Modern Literal Version
[Luke 15]

     15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were drawing near to him to hear him. 15:2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were murmuring, saying, This man accepts sinners and eats together with them.

     {Similar: Mat 18:12-14, Luk 15:3-7}

     15:3 Now he spoke to them this parable, saying: 15:4What man out of you*, having a hundred sheep and having lost one out of them, does not leave the ninety nine in the wilderness and travel to what has been lost, until he should find it?15:5And having found it, he places it upon his own shoulders, rejoicing.15:6And after he went to his house, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice* together with me, because I found my sheep which has been lost.15:7 I say to you* thus, that there will be joy in heaven over one repenting sinner, more than over ninety nine righteous ones, who have no need of repentance.

     15:8Or what woman having ten two-denarii-coins, if she loses one two-denarii-coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house, and seek carefully until which time she should find it?15:9And having found it, she calls together her friends and her neighbors, saying, Rejoice* together with me, because I found the two-denarii-coin which I lost. 15:10Even so, I say to you*, There becomes joy in the sight of the messengers of God over one repenting sinner.

     15:11 Now he said, A certain man had two sons. 15:12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give to me the part of the estate that would be put toward me. And he sectioned off hislivelihood to them.15:13And not many days after, the younger son gathered it all together and went-abroad into a far region, and he squandered his estate with riotous living there.15:14 Now having spent all, there became a mighty famine throughout that region, and he began to have lackof things.15:15And traveling away, he joined himself to one of the citizens of that region, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.15:16And he was desiring to fill his belly from the carob pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. 15:17Now after he came to himself, he said, How-many of my father's hired servants are abounding, even of bread? But I am perishing here in famine! 15:18When I have risen* up, I will be traveling to my father, and will say to him, Father, I sinned at heaven, and in your sight.15:19I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make* me like one of your hired servants.15:20And having stood up, he came to his father. But while he was still distant, far from him, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell upon his neck and kissed him. 15:21But the son said to him, Father, I sinned at heaven, and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.

     15:22But the father said to his bondservants, Bring* out the foremost robe and clothe* him, and give*him a ring *for his hand and shoes *for his feet; 15:23and after you*have brought the fattened calf, sacrifice* it, and after we have eaten it, let us be joyous.15:24Because this one, my son, was dead and then lived again, and lost and then was found. And they began to be joyous. 15:25Now his elder son was in the field and as he is coming, he drew near to the house, and he heard harmony and dancers. 15:26And having called to him one of the young-servants, he was inquiring what these things might be.

     15:27But he said to him, Your brother is coming, and your father sacrificed the fattened calf because he has received him back healthy.15:28But he was angry and was not willing to enter and therefore his father went out and was pleading him.

     15:29But he answered and said to his father, Behold, I did serve* you for so-many years, and I never passed over a commandment of yours, and yet you never gave me a young-goat, in order that I might be joyous with my friends.15:30But when this one, your son came, who devoured your livelihood with prostitutes, you sacrificed the fattened calf for him.

     15:31Now he said to him, Child, you are always with me, and all the things which are mine are yours. 15:32But it was essential to be joyous and rejoice, because this one, your brother was dead, and then lived again, and lost and then was found.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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