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|Luke 15:11-32: A Father and Two Lost Sons|
|From this page you can take a slow, careful, detailed, almost word-by-word, walk through the parable. I hope to show you how much you can dig into scripture.|
Verses 11-19: The youngest son’s adventures and how they began.
Verses 20-24: The son’s return leads to an unexpected reaction from the father.
Verse 20: So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.
Verse 21: Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
Verse 22: But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe -- the best one -- and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
Verse 23: And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;
Verse 24: for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
Verses 25-29: The reaction of the older son.
Verse 25: "Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.
Verse 26: He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on.
Verse 27: He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’
Verse 28: Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him.
Verse 29: But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends.
Verse 30: But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!
Verse 31: Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
Verse 32: But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’ "