Luke 15:7

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I say vnto you, that likewise ioy shall be in heauen ouer one sinner that repenteth, more then ouer ninety and nine iust persons, which need no repentance.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"I tell you that in the same way, there will be {more} joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I say unto you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, `more' than over ninety and nine righteous persons, who need no repentance.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I say to you that even so there will be more joy in heaven when one sinner is turned away from his wrongdoing, than for ninety-nine good men, who have no need of a change of heart.
- Basic English Bible

I say unto you, that thus there shall be joy in heaven for one repenting sinner, [more] than for ninety and nine righteous who have no need of repentance.
- Darby Bible

I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, who need no repentance.
- Webster's Bible

I tell you that in the same way there will be rejoicing in Heaven over one repentant sinner--more rejoicing than over ninety-nine blameless persons who have no need of repentance.
- Weymouth Bible

I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.
- World English Bible

And Y seie to you, so ioye schal be in heuene on o synful man doynge penaunce, more than on nynti and nyne iuste, that han no nede to penaunce.
- Wycliffe Bible

`I say to you, that so joy shall be in the heaven over one sinner reforming, rather than over ninety-nine righteous men, who have no need of reformation.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 15:7


15:7 Joy shall be - Solemn and festal joy, in heaven - First, in our blessed Lord himself, and then among the angels and spirits of just men, perhaps informed thereof by God himself, or by the angels who ministered to them. Over one sinner - One gross, open, notorious sinner, that repenteth - That is, thoroughly changed in heart and life; more than over ninety and nine just persons - Comparatively just, outwardly blameless: that need not such a repentance - For they need not, cannot repent of the sins which they never committed. The sum is, as a father peculiarly rejoices when an extravagant child, supposed to be utterly lost, comes to a thorough sense of his duty; or as any other person who has recovered what he had given up for gone, has a more sensible satisfaction in it, than in several other things equally valuable, but not in such danger: so do the angels in heaven peculiarly rejoice in the conversion of the most abandoned sinners. Yea, and God himself so readily forgives and receives them, that he may be represented as having part in the joy.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 15:7


Lu 15:7 Joy shall be in heaven. The Father rejoices and the Son and the angels with him. Over one sinner that repenteth. That "comes to himself", decides to leave off sin and to serve God. Repentance means a change of mind or heart. Than over ninety and nine righteous persons. Over those who are already in Christ, safe, and need no repentance. It is the saving of the lost that brings the greatest joy.

Discussion for Luke 15

  • BUHLEBENDALO
    Comment*LUKE chapter 15 blesses me very much,because it teaches us as youth to be patience and to let God controls us as he wish to
  • John madden for verse 24
    His father loved him and waited for him..but he was lost but now is found dead but alive now .
  • this is a great scripture in the gospel age the dispensation of grace: even if we fall short grace allows us back in the presence of YAHVAH GOD HE HAS MADE PROVISIONS WHERE WE CANNOT FAIL AMEN AMEN
  • Zebedeo Ogamba
    Our God is just no matter how long an how many times we sin, if we look onto Him an be in our sences, He will forgive us an cleanse our sins
  • John madden for verse 24
    He was dead in his sin.the wages of sin is death.he came to his senses.
  • Frank Craig for verse 10
    ithink think this clearly says that God rejoices over a repentant sinner while the angels look on wondering what this salvation is all about.

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