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

  • Irene123
    to 'what a world' Lk.15 -- Rom.3:23 - why would being a tax collector exempt Levi/Matthew from being a sinner?
  • Jonathan Law
    The Bible never states that Tax Collectors are Sinners, it does however state that, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" in Romans 3:23. The one thing we all share in common is that we are all equals in our iniquities.
  • JANICE GIBBS
    Luke 15 is letting us know that we all fall short of the glory, but he is always willing to accept us back into his grace if we return with a repenting heart.
  • Kimberly Ellis
    I don't think it meant a tax collector is a sin I think it meant that he was a sinner bc of the extra money that he was collecting was wrong to the people. That's my understanding...I hope that kinda answer ur question. If not, try asking a minister at your church. Hopefully they can't explain it better, bc this is just my thought. Take care...
  • What A World
    I have this question, where can I find da answer to my question at... here goes, Where is it found in da Bible, Tax Collectors are Sinners?
  • Clara
    This story is about God unfailing love for,we can ask forgiveness,and he is righteous to forgive us from all our sins.we must forgive ourselves.amen

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