The apostle Luke writing (God speaking via scripture...The Word), being essentially entirely
direct quotes of Jesus' parable of the lost son (the prodigal son)...that the Father is always
ready for the return of all of those who are "sons" and
[after reading below, check commentary]
1973-78: 11Jesus continued: "There was a man who
had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, 'Father,
give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
13 "Not long after that, the
younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth
in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a
severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent
him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his
stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 "When he came to his senses,
he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!
18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him:
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am
no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20 So he got up and went to his father.
"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was
filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed
21 "The son said to him, 'Father,
I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.
22 "But the father said to his
servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on
his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a
feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is
alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
25 "Meanwhile, the older son was
in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.
27 'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has
killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'
28 "The older brother became
angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for
you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate
with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has
squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for
31 " 'My son,' the father said,
'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But
we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was
lost and is found.'
Wycliffe Bible of
1384: 11 And he seide, A man hadde twei
12 and the
yonger of hem seide to the fadir, Fadir, yyue me the porcioun of catel, that fallith to me.
And he departide to hem the catel.
13 And not
aftir many daies, whanne alle thingis weren gederid togider, the yonger sone wente forth in
pilgrymage in to a fer cuntre; and there he wastide hise goodis in lyuynge
14 And aftir
that he hadde endid alle thingis, a strong hungre was maad in that cuntre, and he bigan to
15 And he
wente, and drouy hym to oon of the citeseyns of that cuntre. And he sente hym in to his toun,
to fede swyn.
16 And he
coueitide to fille his wombe of the coddis that the hoggis eeten, and no man yaf
17 And he
turnede ayen to hym silf, and seide, Hou many hirid men in my fadir hous han plente of
looues; and Y perische here thorouy hungir.
18 Y schal
rise vp, and go to my fadir, and Y schal seie to hym, Fadir, Y haue synned in to heuene, and
19 and now Y
am not worthi to be clepid thi sone, make me as oon of thin hirid men.
20 And he roos
vp, and cam to his fadir. And whanne he was yit afer, his fadir saiy hym, and was stirrid bi
mercy. And he ran, and fel on his necke, and kisside hym.
21 And the
sone seide to hym, Fadir, Y haue synned in to heuene, and bifor thee; and now Y am not worthi
to be clepid thi sone.
22 And the
fadir seide to hise seruauntis, Swithe brynge ye forth the firste stoole, and clothe ye hym,
and yyue ye a ryng in his hoond,
23 and schoon
on hise feet; and brynge ye a fat calf, and sle ye, and ete we, and make we
24 For this my
sone was deed, and hath lyued ayen; he perischid, and is foundun. And alle men bigunnen to
25 But his
eldere sone was in the feeld; and whanne he cam, and neiyede to the hous, he herde a symfonye
and a croude.
26 And he
clepide oon of the seruauntis, and axide, what these thingis weren.
27 And he
seide to hym, Thi brother is comun, and thi fadir slewe a fat calf, for he resseyuede hym
28 And he was
wrooth, and wolde not come in. Therfor his fadir wente out, and bigan to preye
29 And he
answerde to his fadir, and seide, Lo! so many yeeris Y serue thee, and Y neuer brak thi
comaundement; and thou neuer yaf to me a kidde, that Y with my freendis schulde haue
30 But aftir
that this thi sone, that hath deuourid his substaunce with horis, cam, thou hast slayn to hym
a fat calf.
31 And he
seide to hym, Sone, thou art euer more with me, and alle my thingis ben
32 But it
bihofte for to make feeste, and to haue ioye; for this thi brother was deed, and lyuede ayen;
he perischide, and is foundun.
King James Bible
of 1611: 11 And he said, A certain man had
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
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
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
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
30 But as soon as
this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the
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.
NAS Bible of
1960: 11 And He said, "A man had two
12 "The younger of
them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.' So he divided
his wealth between them.
13 "And not many days
later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country,
and there he squandered his estate with loose living.
14 "Now when he had
spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be
15 "So he went and
hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed
16 "And he would have
gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything
17 "But when he came
to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am
dying here with hunger!
18 'I will get up and
go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your
19 I am no longer
worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."'
20 "So he got up and
came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion
for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
21 "And the son said
to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called
22 "But the father
said to his slaves, 'Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand
and sandals on his feet;
23 and bring the
fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;
24 for this son of
mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to
25 "Now his older son
was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 "And he summoned
one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be.
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 became
angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.
29 "But he answered
and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected
a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my
30 but when this son
of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for
31 "And he said to
him, 'Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours.
32 'But we had to
celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and
has been found.'"
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(posted 3 January 2004; updated 30 March