Luke 15:29

And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he answering said to his father, Loe, these many yeeres doe I serue thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandement, and yet thou neuer gauest mee a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But he answered and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and {yet} you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But he answered and said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, and I never transgressed a commandment of thine; and `yet' thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But he made answer and said to his father, See, all these years I have been your servant, doing your orders in everything: and you never gave me even a young goat so that I might have a feast with my friends:
- Basic English Bible

But he answering said to his father, Behold, so many years I serve thee, and never have I transgressed a commandment of thine; and to me hast thou never given a kid that I might make merry with my friends:
- Darby Bible

And he answering, said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither have I at any time transgressed thy commandment; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
- Webster's Bible

`All these years,' replied the son, `I have been slaving for you, and I have never at any time disobeyed any of your orders, and yet you have never given me so much as a kid, for me to enjoy myself with my friends;
- Weymouth Bible

But he answered his father, 'Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.
- World English Bible

And he answerde to his fadir, and seide, Lo! so many yeeris Y serue thee, and Y neuer brak thi comaundement; and thou neuer yaf to me a kidde, that Y with my freendis schulde haue ete.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he answering said to the father, Lo, so many years I do serve thee, and never thy command did I transgress, and to me thou didst never give a kid, that with my friends I might make merry;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 15:29


15:29 Lo, so many years do I serve thee - So he was one of the instances mentioned #Lu 15:7|. How admirably therefore does this parable confirm that assertion! Yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends - Perhaps God does not usually give much joy to those who never felt the sorrows of repentance.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 15:29


Lu 15:29 Neither transgressed I at any time. Here is the very spirit of Pharisaism, a self-righteous spirit. His charges show while nominally with the father, he was far away from him in spirit.

Discussion for Luke 15:29

  • Nkosinathi Ngulube for verse 29
    It was good that the father never gave him a kid to be merry with his friends, for the father knew that the elder brother might be lost and dead forever, never to repent...........God knows us all individually and He giveth according to the counsel of His purpose and plan

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