|Chapter 242||The Great Gospel of John, Book 6|
(Lk. 15:13) And after not many days the younger son gathering all together went away into a country a long way off, and there dissipated his property, living in debauchery.
(Lk. 15:14) But when he had spent all there arose a violent famine throughout that country, and he began to be in want.
(Lk. 15:15) And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
(Lk. 15:16) And he longed to fill his belly with the husks which the swine were eating; and no one gave to him.
6. And soon afterwards the younger gathered all his belongings and moved far away from country to country. And when he found a place which his senses liked, he squandered his money. And when soon he used up all his possessions, the country was struck by high inflation and he started to suffer. Thereupon he went to a citizen of the same country who send him into the field to look after his swine. When looking after the swine for a few days, he became very hungry and he desired to fill his stomach with the draff which the swine used to eat, but nobody gave it to him.
(Lk. 15:17) And coming to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have abundance of bread, and *I* perish here by famine.
(Lk. 15:18) I will rise up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee;
(Lk. 15:19) I am no longer worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
7. Since he suffered a lot and in the highest need had only roots and gras to eat, he finally turned into himself and said in his thoughts: 'How many day workers does my father has at home, who have bread in abundance and I perish here because of hunger! I want to get ready and move back to my father and say to him: 'Father I have sinned before you in heaven!' I'm not worth it to be your son anymore; just make me one of your lowest day workers!'
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