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 right that we should make merry, and be glad: for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and 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 for that sheep, than for the ninety and nine which went not astray.
And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years have I served you, neither transgressed I at any time your commandment: and yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
And he said unto them, You are they who justify yourselves 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 certain who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet are not washed from their filthiness.
For I was alive apart from the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.