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The Parable of the Prodigal Son
"But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had
compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him."
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|Jesus told another parable, that one called "The Parable of the Prodigal
Son." A prodigal is one who spends everything that he has, as did the young man
in this parable. Jesus said, "There was once a man who had two sons. The younger
of his sons said to his father, 'Father, give to me the share that will come to me, of what
"Then the father divided all that he had between his two sons;
and not many days after the younger son took his share, and went
away into a far country; and there he wasted it all in wild and wicked living.
And when he had spent all there arose a mighty famine of food in that country;
and he began to be in want.
"And he went to work for one of the men in that land; and this man sent him
into the fields to feed his hogs. And the young man was so hungry that he would
have filled himself with the husks that were fed to the hogs; and no one gave
anything to him.
The Return of the Prodigal Son
Rembrandt van Rijn (click on image for high resolution)
At last the young man began to think of his father's house; and he said to
'How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, while I am dying here with hunger!
I will arise, and will go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight.
I am no more worthy to be called your son; let me be one of your hired servants."'
"And he rose up, to go back to his father's house. But while he was yet afar
off, his father saw him, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the
son said unto him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I am no more worthy to
be called your sonó'
But before he could say any more, his father called to the servants, and
said, "Bring out quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his
hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us
eat and make merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and
Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew nigh to
the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called to him one of the servants,
and asked what these things might be. And the servant said to him, "Your brother has come; and your father has killed the fatted calf, and is
having a feast, because he is at home safe and sound." But the elder brother was
angry, and would not go in; and his father came out and urged him. But he
answered his father, and said,
"I have served you for these many years; and I have never disobeyed your
commands; and yet you never gave me even a kid, that I might make merry with my
friends. But when this your son has come, who has wasted your living with wicked
people, you killed for him the fatted calf!'
And the father said to him,
"My son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. But it was
fitting that we should make merry and be glad; for this your brother was dead,
and is alive again; he was lost and is found."
By these parables Jesus showed that he came not to seek those who thought
themselves so good that they did not need him; but those who were the sinful and
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