Luke 15:24
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New International Version
For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

New Living Translation
for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.' So the party began.

English Standard Version
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

New American Standard Bible
for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.

King James Bible
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!' So they began to celebrate.

International Standard Version
Because my son was dead and has come back to life. He was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.

NET Bible
because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again--he was lost and is found!' So they began to celebrate.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
'Because this, my son, was dead, and he is alive; he was lost, and now he is found.' And they began to celebrate.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son was dead and has come back to life. He was lost but has been found.' Then they began to celebrate.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. And they began to be merry.

King James 2000 Bible
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

American King James Version
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

American Standard Version
for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because this my son was dead, and is come to life again: was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Darby Bible Translation
for this my son was dead and has come to life, was lost and has been found. And they began to make merry.

English Revised Version
for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Webster's Bible Translation
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Weymouth New Testament
for my son here was dead and has come to life again: he was lost and has been found.' "And they began to be merry.

World English Bible
for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.' They began to celebrate.

Young's Literal Translation
because this my son was dead, and did live again, and he was lost, and was found; and they began to be merry.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For this my son was dead,.... These words contain the reasons of the above entertainment, and of all that spiritual joy and mirth; in which the father acknowledges the returning penitent as his son; though he had behaved so wickedly before, and though he judged himself unworthy of the relation; and this he did, by sending the Spirit of adoption into his heart, to witness his sonship to him; and takes notice of his past state and condition, to show the great reason there was for joy, at his present one: for before be was "dead", dead in Adam, in whom all died; dead in law, being under a sentence of condemnation and death; and dead in trespasses and sins, which is a spiritual or moral death: in which all mankind by nature are: and which lies in a separation from God, Father, Son, and Spirit; in an alienation from the life of God; in a deformation of the image of God; in a loss of original righteousness; in the darkness of the understanding; in the inordinateness of the affections; in the pollution of the mind and conscience; in the stubbornness of the will; and in an impotency to that which is spiritually good; and in a privation of spiritual sense and motion: this had been the case, but now it was otherwise:

and is alive again: the Spirit of life from Christ had entered into him, and Christ was formed in his heart; and a principle of life was infused into him; a divine image was enstamped upon his soul; the understanding was enlightened in divine things; the affections were set upon them; the will was subjected to God, to his will and law, and to Christ and his righteousness, and the way of salvation by him, and to his commands and ordinances; and principles of grace and holiness were wrought in him, to do as well as to will; a spiritual sense of things were given him; a spiritual sight, hearing, tasting, and feeling, and savouring; he lived a life of holiness from Christ, of faith upon him, and of communion with him, and to his glory: and he came to be so, not of himself, nor by any creature; for no man can quicken himself, nor can any creature do it for him; it was entirely owing to the power and grace of God: and great reason here was for joy and mirth, as there is for every one that is quickened by the Spirit of God; for such shall never enter into condemnation, nor die again, but shall live and reign with Christ for ever:

he was lost; lost in Adam, and in himself; so he was when in the far country, and when among the swine and husks; so as that he knew not where he was, nor what a condition he was in; nor did he know how to get out of it, nor could he help himself; nor could any other creature; though not irretrievably and irrecoverably lost; not to the love of God, his knowledge of him, care and provision for him in Christ, in his counsel and covenant: hence the following mercy,

and is found; not only by Christ, in redemption, but by the Spirit of Christ in the effectual calling; when he was brought and came to himself, and saw his lost state and condition by nature; and when he was directed and brought home to his Father's house, and entertained with all the provisions of it; and such have reason to rejoice and be glad, for they shall be found in Christ at death and at judgment, and shall be with him to all eternity:

