned into heaven [Father, I have sinned against heaven], and before thee;

19 and now I am not worthy to be called thy son, make me as one of thine hired men.

20 And he rose up, and came to his father. And when he was yet afar, his father saw him, and was stirred by mercy. And he ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned into heaven [Father, I have sinned against heaven], and before thee; and now I am not worthy to be called thy son.

22 And the father said to his servants, Swiftly bring ye forth the first stole, and clothe ye him [and clothe him], and give ye a ring in his hand, and shoes on his feet;

23 and bring ye a fat calf, and slay ye, and eat we, and make we feast.

24 For this my son was dead, and hath lived again; he perished, and is found. And all men began to eat [And all began for to eat gladly].

25 But his elder son was in the field; and when he came, and approached to the house [and nighed to the house], he heard a symphony and a crowd.

26 And he called one of the servants, and asked, what these things were.

27 And he said to him, Thy brother is come, and thy father slew a fat calf[d], for he received him safe.

28 And he was wroth, and would not come in. Therefore his father went out, and began to pray him.

29 And he answered to his father, and said, Lo! so many years I serve thee, and I never brake thy commandment; and thou never gave to me a kid, that I with my friends should have eaten.[e]

30 But after that this thy son, that hath devoured his substance with whores, came, thou hast slain to him a fat calf.[f]

31 And he said to him, Son, thou art evermore with me [Son, thou art ever with me], and all my things be thine.

32 But it behooved to make feast, and to have joy; for this thy brother was dead, and lived again [and liveth again]; he perished, and is found.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 15:6 and he coming home calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, Glad ye with me, for I have found my sheep, which had perished/for I have found the sheep, that I had lost.
  2. Luke 15:8 Either what woman having ten drachmas, or bezants, and if she shall lose one drachma, whether she lighteth not a lantern, and turneth upside-down the house
  3. Luke 15:12 and the younger said to his father, Father, give me the portion of substance, or chattel, that falleth me. And he parted to them the substance.
  4. Luke 15:27 and thy father hath slain a fat calf/and thy father slew a fatted calf
  5. Luke 15:29 And he answering to his father, said, Lo! so many years I serve to thee, and I never passed over, or brake, thy commandment; and thou never hast given to me a kid, that I should eat largely with my friends.
  6. Luke 15:30 But after that this thy son, which devoured his substance with whores, came, thou hast slain to him a fatted calf.

Luke 15 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

The loving mercy of God is openly seen in the parables of the hundredth sheep and of the son that was lost.

15 Then all the publicans and sinners sought him out, in order to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, He receives sinners into his company, and eats with them. Then Jesus put forth this similitude to them, saying, What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the countryside and go after the one that is lost until he finds him? And when he has found him, he puts him on his shoulders with joy. And as soon as he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost! I say to you that likewise there will be joy in heaven over one sinner that repents more than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

Or what woman who has ten drachmas, if she loses one, does not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and search diligently till she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and her neighbours, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the drachma that I had lost. 10 Likewise I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons, 12 and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the part of the goods that belongs to me. And he divided the substance of his wealth between them. 13 And not long after, the younger son gathered all that he had together, and took his journey into a far country. And there he wasted his goods with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all that he had, there arose a great dearth throughout all that same land, and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and attached himself to a citizen of that same country, who sent him to his field to keep his swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate, but no man gave to him.

17 Then he came to himself and said, How many hired servants at my father’s have bread enough, and I am dying of hunger? 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.

20 And he arose and went to his father. And 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 to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son. 22 But his father said to his servants, Bring forth that best garment and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring here 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 now found. And they began to be merry.

25 The elder brother was in the field, and when he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing, 26 and called one of his servants and asked what those things meant. 27 And the servant said to him, Your brother is come, and your father had the fatted calf killed, because he has received him safe and sound.

28 And the elder brother was angry and would not go in. Then his father came out and entreated him. 29 He answered and said to his father, Lo, these many years I have served you, and not once broken your commandment, and yet you never gave me so much as a kid to make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this your son comes, who has devoured your goods with harlots, you have for his pleasure killed the fatted calf!

31 And the father said to him, Son, you were always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive again, and was lost, and is found.

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Luke 15 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

15 The parable of the lost sheep. 8 Of the groat,  12 And of the prodigal son.

Then [a]resorted unto [b]him [c]all the Publicans and sinners, to hear him.

Therefore the Pharisees and Scribes murmured, saying, He receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

Then spake he this parable to them, saying,

What man of you having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave 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 with joy.

And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, 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 for one sinner that converteth, more than for ninety and nine just men, which need none amendment of life.

Either what woman having ten groats, if she lose one groat, 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 neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me: for I have found the groat which I had lost.

10 Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the Angels of God, for one sinner that converteth.

11 [d]He said moreover, A certain man had two sons,

12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of the goods that falleth to me. So he divided unto them his substance.

13 So not many days after, when the younger son had gathered all together, he took his journey into a far country, and there he wasted his goods with riotous living.

14 Now when he had spent all, there arose a great dearth throughout that land, and he began to be in necessity.

15 Then he went and clave to a citizen of that country, and he sent him to his farm, to feed swine.

16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine ate: but no man gave them him.

17 [e]Then he came to himself, and said, How many hired servants at my father’s have bread enough, and I die for hunger?

18 I will rise and go to my father, and say unto him, Father, I have sinned against [f]heaven, and before thee,

19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thine hired servants.

20 So he arose and came to his father, and 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 [g]And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

22 Then 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 the fat calf, and kill him, and let us eat, and be merry:

24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again: and he was lost, but he is found. And they began to be merry.

25 [h]Now the elder brother was in the field, and when he came and drew near to the house, he heard melody, and dancing,

26 And called one of his servants, and asked what those things meant.

27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come, and thy father hath killed the fat calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

28 Then he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.

29 But he answered, and said to his father, Lo, these many years have I done thee service, neither brake I at anytime thy commandment, and yet thou never gavest me a kid that I might make merry with my friends.

30 But when this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy goods with harlots, thou hast for his sake killed the fat calf.

31 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 he was lost, but he is found.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 15:1 Or, draw near.
  2. Luke 15:1 We must not despair of them, which have gone out of the way, but according to the example of Christ, we must take great pains about them.
  3. Luke 15:1 Some Publicans and sinners came to Christ from all quarters.
  4. Luke 15:11 Men by their voluntary falling from God, having spoiled themselves of the benefits which they received of him, cast themselves headlong into infinite calamities: but God of his singular goodness, offering himself freely to them, whom he called to repentance, through the greatness of their misery wherewith they were tamed, doth not only gently receive them, but also enricheth them with far greater gifts, and blesseth them with the chiefest bliss.
  5. Luke 15:17 The beginning of repentance is the acknowledging of the mercy of God, which stirreth us to hope well.
  6. Luke 15:18 Against God, because he is said to dwell in heaven.
  7. Luke 15:21 In true repentance there is a feeling of our sins, joined with sorrow and shame, from whence springeth a confession, after which followeth forgiveness.
  8. Luke 15:25 Such as truly fear God, desire to have all men to be their fellows.
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Luke 15 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

15 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

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, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

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. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

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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