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The Parable of the Lost Coin

Or what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had lost. Even so, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

(Luke 15:8-10)

In this parable, which Jesus told after telling the parable of the Lost Sheep, Jesus has the same thought as was in the previous parable. In this parable, Jesus told of a woman who had ten pieces (coins) of silver. When one was lost, she swept the house and sought diligently to find it. When she found it, she called together her friends and neighbors, and told them to rejoice with her.

As with the previous parable, Jesus compares the woman finding one silver piece that was lost to one sinner who repents, and that “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God.”

Jesus was pointing out that when a sinner repents, there is more joy in heaven than over many who have no need of repentance.

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