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!'

(Lk. 15:20) And he rose up and went to his own father. But while he was yet a long way off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell upon his neck, and covered him with kisses.

(Lk. 15:21) And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee; I am no longer worthy to be called thy son.

(Lk. 15:22) But the father said to his bondmen, Bring out the best robe and clothe him in [it], and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;

(Lk. 15:23) and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry:

(Lk. 15:24) for this my son was dead and has come to life, was lost and has been found. And they began to make merry.

8. And thus the son travelled back to his father. But when he still was far away. The father already saw the son, and he felt sorry for him. He thus ran towards him with open arms and put his arms around his neck and kissed him. But the son said to the father: 'Father I have sinned in heaven before you; I'm not worthy to be called your son anymore!' But the father said to his servants: 'Bring immediately the best clothe and dress him and put a ring on his finger and put him shoes on! And bring a fattened calf and slaughter it and let us eat and be happy! For this my son was dead and has become alive again, he was lost and found back again! Thus let us sing and be happy!'

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