he said, A certain man had two sons:
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.
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 fathers 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.
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
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:
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.
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.
he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted
calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated
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.
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.