Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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.
But we had to celebrate and be glad, because your brother was dead, and has come to life, and was lost and is found!' "
I have not come to invite the pious but the irreligious to repentance!"
And if he happens to find it, I tell you he rejoices more over it than he does over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
And he said to his father, 'Here I have served you all these years, and have never disobeyed an order of yours, and you have never given me a kid, so that I could entertain my friends.
And he said to them, "You are the men who parade your uprightness before people, but God knows your hearts. For what men consider great is detestable in the sight of God.
To some who were confident of their own uprightness, and thought nothing of others, he used this illustration:
I was once alive and without law, but when the command came, sin awoke and then I died;
as to my zeal, I was a persecutor of the church; and by the Law's standard of uprightness, no fault could be found with me.