“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”
King James Version (KJV)
15:4 Leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness - Where they used to feed: all uncultivated ground, like our commons, was by the Jews termed wilderness or desert. And go after - In recovering a lost soul, God as it were labours. May we not learn hence, that to let them alone who are in sin, is both unchristian and inhuman! #Mt 18:12|.
Lu 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep? Three parables spoken in succession to show how cordially God "receiveth sinners" (Lu 15:2). The shepherd who loseth one sheep out of the flock of a hundred will leave the rest and go to seek the straying one.