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A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life

She calleth together her friends and neighbours


leave the ninety and

nine in the wilderness, and go after that 5 which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he 6 layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and his neighbours, saying unto them, 7 Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, _more_ than over ninety and nine righteous persons, which need no repentance. 8 Or what woman having ten [1]pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek 9 diligently until she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth together her friends and neighbours, saying, Rejoice with 10 me, for I have found the piece which I had lost. Even so, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. 11, 12 And he said, A certain man had two sons: and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of [2]_thy_ substance 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 he wasted his 14 substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that country; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that
16 country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have been filled with [3]the husks that the swine did 17 eat: and no man gave unto him. But when he came to himself he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and 18 to spare, and I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against 19 heaven, and in thy sight: I am no more worthy to be called thy 20 son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But while he was yet afar off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and 21 [4]kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight: I am no more worthy to be called 22 thy son.[5] But the father said to his [6]servants, Bring forth quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his 23 hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring the fatted calf, _and_ kill 24 it, and let us eat, and make merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be 25 merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew 26 nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called to him one of the [6]servants, and inquired what these things might 27 be. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and 28 sound. But he was angry, and would not go in: and his father came 29 out, and intreated him. But he answered and said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, and I never transgressed a commandment of thine: and _yet_ thou never gavest me a kid, that I 30 might make merry with my friends: but when this thy son came, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou killedst for him 31 the fatted calf. And he said unto him, [7]Son, thou art ever with 32 me, and all that is mine is thine. But it was meet to 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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