Luke 15:1-10

1 One day when many tax collectors and other outcasts came to listen to Jesus,

2 the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law started grumbling, “This man welcomes outcasts and even eats with them!”

3 So Jesus told them this parable:

4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them – what do you do? You leave the other 99 sheep in the pasture and go looking for the one that got lost until you find it.

5 When you find it, you are so happy that you put it on your shoulders

6 and carry it back home. Then you call your friends and neighbours together and say to them, ‘I am so happy I found my lost sheep. Let us celebrate!’

7 In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 respectable people who do not need to repent.

8 Or suppose a woman who has 10 silver coins loses one of them – what does she do? She lights a lamp, sweeps her house, and looks carefully everywhere until she finds it.

9 When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together, and says to them,

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