Luke 15:24
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New American Standard Bible
for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.

King James Bible
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Darby Bible Translation
for this my son was dead and has come to life, was lost and has been found. And they began to make merry.

World English Bible
for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.' They began to celebrate.

Young's Literal Translation
because this my son was dead, and did live again, and he was lost, and was found; and they began to be merry.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Was dead - This is capable of two significations:

1. "I supposed" that he was dead, but I know now that he is alive.

2. He was "dead to virtue" - he was sunk in pleasure and vice.

The word is not unfrequently thus used. See 1 Timothy 5:6; Matthew 8:22; Romans 6:13. Hence, to be restored to "virtue" is said to be restored again to life, Romans 6:13; Revelation 3:1; Ephesians 2:1. It is probable that this latter is the meaning here. See Luke 15:32.

Was lost - Had wandered away from home, and we knew not where he was.

Luke 15:24 Parallel Commentaries

Library
The Humanity of God
ST. LUKE xv. 7. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. There are three parables in this chapter: all agree in one quality-- in their humanity. God shows us in them that there is something in his character which is like the best and simplest parts of our characters. God himself likens himself to men, that men may understand him and love him. Why there should be more joy over the
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons

'That which was Lost'
'An hundred sheep ... ten pieces of silver,... two sons.'--LUKE XV. 4,8,11. The immediate occasion of these three inimitable parables, which have found their way to the heart of the world, needs to be remembered in order to grasp their import and importance. They are intended to vindicate Christ's conduct in associating with outcasts and disreputable persons whom His Pharisaical critics thought a great deal too foul to be touched by clean hands. They were not meant to set forth with anything like
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture

Nor Let us Allege that we are Justly Rendered Timid by a Consciousness of Sin...
Nor let us allege that we are justly rendered timid by a consciousness of sin, by which our Father, though mild and merciful, is daily offended. For if among men a son cannot have a better advocate to plead his cause with his father, and cannot employ a better intercessor to regain his lost favour, than if he come himself suppliant and downcast, acknowledging his fault, to implore the mercy of his father, whose paternal feelings cannot but be moved by such entreaties, what will that "Father of all
John Calvin—Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith

Privilege and Experience
"And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." --Luke 15:31. The words of the text are familiar to us all. The elder son had complained and said, that though his father had made a feast, and had killed the fatted calf for the prodigal son, he had never given him even a kid that he might make merry with his friends. The answer of the father was: "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." One cannot have a more wonderful revelation of the heart of
Andrew Murray—The Deeper Christian Life

Cross References
Matthew 8:22
But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead."

Luke 9:60
But He said to him, "Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God."

Luke 15:23
and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;

Luke 15:25
"Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.

Luke 15:32
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.'"

John 5:25
"Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

Romans 11:15
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

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