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

  • A disciple
    Many of us were indeed like the younger son, and some like the elder son. The younger son was very stupid and selfish, and his youth and inexperience cost him dearly in the sinful way he fell into. The older brother might have had an opportunity to go looking for his brother, instead of just being angry at him. The sinner is to be condemned, and that's what he does to himself when he repents.
  • Richard Kumar
    What do we know about the father and son's name etc. in Luke 15: 11-21?
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Many of us are prodigal sons striving to return to the warm embrace of Jesus and celebration in heaven of a returning lost soul. Thank Jesus for His forgiving spirit.
  • Zeingoff
    The lost sheep. Though one has the security if a flock yet will he leave all to search for what is missing. The same for the woman misplacing a coin. She will search for the lost coin even though what she has is adequate. The son didn't appreciate money but wasted it. All depict worldly life. It isn't enough. Who will love his life the world will lose it. Repent is to regret and change
  • Brandy Essex
    My thought: When we as children of God fall from grace we must recognize that God hands is still stretch and He is still married to the backslider. There should never be an act of condemnation towards that backslider because God is the one who condemns. What we as saints should realize is when God is in control there is victory and where victory is there is power.
  • Bruce
    What a world: And the publican, standing far off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven,but smote upon his breast, saying,God be merciful to me a sinner. Luke 18:10-13.
    In the Greek, publican is a tax collector.
    Romans 3:10-11 as it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one:11: There is none that understanding, there is none that seeketh after God.

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