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The point of this story is the contrast between the joyless elder son and the joyful father. It was spoken in response to the way the Pharisees and scribes begrudged the welcome that Jesus gave to sinners who out of destitution resorted to Jesus: Luk 15:1 And all the tax-gatherers and the sinners were coming near to him to hear him; Luk 15:2 and the ...

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