“And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:”
King James Version (KJV)
15:23 Let us be merry - Both here, and wherever else this word occurs, whether in the Old or New Testament, it implies nothing of levity, but a solid, serious, religious, heartfelt joy: indeed this was the ordinary meaning of the word two hundred years ago, when our translation was made.
Lu 15:23 Bring hither the fatted calf. For a feast of welcome. To make such preparations was common in the simple life of the East. See Ge 18:6-8.