12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.14 Even so it is not thewill of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them,‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheepwhich was lost!’7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repentsthan over ninety-nine[a]just persons whoneed no repentance.
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