Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Evangeliad (26:4-8)

Section 26:4-8 (corresponding to Luke 15:4-7)

"Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep,
But one--only one--of all those you keep
Wandered off and was lost in the wilderness,
Away from its flock and in great distress.

Wouldn't the shepherd leave the ninety-nine,
Leave the greater part of the flock behind,
And go seek the lost one till it was found?
He would tenderly lift it off the ground,

And rejoicing, carry it all the way home,
Safe on his shoulders from where it had roamed.
Then he'd gather his friends and neighbors around,
Saying, 'Rejoice! My lost sheep is found!'

In heaven there's joy for those who have strayed
When the shepherd brings them back to the way;
More joy for the one who repents and is saved
Than ninety-nine righteous who don't change their ways.