New American Standard Bible
"So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
King James Bible
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
Darby Bible Translation
And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
World English Bible
He went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.
Young's Literal Translation
and having gone on, he joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him to the fields to feed swine,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Joined himself - Entered the service of that citizen. Hired himself out to him. It would seem that he engaged to do any kind of work, even of the lowest kind.
A citizen - One of the inhabitants of one of the cities or towns of that region, probably a man of property.
Into the fields - Out of the city where the owner lived.
To feed swine - This was a very low employment, and particularly so to a "Jew." It was forbidden to the Jews to eat swine, and of course it was unlawful to keep them. To be compelled, therefore, to engage in such an employment was the deepest conceivable degradation. The "object" of this image, as used by the Saviour in the parable, is to show the loathsome employments and the deep degradation to which sin leads people, and no circumstance could possibly illustrate it in a more striking manner than he has done here. Sin and its results everywhere have the same relation to that which is noble and great, which the feeding of swine had, in the estimation of a Jew, to an honorable and dignified employment.
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ST. LUKE xv. 7. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. There are three parables in this chapter: all agree in one quality-- in their humanity. God shows us in them that there is something in his character which is like the best and simplest parts of our characters. God himself likens himself to men, that men may understand him and love him. Why there should be more joy over the …
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"Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
"Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.
"And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.
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