Matthew(i) 1 Then resorted vnto hym all the Publycans and synners for to heare hym. 2 And the Pharises & Scribes murmured saiyng. He receyued to hys company synners, and eateth with them. 3 Then put he forth thys similytude to them. saying: 4 What man of you hauynge an hundred shepe, yf he loose one of them, doth not leaue nynty and nyne in the wildernes, and go after that which is lost vntyl he fynde hym? 5 And when he hath found hym, he putteth hym on hys shoulders wyth ioye. 6 And assone as he cometh home, he calleth together his louers and neyghboures, saiyng vnto them: reioyse with me, for I haue found my shepe whiche was lost. 7 I saye vnto you, that lykewyse ioye shalbe in heauen ouer one synner, that repenteth, more then ouer nyntye and nyne iust persons whiche nede no repentaunce. 8 Eyther what woman hauyng .x. grotes yf she loose one, doth not lyght a candell, and swepe the house, and seke diligentlye, tyll she fynde it? 9 And when she hath founde it, she calleth her louers and her neyghboures, saiyng: Reioyse with me, for I haue founde the grote which I had lost. 10 Lykewyse I saye vnto you ioye is made in the presence of the Angels of God ouer one synner that repenteth. 11 And he sayde: A certayne man had two sonnes, 12 and the yonger of them sayde to hys father: geue me my parte of the goodes that to me belongeth. And he deuyded vnto them hys substaunce. 13 And not longe after, the yonger sonne gathered all that he had together, & toke hys iorneye into a farre countrye, & there he wasted hys goodes with ryetous liuing. 14 And when he had spent all that he had, there arose a great dearth throughout all that same lande, & he began to lacke. 15 And he wente and claue to a citesyn of the same countrye, whiche sent hym to hys fielde, to kepe hys swyne. 16 And he woulde fayne haue fylled hys bellye with the codes that swyne eate. And no man gaue hym. 17 Then he came to hym selfe, and sayed: Howe many hyred seruauntes at my fathers haue breade ynough, and I dye for honger, 18 I wyll aryse, and go to my father, and will say vnto hym: father I haue synned agaynst heauen and before the, 19 and am no more worthye to be called thy sonne, make me as one of thy hyred seruauntes. 20 And he arose and wente to his father. And when he was yet a great way of, hys father sawe hym, and had compassyon and ran and fell on hys necke, & kyssed hym. 21 And the sonne sayed vnto him: father, I haue synned agaynst heauen in thy syghte, & am no more worthy to be called thy sonne. 22 But hys father sayed to hys seruauntes: brynge forthe that beste garmentes, & put it on hym, and put a rynge on hys hande, & showes on hys fete. 23 And brynge hyther the fatted caulfe and kyll hym, and let vs eate and be merye: 24 for thys my sonne was dead, and is alyue agayne, he was lost and is nowe founde. And they beganne to be mery. 25 The elder brother was in the fielde, & when he came, & drewe nye to the house, he hearde minstrelcy and daunsynge, 26 and called one of hys seruauntes, and axed what those thinges meant. 27 And he sayed vnto him: thy brother is come, & thy father hath killed the fatted caulfe, because he hath receyued hym safe and sound. 28 And he was angrye, and woulde not go in. Then came hys father out, and intreated him 29 He aunswered and sayde to his father: Loo this many yeares haue I done the seruice, neyther brake at any tyme thy commaundement, & yet gauest thou me neuer so muche as a kyd to make mery with my louers: 30 but assone as this thy sonne was come, which hath deuoured thy goodes with harlotes, thou hast for his pleasure kylled the fatted caulfe. 31 And he sayde vnto hym: sonne thou wast euer with me, and all that I haue, is thyne. 32 It was mete that we shoulde make merye, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is aliue again and was loste, and is founde.