New American Standard Bible
I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."'
King James Bible
And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
Darby Bible Translation
I am no longer worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
World English Bible
I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants."'
Young's Literal Translation
and no more am I worthy to be called thy son; make me as one of thy hirelings.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
No more worthy ... - "Such has been my conduct that I have been a disgrace to my father. I am not fit to be honored by being called the son of a man so kind and virtuous."
Make me as one ... - "Treat me as a servant. Let me come again into your family, but I do not ask to be treated as a son. I am willing to come in if you will give me only the support that you give to a servant." This evinced,
1. Deep humility - such as a sinner should have.
2. Love for his father's house - such as all penitents should have toward God's dwelling-place in heaven.
3. Confidence in his father that he would treat him kindly, even if he treated him as a servant. Such confidence all returning penitents feel in God. They are assured that God will treat them kindly that whatever he gives them will be more than they deserve, and they are, therefore, willing to be in his hands. Yet,
4. He had no adequate sense of his father's kindness. He did not fully appreciate his character. He was far more kind than he had dared to hope he would be; just as all sinners undervalue the character of God, and find him always more kind than they had supposed. No sinner comes to God with a just and adequate view of his character, but "always" finds him more merciful than he had dared to hope.
LibraryThe Humanity of God
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 …
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons
'That which was Lost'
Nor Let us Allege that we are Justly Rendered Timid by a Consciousness of Sin...
Privilege and Experience
'I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight;
"So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
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