Luke 15:28
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New International Version
"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.

New Living Translation
"The older brother was angry and wouldn't go in. His father came out and begged him,

English Standard Version
But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,

New American Standard Bible
"But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.

King James Bible
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Then he became angry and didn't want to go in. So his father came out and pleaded with him.

International Standard Version
"Then the older son became angry and wouldn't go into the house. So his father came out and began to plead with him.

NET Bible
But the older son became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and appealed to him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he was angry and he did not want to enter and his father went out pleading with him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Then the older son became angry and wouldn't go into the house. His father came out and begged him to come in.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he was angry and would not go in, therefore his father came out and intreated him.

King James 2000 Bible
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore his father came out, and entreated him.

American King James Version
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.

American Standard Version
But he was angry, and would not go in: and his father came out, and entreated him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he was angry, and would not go in. His father therefore coming out began to entreat him.

Darby Bible Translation
But he became angry and would not go in. And his father went out and besought him.

English Revised Version
But he was angry, and would not go in: and his father came out, and entreated him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he was angry, and would not go in; therefore his father came out, and entreated him.

Weymouth New Testament
"Then he was angry and would not go in. But his father came out and entreated him.

World English Bible
But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father came out, and begged him.

Young's Literal Translation
'And he was angry, and would not go in, therefore his father, having come forth, was entreating him;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:25-32 In the latter part of this parable we have the character of the Pharisees, though not of them alone. It sets forth the kindness of the Lord, and the proud manner in which his gracious kindness is often received. The Jews, in general, showed the same spirit towards the converted Gentiles; and numbers in every age object to the gospel and its preachers, on the same ground. What must that temper be, which stirs up a man to despise and abhor those for whom the Saviour shed his precious blood, who are objects of the Father's choice, and temples of the Holy Ghost! This springs from pride, self-preference, and ignorance of a man's own heart. The mercy and grace of our God in Christ, shine almost as bright in his tender and gentle bearing with peevish saints, as his receiving prodigal sinners upon their repentance. It is the unspeakable happiness of all the children of God, who keep close to their Father's house, that they are, and shall be ever with him. Happy will it be for those who thankfully accept Christ's invitation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - Therefore came his father out, and entreated him. The disapprobation of Jesus for Pharisee opinions was very marked, yet here and elsewhere his treatment of them, with a few exceptional cases, was generally very gentle and loving. There was something in their excessive devotion to the letter of the Divine Law, to the holy temple, to the proud traditions of their race, that was admirable. It was a love to God, but a love all marred and blurred. It was a patriotism, but a patriotism utterly mistaken. The elder brother here was a representative of the great and famous sect, both in its fair and repulsive aspect, in its moral severity and correctness, in its harshness and exclusive pride. The father condescended to entreat this angry elder son; and Jesus longed to win these proud mistaken Pharisees.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he was angry,.... Particularly that the fatted calf was killed, Luke 15:27 the preaching of a crucified Christ, and of free and full salvation by him, is highly displeasing and provoking to self-righteous persons; they are angry at it, that it should be free, that election to salvation should be of grace, that justification should be freely by the grace of God, and that pardon of sin should be according to the riches of God's grace, and salvation be by grace, and not by works; and that it should be discriminating, that God should appoint some, and not all unto salvation; that Christ should redeem some, and not all; and that all men are not called unto it, by his Spirit and grace; and that it should be full and complete, so as nothing can be added to it; and that it should be for sinners, and alone by Christ, and by him as crucified: it would be agreeable, was it taught that salvation was by Christ in a doctrinal way, by giving laws and rules to men, whereby to save themselves; or that Christ saves by example, and not by his sacrifice, in a way of satisfaction for sin. Now, though no grievous words were used, nor any thing said that might justly provoke, yet such was the pride of his heart, that he could not bear that his brother should be taken so much notice of, who had acted and lived so scandalously; and besides, his own character as a righteous person, was neglected by this doctrine; and his own righteousness laid aside, in the business of justification and salvation, which was intolerable by him:

and would not go in; into his father's house, nor to the feast, nor into the kingdom of heaven, or Gospel dispensation; the Scribes and Pharisees shut it up to themselves, and others; would neither go in themselves, nor suffer others; they did not believe Jesus to be the Messiah, nor did they receive, but reject him; nor did they give any credit to the doctrines, nor submit to the ordinances of that dispensation:

therefore came his father out; not in a way of wrath and judgment, but in the ministry of the word; for though the Jews rejected it, it was not at once taken away from them, but was continued time after time, and for some considerable time: the Jews of old had the ministry of the word, both by angels and men; God frequently went forth to them by his prophets, and at last by his Son; and though they were angry with him, and rejected him, yet still the ministry of the word, by the disciples of Christ, were continued a good while to them; which shows the condescending goodness and grace of God, and his patience and longsuffering towards them:

and entreated him; the Persic version reads, "and said unto him, why dost thou not go in?" this regards the external call by the ministry of the word, to the outward duties of religion, to means of grace; to give credit to the doctrines, and to attend the ordinances of the Gospel.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. came his father out, and entreated him—"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him" (Ps 103:13). As it is the elder brother who now errs, so it is the same paternal compassion which had fallen on the neck of the younger that comes forth and pleads with the elder.

Luke 15:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
27"And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.' 28"But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. 29"But he answered and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends;…
Cross References
Jonah 4:1
But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.

Mark 1:40
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, "If you are willing, you can make me clean."

Luke 15:27
Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'

Luke 15:29
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.
Treasury of Scripture

And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.

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Luke 5:30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, …

Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spoke within …

1 Samuel 17:28 And Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and …

1 Samuel 18:8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, …

Isaiah 65:5 Which say, Stand by yourself, come not near to me; for I am holier …

Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, you that tremble at his word; Your brothers …

Jonah 4:1-3 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry…

Matthew 20:11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the manager of the house,

Acts 13:45,50 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, …

Acts 14:2,19 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their …

Acts 22:21,22 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles…

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1 Thessalonians 2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, …

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Genesis 4:5-7 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was …

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