|Now tax collectors and sinners were drawing near to him, so that they might listen to him.
|And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This one accepts sinners and eats with them.”
|And he told this parable to them, saying:
|“What man among you, who has one hundred sheep, and if he will have lost one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the one whom he had lost, until he finds it?
|And when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
|And returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them: ‘Congratulate me! For I have found my sheep, which had been lost.’
|I say to you, that there will be so much more joy in heaven over one sinner repenting, than over the ninety-nine just, who do not need to repent.
|Or what woman, having ten drachmas, if she will have lost one drachma, would not light a candle, and sweep the house, and diligently search until she finds it?
|And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying: ‘Rejoice with me! For I have found the drachma, which I had lost.’
|So I say to you, there will be joy before the Angels of God over even one sinner who is repentant.”