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Jesus' Parable 31
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04/14/2019 5:11 PM
    Parable #31 ~ Luke 15:11-32 ~ The Prodigal Son ~

    Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one
    said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his
    property between them.

    “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. After he had
    spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to
    be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who
    sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods
    that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

    “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! I will set out and go back to
    my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
    I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men
    [skilled craftsmen].’

    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 him.
    “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I
    am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

    “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. Bring the fattened calf and
    kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive
    again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

    “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he
    heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what
    was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the
    fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

    “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out
    and pleaded with him. 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. But when this son of yours
    who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the
    fattened calf for him!’

    “ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is
    yours. 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.’ ”

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