THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP
Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering
around to hear him.
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This
man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
Then Jesus told them this parable:
"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.
Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after
the lost sheep until he finds it?
And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and
says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.'
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven
over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons
who do not need to repent.
Luke 15, 1 - 7