Luke 15:18
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New International Version
I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

New Living Translation
I will go home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you,

English Standard Version
I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.

Berean Study Bible
I will get up and go back to my father and say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

Berean Literal Bible
Having risen up, I will go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;

New American Standard Bible
'I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight;

King James Bible
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I'll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight.

International Standard Version
I will get up, go to my father, and say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and you.

NET Bible
I will get up and go to my father and say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

New Heart English Bible
I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
'I shall arise and go to my father and say to him, “My father, I have sinned toward Heaven, and before you.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'll go at once to my father, and I'll say to him, "Father, I've sinned against heaven and you.

New American Standard 1977
‘I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will arise and go to my father and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee

King James 2000 Bible
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before you,

American King James Version
I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before you,

American Standard Version
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight:

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will arise, and will go to my father, and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee:

Darby Bible Translation
I will rise up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee;

English Revised Version
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight:

Webster's Bible Translation
I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Weymouth New Testament
I will rise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you:

World English Bible
I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight.

Young's Literal Translation
having risen, I will go on unto my father, and will say to him, Father, I did sin -- to the heaven, and before thee,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
17Finally he came to his senses and said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have plenty of food? But here I am, starving to death! 18I will get up and go back to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’…
Cross References
Hosea 2:7
"She will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them; And she will seek them, but will not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my first husband, For it was better for me then than now!'

Luke 15:17
Finally he came to his senses and said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have plenty of food? But here I am, starving to death!

Luke 15:19
I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants."'
Treasury of Scripture

I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before you,

will arise.

1 Kings 20:30,31 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell …

2 Kings 7:3,4 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and …

2 Chronicles 33:12,13,19 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled …

Psalm 32:5 I acknowledge my sin to you, and my iniquity have I not hid. I said, …

Psalm 116:3-7 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold …

Jeremiah 31:6-9 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen on the mount Ephraim …

Jeremiah 50:4,5 In those days, and in that time, said the LORD, the children of Israel …

Lamentations 3:18-22,29,40 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD…

Hosea 2:6,7 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make …

Hosea 14:1-3 O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity…

Jonah 2:4 Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward …

Jonah 3:9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his …

Father.

Luke 11:2 And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in …

Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless you are our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and …

Jeremiah 3:19 But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you …

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

Matthew 6:9,14 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, …

Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children…

I have.

Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as …

Leviticus 26:40,41 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, …

1 Kings 8:47,48 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land where they were …

Job 33:27,28 He looks on men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that …

Job 36:8-10 And if they be bound in fetters, and be held in cords of affliction…

Psalm 25:11 For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.

Psalm 32:3-5 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long…

Psalm 51:3-5 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me…

Proverbs 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if you beat him with …

Matthew 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth …

against.

Luke 15:21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and …

Daniel 4:26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; …

(18) I will arise and go to my father.--This, then, was the firstfruits of repentance. He remembers that he has a father, and trusts in that father's love; but he dares not claim the old position which he had so recklessly cast away. He is content to be as one of the "hired servants." Spiritually, the first impulse of the contrite heart is to take the lowest place, to wish for the drudgery of daily duties, or even menial service, if only it may be near its Father in heaven, and by slow degrees regain His favour and earn the wages of His praise.

I have sinned . . .--More strictly, I sinned, as going back in thought to the first act of sin as virtually including all that grew out of it.

Verses 18, 19. - I will arise and go to my father... make me as one of thy hired servants. The repentance of the prodigal was real. It was no mere sentimental regret, no momentary flash of sorrow for a bad past. There was before him a long and weary journey to be undertaken, and he - brought up in luxury - had to face it without means. There was the shame of confession before dependents and relatives and friends, and, as the crown of all, there was the position of a servant to be filled in the home where once he had been a son, for that was all he hoped to gain even from his father's pitying love. I will arise,.... This is the resolution which at last, through divine grace, he came into: he determines to quit the country, and his companions; he had left his harlots, and his old course of living before, but was in the same country still; for this a man may do, and yet remain unregenerate: but he is now for leaving the country itself, and his new acquaintance; he is now determined to drop his legal preacher, to be gone out of his fields, and from under his ministry, and to leave his swine and husks;

and go to my father: not to his old companions in debauchery and sin; nor to his elder brother, the Pharisees; he had made trial of both these to his cost already; nor to his father's servants, but to his father himself; to which he was moved and encouraged, from his being ready to perish, from the fulness of bread in his father's house and from the relation he stood in to him; notwithstanding, all that had passed, he was his father, and a kind and merciful one: this shows, that he knew him as his father, having now the Spirit of adoption sent down into him; and the way unto him, which lies through Christ the mediator:

and will say unto him, father; or, "my father", as the Syriac and Persic versions read:

