|52 Week Bible Reading Plan|
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52 Week Bible Reading Plan
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- Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.
- And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."
- So he told them this parable:
- "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?
- And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
- And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.'
- Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
- "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently 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 coin which I had lost.'
- Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
- And he said, "There was a man who had two sons;
- and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them.
- Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.
- And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want.
- So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine.
- And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything.
- But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger!
- I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;
- I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants."'
- And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
- And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
- But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet;
- and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry;
- for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry.
- "Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
- And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant.
- And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.'
- But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,
- but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.
- But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!'
- And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
- It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"
- He also said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods.
- And he called him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.'
- And the steward said to himself, 'What shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
- I have decided what to do, so that people may receive me into their houses when I am put out of the stewardship.'
- So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
- He said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'
- Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' He said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.'
- The master commended the dishonest steward for his shrewdness; for the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.
- And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations.
- "He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.
- If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches?
- And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?
- No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
- The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they scoffed at him.
- But he said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
- "The law and the prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and every one enters it violently.
- But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one dot of the law to become void.
- "Every one who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
- "There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
- And at his gate lay a poor man named Laz'arus, full of sores,
- who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
- The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried;
- and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Laz'arus in his bosom.
- And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Laz'arus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.'
- But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Laz'arus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
- And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'
- And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house,
- for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.'
- But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'
- And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
- He said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'"
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