Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were drawing near to Him to hear Him. And both the Pharisees and the scribes kept murmuring, saying, "This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them." Then He spake this parable to them, saying "What man of you having a hundred sheep and having lost one of them, doth not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost, until he find it? And having found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And coming to his house, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost." I say to you, that likewise there shall be joy in heaven over one repenting sinner, more than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.
"Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she lose one coin, doth not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently till she find it? And having found it, she calleth together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me; for I have found the coin which I lost." Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one repenting sinner."