I have sinned against heaven; by preferring earthly things to heavenly ones; and have sinned openly in the face of the heavens, who were witnesses against him; and against God, who dwells in heaven. It was usual with the Jews to call God, "heaven"; See Gill on Matthew 21:25. They have this very phrase;

"there is a man, (say (b) they), who sins against earth, and he does not , "sin against heaven"; against heaven, and he does not sin against earth: but he that speaks with an ill tongue sins against heaven and earth, as it is said, Psalm 73:9 "they set their mouth against the heavens and their tongue walketh through the earth."''

And so the sense is, that he had sinned against God himself, and not merely against men, and human laws. All sin is a transgression of the law of God; and the thought of sin being committed against a God of infinite holiness, justice, goodness, grace, and mercy, is cutting to a sensible sinner: and this being the case, this man determined to go to God his Father, and him only, for the pardon of his sin, against whom it was committed. It is added,

and before thee; for he was now convinced of his omniscience. Sin may be committed against a man, and not before him, or he not know it; but whatever is committed against God, is before him, it is in his sight, he knows it: he is God omniscient, though sinners take no notice of this perfection of his, but go on in sin, as if it was not seen, known, and observed by God. But when God works powerfully and effectually upon the heart of a sinner, he convinces him of his omniscience, as this man was convinced: hence he determined to go to God, and acknowledge his sin before him; and that it was committed before him, and was in his sight; and that he could not be justified in his sight by any righteousness of his own; and therefore humbly desires pardon at his hands. This man's sense of sin and sorrow for it, and confession of it, appear very right and genuine, which he determined to express; they appear to be the convictions of the Spirit of God: it was not a sense of sin, and sorrow for it, as done before men, but God; and the concern was not so much for the mischief that comes by sin, as for the evil that was in it; and this did not drive him to despair, as in the cases of Cain and Judas, but brought him home to his father; and his confession appears to be hearty, sincere, and without excuse.

(b) Midrash Kohclet, in c. 9. 12. fol. 79. 4. 18. I will arise and go to my FATHER—The change has come at last, and what a change!—couched in terms of such exquisite simplicity and power as if expressly framed for all heart-broken penitents.

Father, etc.—Mark the term. Though "no more worthy to be called his son," the prodigal sinner is taught to claim the defiled, but still existing relationship, asking not to be made a servant, but remaining a son to be made "as a servant," willing to take the lowest place and do the meanest work. Ah! and is it come to this? Once it was, "Any place rather than home." Now, "Oh, that home! Could I but dare to hope that the door of it would not be closed against me, how gladly would I take any place and do any worK, happy only to be there at all." Well, that is conversion—nothing absolutely new, yet all new; old familiar things seen in a new light and for the first time as realities of overwhelming magnitude and power. How this is brought about the parable says not. (We have that abundantly elsewhere, Php 2:13, etc.). Its one object is to paint the welcome home of the greatest sinners, when (no matter for the present how) they "arise and go to their Father."15:17-24 Having viewed the prodigal in his abject state of misery, we are next to consider his recovery from it. This begins by his coming to himself. That is a turning point in the sinner's conversion. The Lord opens his eyes, and convinces him of sin; then he views himself and every object, in a different light from what he did before. Thus the convinced sinner perceives that the meanest servant of God is happier than he is. To look unto God as a Father, and our Father, will be of great use in our repentance and return to him. The prodigal arose, nor stopped till he reached his home. Thus the repenting sinner resolutely quits the bondage of Satan and his lusts, and returns to God by prayer, notwithstanding fears and discouragements. The Lord meets him with unexpected tokens of his forgiving love. Again; the reception of the humbled sinner is like that of the prodigal. He is clothed in the robe of the Redeemer's righteousness, made partaker of the Spirit of adoption, prepared by peace of conscience and gospel grace to walk in the ways of holiness, and feasted with Divine consolations. Principles of grace and holiness are wrought in him, to do, as well as to will.
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