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Geneva Bible (1599): Luke 15

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1 Then resorted vnto him all the Publicanes and sinners, to heare him.

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2 Therefore the Pharises and Scribes murmured, saying, Hee receiueth sinners, and eateth with them.

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3 Then spake hee this parable to them, saying,

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4 What man of you hauing an hundreth sheepe, if hee lose one of them, doeth not leaue ninetie and nine in the wildernesse, and goe after that which is lost, vntill he finde it?

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5 And when he hath found it, he laieth it on his shoulders with ioye.

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6 And when he commeth home, he calleth together his friendes and neighbours, saying vnto them, Reioyce with mee: for I haue founde my sheepe which was lost.

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7 I say vnto you, that likewise ioy shall be in heauen for one sinner that conuerteth, more then for ninetie and nine iust men, which neede none amendment of life.

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8 Either what woman hauing ten groates, if she lose one groate, doth not light a candle, and sweepe the house, and seeke diligently till shee finde it?

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9 And when shee hath found it, shee calleth her friendes, and neighbours, saying, Reioyce with me: for I haue found the groate which I had lost.

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10 Likewise I say vnto you, there is ioy in the presence of the Angels of God, for one sinner that conuerteth.

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11 He sayde moreouer, A certaine man had two sonnes.

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12 And the yonger of them sayde to his father, Father, giue mee the portion of the goods that falleth to mee. So he deuided vnto them his substance.

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13 So not many daies after, when the yonger sonne had gathered all together, hee tooke his iourney into a farre countrey, and there hee wasted his goods with riotous liuing.

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14 Nowe when hee had spent all, there arose a great dearth throughout that land, and he began to be in necessitie.

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15 Then hee went and claue to a citizen of that conntrey, and hee sent him to his farme, to feede swine.

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16 And hee would faine haue filled his bellie with the huskes, that the swine ate: but no man gaue them him.

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17 Then he came to him selfe, and said, Howe many hired seruaunts at my fathers haue bread ynough, and I die for hunger?

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18 I wil rise and goe to my father, and say vnto him, Father, I haue sinned against heaue, and before thee,

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19 And am no more worthy to be called thy sonne: make me as one of thy hired seruants.

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20 So hee arose and came to his father, and when hee was yet a great way off, his father sawe him, and had compassion, and ranne and fell on his necke, and kissed him.

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21 And the sonne sayde vnto him, Father, I haue sinned against heauen, and before thee, and am no more worthie to be called thy sonne.

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22 Then the father said to his seruaunts, Bring foorth the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feete,

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23 And bring the fat calfe, and kill him, and let vs eate, and be merie:

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24 For this my sonne was dead, and is aliue againe: and he was lost, but he is found. And they began to be merie.

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25 Nowe the elder brother was in the fielde, and when he came and drewe neere to the house, he heard melodie, and dauncing,

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26 And called one of his seruaunts, and asked what those things meant.

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27 And hee sayde vnto him, Thy brother is come, and thy father hath killed the fatte calfe, because he hath receiued him safe and sound.

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28 Then he was angry, and would not goe in: therefore came his father out and entreated him.

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29 But he answered and said to his father, Loe, these many yeeres haue I done thee seruice, neither brake I at any time thy commadement, and yet thou neuer gauest mee a kidde that I might make merie with my friends.

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30 But when this thy sonne was come, which hath deuoured thy good with harlots, thou hast for his sake killed the fat calfe.

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31 And he said vnto him, Sonne, thou art euer with me, and al that I haue, is thine. It was meete that we shoulde make merie, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is aliue againe: and hee was lost, but he is found.

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