King James Version
thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses;
for they have been ever of old.
How kind, and merciful is the Lord?
Let Jesus tell you of the parable of the Prodigal Son:
Luke 15:11-24 (KJV)
11 And he said,
A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father,
give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.
And he divided unto them his living.
13 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.
14 And when he had spent all,
there arose a mighty famine in that land;
and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country;
and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly
with the husks that the swine did eat:
and no man gave unto him.
17 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 hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father,
and will say unto him,
Father, I have sinned against heaven,
and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son:
make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose,
and came to his father.
But when he was yet a great way off,
his father saw him,
and had compassion,
and fell on his neck,
and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him,
I have sinned against heaven,
and in thy sight,
and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But 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:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf,
and kill it;
and let us eat,
and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead,
and is alive again;
he was lost,
and is found.
And they began to be merry.
The Lord Jesus says heaven rejoices over the lost sheep, and so it is.
Luke 15:7 (KJV)
7 I say unto you,
that likewise joy shall be in heaven
over one sinner that repenteth,
more than over ninety and nine just persons,
which need no repentance.
Luke 15:10 (KJV)
10 Likewise, I say unto you,
there is joy in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner that repenteth.
But what of the other son?
His story is told here.
Updated 22 January 2022