Luke 15:32

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

It was meete that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is aliue againe: and was lost, and is found.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and {has begun} to live, and {was} lost and has been found.'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But it was meet to make merry and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive `again'; and `was' lost, and is found.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But it was right to be glad and to have a feast; for this your brother, who was dead, is living again; he had gone away and has come back.
- Basic English Bible

But it was right to make merry and rejoice, because this thy brother was dead and has come to life again, and was lost and has been found.
- Darby Bible

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
- Webster's Bible

We are bound to make merry and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has come back to life, he was lost and has been found.'"
- Weymouth Bible

But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.'"
- World English Bible

But it bihofte for to make feeste, and to haue ioye; for this thi brother was deed, and lyuede ayen; he perischide, and is foundun.
- Wycliffe Bible

but to be merry, and to be glad, it was needful, because this thy brother was dead, and did live again, he was lost, and was found.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 15:32


15:32 This thy brother was dead, and is alive - A thousand of these delicate touches in the inspired writings escape an inattentive reader. In #Lu 15:30|, the elder son had unkindly and indecently said, This thy son. The father in his reply mildly reproves him, and tenderly says, This thy brother - Amazing intimation, that the best of men ought to account the worst sinners their brethren still; and should especially remember this relation, when they show any inclination to return. Our Lord in this whole parable shows, not only that the Jews had no cause to murmur at the reception of the Gentiles, (a point which did not at that time so directly fall under consideration,) but that if the Pharisees were indeed as good as they fancied themselves to be, still they had no reason to murmur at the kind treatment of any sincere penitent. Thus does he condemn them, even on their own principles, and so leaves them without excuse. We have in this parable a lively emblem of the condition and behaviour of sinners in their natural state. Thus, when enriched by the bounty of the great common Father, do they ungratefully run from him, #Lu 15:12|. Sensual pleasures are eagerly pursued, till they have squandered away all the grace of God, #Lu 15:13|. And while these continue, not a serious thought of God can find a place in their minds. And even when afflictions come upon them, #Lu 15:14|, still they will make hard shifts before they will let the grace of God, concurring with his providence, persuade them to think of a return, #Lu 15:15|,16. When they see themselves naked, indigent, and undone, then they recover the exercise of their reason, #Lu 15:17|. Then they remember the blessings they have thrown away, and attend to the misery they have incurred. And hereupon they resolve to return to their father, and put the resolution immediately in practice, #Lu 15:18|,19. Behold with wonder and pleasure the gracious reception they find from Divine, injured goodness! When such a prodigal comes to his father, he sees him afar off, #Lu 15:20|. He pities, meets, embraces him, and interrupts his acknowledgments with the tokens of his returning favour, #Lu 15:21|. He arrays him with the robe of a Redeemer's righteousness, with inward and outward holiness; adorns him with all his sanctifying graces, and honours him with the tokens of adopting love, #Lu 15:22|. And all this he does with unutterable delight, in that he who was lost is now found, #Lu 15:23|,24. Let no elder brother murmur at this indulgence, but rather welcome the prodigal back into the family. And let those who have been thus received, wander no more, but emulate the strictest piety of those who for many years have served their heavenly Father, and not transgressed his commandments.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 15:32


Lu 15:32 This thy brother. If a son, then the returned sinner is his brother. Unless he, too, can welcome him, then "he" is the lost son. Stier says: ``Those who object to all use of fiction must explain, as best they may, this story, for such it is. There is not even an application attached to it; the reader is left to make that for himself. As a representation of redeeming love it has been well called the Gospel in the Gospel. In comparison with others, it is the Crown and Pearl of all parables.''

Discussion for Luke 15:32

  • Nkosinathi Ngulube for verse 32
    Until we be reconciliatory, unless we be of the character of the Father, we have no credible relationship with each other at all.
  • Bob Cutler for verse 32
    I always believed that this parable was focused on redemption and salvation but as I study it seems to point to the relationship with the Father that is already established than taking off the old and putting on the new.

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