and they began to be merry: all parties. The Father expressed his joy, and the gladness of his heart, upon the return of his son to him; he exhorted to be merry on this account, Luke 15:23 and enforces it with reasons in this verse, taken from the relation he stood in to him, and the wonderful change that had passed upon him, and the finding of him; and he rejoices himself at his conversion, in the exercise of that grace which he himself implanted, and in the performance of duty by his assistance: not that any new joy arises in God's heart at such a time; for he always rejoiced in the persons of his elect, as they were the objects of his love, as chosen in Christ, and given to him, and as interested in the covenant of grace; and he rejoiced in the accomplishment of their salvation, by his Son: but in conversion, there are new expressions of joy; he rejoices over them to do them good, and rejoices in the good he does them; and this is the open beginning of his joy, and but the beginning of it; for it will continue, it is not all over, not all expressed, but will be in the fullest manner hereafter, to all eternity: the returned son began to be merry, as he had good reason for it; as that he was come back from the far country, where a mighty famine had been: and from the citizen of that country, his fields, and swine; that he was come to his father, and his father's house, where was bread enough and to spare; an house well furnished with all suitable provisions; a family made up of saints, where ministers of the Gospel are stewards, and angels guards, and where Christ is Son, priest, and master; and that he was received here, and owned as a son; not only was one secretly, but was owned as such openly; and was not only called so by the servants, but by the father himself; and that after he had behaved so vilely, and in his own conscience knew he was unworthy of the relation; and that he was received immediately, as soon as ever he came, and that in the most tender manner; and was entertained in the most free, generous, and sumptuous way; though he went away from his father of himself, and had spent his substance in a scandalous manner; and was in a most filthy, ragged, and piteous condition; and that he should be clothed with the best robe, the robe of Christ's righteousness; and so had nothing to fear from law and justice; nor was he in any danger of wrath to come because of his sins; nor had he any reason to doubt of his right and admission to the heavenly glory; and that he had the ring of love on the hand of faith, and could believe his interest in it, which is better than life, and will continue for ever; and that his feet were shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; that he understood the Gospel, and was brought to a submission to Gospel ordinances, and had his conversation agreeably to it; and that the fatted calf was killed, and set before him to eat of, and feed upon: and now he began to live and fare sumptuously, and to have spiritual joy and pleasure, which he never knew before; and this was but the beginning of joy to him: spiritual joy is not all over at once, it continues and increases; nor is it full and perfect in this life, but in heaven it will be complete, and without interruption; the servants also, the ministers of the Gospel, began to be merry on this occasion; who express their joy at the conversion of sinners, because of the glory of Father, Son, and Spirit, concerned in it; because of the grace bestowed then on sinners themselves; and because the interest of Christ is strengthened, and his churches increased, and Satan's kingdom weakened; and because their own ministry is blessed; and which strengthens their hands and hearts, and encourages them to go on in their work: and this is but the beginning of their joy; for they continue to rejoice at the growth of grace in believers, and when they are in a thriving and flourishing condition; when they walk becoming the Gospel of Christ, and live in peace among themselves; and persevere in faith and holiness to the end; and these will be their joy and crown of rejoicing, at the coming of Christ Jesus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. my son—now twice his son.

dead … lost—to me; to himself—to my service, my satisfaction; to his own dignity, peace, profit.

alive again … found—to all these.

merry—(See on [1677]Lu 15:10).

Luke 15:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
23and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate. 25"Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.…
Cross References
Matthew 8:22
But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Luke 9:60
Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."

Luke 15:23
Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.

Luke 15:25
"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.

Luke 15:32
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.'"

John 5:25
Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.

Romans 11:15
For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

Ephesians 2:1
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,

Ephesians 2:5
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.

Ephesians 5:14
This is why it is said: "Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

Colossians 2:13
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

1 Timothy 5:6
But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
Treasury of Scripture

For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

this.

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Mark 8:22 And he comes to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man to him, and …

John 5:21,24,25 For as the Father raises up the dead, and vivifies them; even so …

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes …

Romans 6:11,13 Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but …

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free …

2 Corinthians 5:14,15 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

Ephesians 2:1,5 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ …

Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your …

1 Timothy 5:6 But she that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.

Jude 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, …

Revelation 3:1 And to the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things said …

he.

Luke 15:4,8 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, …

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Genesis 45:28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will …

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Ezekiel 34:4,16 The diseased have you not strengthened, neither have you healed that …

Matthew 18:11-13 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost…

they.

Luke 15:7,9 I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner …

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give to you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and …

Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with …

Isaiah 66:11 That you may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; …

Jeremiah 31:12-14 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall …

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

1 Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or …

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