And Jesus said, “A certain man had two sons:
And 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
And 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.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land;
and he began to be in want.
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he
sent him into his fields to feed swine.
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine
did eat: and no man gave unto him.
And 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
‘I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, ‘Father, I
have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
‘And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of
thy hired servants.’
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had contempt, and ran, and pushed him away, and kicked him.
And 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.’
But the father said to his son, ‘Thou art dead to me, and shalt not live again; thou art lost, and have no chance now to be found. Thy mistakes have no end.
‘Go back to the fields, live with the swine, and fillest thy belly with the husks and be merry that thou shalt be given that mercy. Thou shalt not be freed of this debt to me or thy brother or our people.’
And the father said to his servants, ‘Bring forth the chains, and put them on him; and put manacles on his hands, and shackles on his feet,
‘For this my son is dead, and will not be alive again; he is lost, and will not be found.'”