The parable of the lost sheep:
Luke 15:1 Then resorted vnto him all the Publicanes and sinners, to heare him. Luke 15:2 Therefore the Pharises and Scribes murmured, saying, Hee receiueth sinners, and eateth with them.
Luke 15:3 Then spake hee this parable to them, saying, Luke 15:4 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? Luke 15:5 And when he hath found it, he laieth it on his shoulders with ioye. Luke 15:6 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. Luke 15:7 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 amendement of life.
of the piece of silver:
Luke 15:8 Either what woma hauing ten groates, if she lose one groate, doth not light a candle, & sweepe the house, and seeke diligently till shee finde it? Luke 15:9 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. Luke 15:10 Likewise I say vnto you, there is ioy in the presence of the Angels of God, for one sinner that conuerteth.
of the prodigal son.
Luke 15:11 He sayde moreouer, A certaine man had two sonnes. Luke 15:12 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. Luke 15:13 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. Luke 15:14 Nowe when hee had spent all, there arose a great dearth throughout that land, and he began to be in necessitie. Luke 15:15 Then hee went and claue to a citizen of that conntrey, and hee sent him to his farme, to feede swine. Luke 15:16 And hee would faine haue filled his bellie with the huskes, that the swine ate: but no man gaue them him. Luke 15:17 Then he came to him selfe, & said, Howe many hired seruaunts at my fathers haue bread ynough, and I die for hunger? Luke 15:18 I wil rise and goe to my father, and say vnto him, Father, I haue sinned against heaue, and before thee, Luke 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy sonne: make me as one of thy hired seruants. Luke 15:20 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. Luke 15:21 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. Luke 15:22 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, Luke 15:23 And bring the fat calfe, and kill him, & let vs eate, and be merie: Luke 15:24 For this my sonne was dead, and is aliue againe: and he was lost, but he is found; they began to be merie. Luke 15:25 Nowe the elder brother was in the fielde, and when he came and drewe neere to the house, he heard melodie, and dauncing, Luke 15:26 And called one of his seruaunts, and asked what those things meant. Luke 15:27 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. Luke 15:28 Then he was angry, and would not goe in: therefore came his father out and entreated him. Luke 15:29 But he answered & 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. Luke 15:30 But when this thy sonne was come, which hath deuoured thy good with harlots, thou hast for his sake killed the fat calfe. Luke 15:31 And he said vnto him, Sonne, thou art euer with me, and al that I haue, is thine. Luke 15:32 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.