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.
It was necessary that we should make merry and be glad, for this thy brother was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
And if so be that he finds it, verily I say unto you, he rejoices more of that one than of the ninety-nine who did not go astray.
And he, answering, said to his father, Behold, these many years I have served thee, neither at any time have I transgressed thy commandment; and yet thou never gavest me a kid that I might make merry with my friends.
And he said unto them, Ye are they who justify themselves before men, but God knows your hearts, for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
And he spoke this parable unto some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others:
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
So that without the law I lived for some time; but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
concerning zeal, a persecutor of the congregation ; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.