15 Basi watoza kodi na wenye dhambi wakaja kwa Yesu ili wapate kumsikiliza. Mafarisayo na walimu wa sheria wakaanza kunung’unika, “Huyu mtu anawakaribisha wenye dhambi na kula nao!” Ndipo Yesu akawaambia mfano huu: “Tuseme mmoja wenu ana kondoo mia moja halafu mmoja wao apotee. Si ana waacha wale tisini na tisa malishoni aende kumtafuta huyo aliyepotea mpaka ampate? Akisha kumpata atambeba mabegani mwake na kwenda nyum bani. Kisha atawaita marafiki na majirani na kuwaambia, ‘Fura hini pamoja nami; nimempata kondoo wangu aliyepotea.’ Nawaam bieni, vivyo hivyo kutakuwa na furaha zaidi mbinguni kwa sababu ya mwenye dhambi mmoja atubuye na kuacha dhambi zake, kuliko ilivyo kwa wenye haki tisini na tisa ambao hawana haja ya kutubu.”

Shilingi Iliyopotea

“Au tuseme mwanamke ana shilingi kumi halafu apoteze moja. Si atawasha taa afagie nyumba na kutafuta kwa uangalifu mpaka aipate? Na akisha kuipata atawaita marafiki zake na majirani na kuwaambia, ‘Furahini pamoja nami; nimeipata ile shilingi yangu iliyopotea!’ 10 Vivyo hivyo nawaambia, kuna furaha mbele ya mal aika wa Mungu kwa sababu ya mwenye dhambi mmoja atubuye na kuacha dhambi.”

Mwana Mpotevu

11 Yesu akaendelea kusema, “Kulikuwa na mtu aliyekuwa na watoto wawili wa kiume. 12 Yule mdogo akamwambia baba yake, ‘Baba, nipe urithi wangu.’ Basi huyo baba akagawanya mali yake kati yao.

13 “Baada ya muda mfupi yule mdogo akakusanya vitu vyote alivyokuwa navyo akaenda nchi ya mbali akaitapanya mali yake kwa maisha ya anasa. 14 Baada ya kutumia kila kitu alichokuwa nacho, kukawa na njaa kali katika nchi ile yote naye akawa hana cho chote. 15 Kwa hiyo akaomba kibarua kwa raia mmoja wa nchi hiyo aliyemtuma shambani kwake kulisha nguruwe. 16 Akatamani kujish ibisha kwa maganda waliyokuwa wanakula nguruwe, wala hakuna mtu aliyempa cho chote cha kula.

17 “Hatimaye akili zikamrudia, akasema, ‘Ni watumishi wan gapi walioajiriwa na baba yangu ambao wana chakula cha kuwatosha na kusaza nami hapa nakufa kwa njaa! 18 Nitaondoka nirudi kwa baba yangu nikamwambie, ‘Baba, nimetenda dhambi mbele ya Mungu na mbele yako. 19 Sistahili kuitwa mwanao tena; nifanye kama mmoja wa watumishi wako.’ 20 Basi akaondoka, akaenda kwa baba yake. Lakini alipokuwa bado yuko mbali, baba yake akamwona, moyo wake ukajawa na huruma. Akamkimbilia mwanae, akamkumbatia na kumbusu. 21 Yule mtoto akasema, ‘Baba, nimekosa mbele ya Mungu na mbele yako. Sistahili kuitwa mwanao tena.’ 22 Lakini baba yake aka waambia watumishi, ‘Leteni upesi kanzu iliyo bora mumvalishe. Pia mvalisheni pete na viatu. 23 Kisha mleteni yule ndama aliyenona mkamchinje; ili tule tusherehekee. 24 Kwa maana huyu mwanangu alikuwa amekufa, na sasa yu hai tena; alikuwa amepotea na sasa amepatikana.’ Basi wakaanza sherehe.

25 “Wakati huo kaka yake alikuwa shambani. Alipokuwa ana karibia nyumbani akasikia sauti ya nyimbo na ngoma. 26 Akamwita mmoja wa watumishi akamwuliza, ‘Kuna nini?’ 27 Akamwambia, ‘Mdogo wako amekuja, na baba yako amemchinja yule ndama aliyenona kwa sababu amempata mwanawe akiwa mzima.’ 28 Yule kaka akakasi rika, akakataa kuingia ndani. Basi baba yake akaenda nje akaanza kumbembeleza. 29 Lakini yeye akamjibu baba yake, ‘Angalia, miaka yote hii nimekutumikia na hata siku moja sijaacha kutii amri zako, lakini hujanipa hata mwana mbuzi ili nisherehekee na mara fiki zangu. 30 1Lakini huyu mwanao ambaye ametapanya mali yako kwa makahaba amerudi nyumbani nawe umemchinjia ndama aliyenona!’

31 “Baba yake akamwambia, ‘Mwanangu, umekuwa nami siku zote na vyote nilivyo navyo ni vyako. 32 Lakini ilitubidi tufurahi na kusherehekea kwa sababu mdogo wako alikuwa amekufa na sasa yu hai tena, alikuwa amepotea naye amepatikana.”’ Mfano Wa Meneja Mjanja

The Parable of the Lost Sheep(A)

15 Now the tax collectors(B) and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”(C)

Then Jesus told them this parable:(D) “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?(E) And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’(F) I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.(G)

The Parable of the Lost Coin

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’(H) 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”(I)

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.(J) 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’(K) So he divided his property(L) between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth(M) in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.(N) 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned(O) against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.(P)

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.(Q) I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe(R) and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger(S) and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again;(T) he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.(U)

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry(V) and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property(W) with prostitutes(X) comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”(Y)

Footnotes

  1. Luke 15:8 Greek ten drachmas, each worth about a day’s wages

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