|743||SEEKING THE LOST||Luke 15, NASB|
"What man among you,|
if he has a hundred sheep
and has lost one of them,
does not leave the ninety-nine
in the open pasture,
and go after the one which is lost,
until he finds it?"
"And when he comes home,
he calls together his friends
and his neighbors, saying to them,
'Rejoice with me,
for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
"I tell you that in the same way,
there will be more joy in heaven
over one sinner who repents,
than over ninety-nine righteous persons
who need no repentance.
"Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins
and loses one coin, does not light a lamp
and sweep the house
and search carefully until she finds it?
"And when she has found it,
she calls together her friends and neighbors,
saying, 'Rejoice with me,
for 1 have found the coin which I had lost!'
"In the same way, I tell you,
there is joy in the presence
of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents."