The prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) | back

 11And he said, A certain man had two sons. Christ explains to them that a certain man had two sons.

 12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. The younger man told his father that he would like his share of his fathers estate now before he dies and the father agreed to divide his wealth between his two sons.

 13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. Just a few days later the younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and that is where he wasted all his money on parties and prostitutes.

 14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. About the same time that he wasted all his money, there was a great famine in the land and he began to starve.

 15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. He talked a local farmer into hiring him to feed his pigs.

 16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. The young boy became so hungry that even the food for the pigs looked good to him and no one gave him anything.

 17And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! When the boy finally came to his senses, he said to himself; at home even the hired help have food to spare and I am dying of hunger.

 18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee. The boy said to himself I will go back to my father and tell him that I had sinned against him and against heaven.

 19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. I will tell him that I am not worthy to be his son and ask if he will take me on as a hired hand.

 20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. So the boy returned home to his father. While he was still a long distance away, the boys father saw him coming and was filled with loving pity and ran to embrace and kiss him.

 21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. The boy said to his father, I have sinned against you and heaven and I am not worthy to be your son.

 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. The boys father said to his servants... Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. And bring a ring for his finger and shoes for his feet.

 23And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry. The boys father told the servants to bring one of the fat calf and kill it so that we may celebrate with a feast.

 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. The boys father said, my son was dead and returned to life. He was lost and now is found, so let the party begin. Kind of sounds like the song "Amazing Grace."

 25Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. Now, the older son was in the field working while this party was going on. When he returned from the field he heard the dance music playing from the house.

 26And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. He asked one of the servants what was going on.

 27And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. Your younger brother returned home and your father has prepared a feast to celebrate his safe return home.

 28And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. The older brother was very angry and would not go into the house. His father came out and begged him to come in to the celebration.

 29And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. The older brother said to his father... All these years I have served you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to do. And in all that time, you never once gave me a young goat for a feast with my friends.

 30But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. Yet when this son of your comes back after wasting all his money on party's and harlots, you celebrate his return by killing one of the finest calf we have.

 31And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. The father said to his older son; you and I are very close, and everything I have is yours.

 32It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. The father said to the older son; It is only right to celebrate. For this is your brother, and he was dead and has come back to life! He was lost and now he is found! Just as our Heavenly Father would feel about his own children when they become spiritually dead and lost. How blessed we are to have a Heavenly Father who rejoices along with the angels in heaven when one of us who were lost comes back to life spiritually. And when we stray away, He rejoices when we are found! Remember, "Amazing Grace."