Luke 15:13
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New International Version
"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

New Living Translation
"A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living.

English Standard Version
Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.

Berean Study Bible
After a few days, the younger son got everything together and journeyed to a distant country, where he squandered his wealth in wild living.

Berean Literal Bible
And not many days later, the younger son having gathered together all, went away into a distant country, and there he wasted his estate, living prodigally.

New American Standard Bible
"And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.

King James Bible
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Not many days later, the younger son gathered together all he had and traveled to a distant country, where he squandered his estate in foolish living.

International Standard Version
A few days later, the younger son gathered everything he owned and traveled to a distant country. There he wasted it all on wild living.

NET Bible
After a few days, the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered his wealth with a wild lifestyle.

New Heart English Bible
Not many days after, the younger son gathered all of this together and traveled into a far country. There he wasted his property with riotous living.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And after a few days his younger son gathered everything that was coming to him and he went to a distant country, and there he squandered his wealth while living wastefully.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"After a few days, the younger son gathered his possessions and left for a country far away from home. There he wasted everything he had on a wild lifestyle.

New American Standard 1977
“And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together and took his journey into a far country and there wasted his estate with riotous living.

King James 2000 Bible
And not many days later the younger son gathered everything together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

American King James Version
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

American Standard Version
And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together and took his journey into a far country; and there he wasted his substance with riotous living.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And not many days after, the younger son, gathering all together, went abroad into a far country: and there wasted his substance, living riotously.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

English Revised Version
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country; and there he wasted his substance with riotous living.

Webster's Bible Translation
And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

Weymouth New Testament
No long time afterwards the younger son got all together and travelled to a distant country, where he wasted his money in debauchery and excess.

World English Bible
Not many days after, the younger son gathered all of this together and traveled into a far country. There he wasted his property with riotous living.

Young's Literal Translation
'And not many days after, having gathered all together, the younger son went abroad to a far country, and there he scattered his substance, living riotously;
Study Bible
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
12The younger son said to him, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13After a few days, the younger son got everything together and journeyed to a distant country, where he squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent all he had, a severe famine swept through that country, and he began to be in need.…
Cross References
Luke 15:12
The younger son said to him, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.

Luke 15:14
After he had spent all he had, a severe famine swept through that country, and he began to be in need.

Luke 16:1
Jesus also said to His disciples, "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.
Treasury of Scripture

And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

and took.

2 Chronicles 33:1-10 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned …

Job 21:13-15 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave…

Job 22:17,18 Which said to God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them…

Psalm 10:4-6 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after …

Psalm 73:27 For, see, they that are far from you shall perish: you have destroyed …

Proverbs 27:8 As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man that wanders from his place.

Isaiah 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, …

Isaiah 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy …

Jeremiah 2:5,13,17-19,31 Thus said the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, …

Micah 6:3 O my people, what have I done to you? and wherein have I wearied …

Ephesians 2:13,17 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near …

wasted.

Luke 15:30 But as soon as this your son was come, which has devoured your living …

Luke 16:1,19 And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, …

Proverbs 5:8-14 Remove your way far from her, and come not near the door of her house…

Proverbs 6:26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: …

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Proverbs 21:17,20 He that loves pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loves wine and …

Proverbs 23:19-22 Hear you, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way…

Proverbs 28:7 Whoever keeps the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of …

Proverbs 29:3 Whoever loves wisdom rejoices his father: but he that keeps company …

Ecclesiastes 11:9,10 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you …

Isaiah 22:13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating …

Isaiah 56:12 Come you, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves …

Amos 6:3-7 You that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence …

Romans 13:13,14 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, …

1 Peter 4:3,4 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …

2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count …

(13) Took his journey into a far country.--Such instances of emigration were, we may believe, familiar things in most towns of Galilee and Juda. The young man left his home, and started, bent on pleasure or on gain, for Alexandria, or Rome, or Corinth, and rumour came home of riotous living, and a fortune wasted upon harlots, sabbaths broken, synagogues unvisited, perhaps even of participation in idol feasts. In the interpretation that lies below the surface, the "far country" is the state of the human spirit, of the Gentile world, in their wanderings far off from God. The "riotous living" is the reckless waste of noble gifts and highest energies on unbridled sensuality of life, or sensuous, i.e., idolatrous, forms of worship. The fearful history traced in Romans 1:19-32, is but too faithful a picture of the wanderings of the younger son.

Riotous.--The exact meaning of the word is prodigal, thriftless.

And not many days after the younger son gathered all together,.... That his father had divided to him, all his goods and substance: as soon as a man has any internal substance, any considerable degree of natural knowledge, he immediately sets out from God, and employs it against him, in reasoning against him, against his being, his works, his providence, his purposes, his revelation, and will; as soon as a man has the exercise of his reason, as soon as he can think and speak, nay, as soon as he is born, he goes astray from God, speaking lies; and as soon as a wicked man has of this world, what his carnal heart desires, he is for living independent of God, and his providence; he is for gathering together all for himself, in order to spend it on his lusts, and at a distance from his father, the father of his mercies, of whom he is not mindful; and to whom he says, depart from me, having no regard to his worship and service, to his honour and glory, to his cause and interest:

and took his journey into a far country; which sets forth the state of alienation a sinner is in, while unconverted; he is afar off from God, from God the Father; from the presence of God, and communion with him: from the knowledge of God, and desire after it; from love to him, or fear of him; and from the life of God, or a living soberly, righteously, and godly; and from Christ, from the knowledge of him, from faith in him, love to him, fellowship with him, and subjection to his ordinances; and from the Spirit of God, and every thing that is spiritual; and from all that is good, from the law of God, and from the righteousness of it, and from righteous men:

and there wasted his substance in riotous living; his internal substance, his knowledge and understanding, even in natural things, and became brutish, and even like the beasts that perish; and his worldly substance in rioting and drunkenness, in chambering and wantonness, with harlots, as in Luke 15:30 whereby he was brought to a piece of bread, and to the want of it, 13. not many days—intoxicated with his new—found resources, and eager for the luxury of using them at Will.

a far country—beyond all danger of interference from home.

wasted, etc.—So long as it lasted, the inward monitor (Isa 55:2) would be silenced (Isa 9:10; 57:10; Am 4:6-10).

riotous living—(Lu 15:30), "with harlots." Ah! but this reaches farther than the sensualist; for "in the deep symbolical language of Scripture fornication is the standing image of idolatry; they are in fact ever spoken of as one and the same sin, considered now in its fleshly, now in its spiritual aspect" (Jer 3:1-15; Eze 16:1-17:24) [Trench].15:11-16 The parable of the prodigal son shows the nature of repentance, and the Lord's readiness to welcome and bless all who return to him. It fully sets forth the riches of gospel grace; and it has been, and will be, while the world stands, of unspeakable use to poor sinners, to direct and to encourage them in repenting and returning to God. It is bad, and the beginning of worse, when men look upon God's gifts as debts due to them. The great folly of sinners, and that which ruins them, is, being content in their life-time to receive their good things. Our first parents ruined themselves and all their race, by a foolish ambition to be independent, and this is at the bottom of sinners' persisting in their sin. We may all discern some features of our own characters in that of the prodigal son. A sinful state is of departure and distance from God. A sinful state is a spending state: wilful sinners misemploy their thoughts and the powers of their souls, mispend their time and all their opportunities. A sinful state is a wanting state. Sinners want necessaries for their souls; they have neither food nor raiment for them, nor any provision for hereafter. A sinful state is a vile, slavish state. The business of the devil's servants is to make provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof, and that is no better than feeding swine. A sinful state is a state constant discontent. The wealth of the world and the pleasures of the senses will not even satisfy our bodies; but what are they to precious souls! A sinful state is a state which cannot look for relief from any creature. In vain do we cry to the world and to the flesh; they have that which will poison a soul, but have nothing to give which will feed and nourish it. A sinful state is a state of death. A sinner is dead in trespasses and sins, destitute of spiritual life. A sinful state is a lost state. Souls that are separated from God, if his mercy prevent not, will soon be lost for ever. The prodigal's wretched state, only faintly shadows forth the awful ruin of man by sin. Yet how few are sensible of their own state and character!
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