Luke 15:32


King James Version (KJV)

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

American King James Version (AKJV)

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

American Standard Version (ASV)

But it was meet to make merry and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again ; and was lost, and is found.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

But it was right to be glad and to have a feast; for this your brother, who was dead, is living again; he had gone away and has come back.

Webster's Revision

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

World English Bible

But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.'"

English Revised Version (ERV)

But it was meet to make merry and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Definitions for Luke 15:32

Meet - Agreeable; fit; proper.

Clarke's Luke 15:32 Bible Commentary

This thy brother - Or, This brother of Thine. To awaken this ill-natured, angry, inhumane man to a proper sense of his duty, both to his parent and brother, this amiable father returns him his own unkind words, but in a widely different spirit. This son of mine to whom I show mercy is Thy brother, to whom thou shouldst show bowels of tenderness and affection; especially as he is no longer the person he was: he was dead in sin - he is quickened by the power of God: he was lost to thee, to me, to himself, and to our God; but now he is found: and he will be a comfort to me, a help to thee, and a standing proof, to the honor of the Most High, that God receiveth sinners. This, as well as the two preceding parables, was designed to vindicate the conduct of our blessed Lord in receiving tax-gatherers and heathens; and as the Jews, to whom it was addressed, could not but approve of the conduct of this benevolent father, and reprobate that of his elder son, so they could not but justify the conduct of Christ towards those outcasts of men, and, at least in the silence of their hearts, pass sentence of condemnation upon themselves. For the sublime, the beautiful, the pathetic, and the instructive, the history of Joseph in the Old Testament, and the parable of the prodigal son in the New, have no parallels either in sacred or profane history.

The following reflections, taken chiefly from pious Quesnel, cannot fail making this incomparable parable still more instructive.

Three points may be considered here: I. The degrees of his fall. II. The degrees of his restoration; and, III. The consequences of his conversion.

I. The prodigal son is the emblem of a sinner who refuses to depend on and be governed by the Lord. How dangerous is it for us to desire to be at our own disposal, to live in a state of independency, and to be our own governors! God cannot give to wretched man a greater proof of his wrath than to abandon him to the corruption of his own heart.

Not many days, etc., Luke 15:13. The misery of a sinner has its degrees; and he soon arrives, step by step, at the highest pitch of his wretchedness.

The first degree of his misery is, that he loses sight of God, and removes at a distance from him. There is a boundless distance between the love of God, and impure self-love; and yet, strange to tell, we pass in a moment from the one to the other!

The second degree of a sinner's misery is, that the love of God being no longer retained in the heart, carnal love and impure desires necessarily enter in, reign there, and corrupt all his actions.

The third degree is, that he squanders away all spiritual riches, and wastes the substance of his gracious Father in riot and debauch.

When he had spent all, etc., Luke 15:14. The fourth degree of an apostate sinner's misery is, that having forsaken God, and lost his grace and love, he can now find nothing but poverty, misery, and want. How empty is that soul which God does not fill! What a famine is there in that heart which is no longer nourished by the bread of life!

In this state, he joined himself - εκολληθη, he cemented, closely united himself, and fervently cleaved to a citizen of that country, Luke 15:15.

The fifth degree of a sinner's misery is, that he renders himself a slave to the devil, is made partaker of his nature, and incorporated into the infernal family. The farther a sinner goes from God, the nearer he comes to eternal ruin.

The sixth degree of his misery is, that he soon finds by experience the hardship and rigour of his slavery. There is no master so cruel as the devil; no yoke so heavy as that of sin; and no slavery so mean and vile as for a man to be the drudge of his own carnal, shameful, and brutish passions.

The seventh degree of a sinner's misery is, that he has an insatiable hunger and thirst after happiness; and as this can be had only in God, and he seeks it in the creature, his misery must be extreme. He desired to fill his belly with the husks, Luke 15:16. The pleasures of sense and appetite are the pleasures of swine, and to such creatures is he resembled who has frequent recourse to them, 2 Peter 2:22.

II. Let us observe, in the next place, the several degrees of a sinner's conversion and salvation.


Wesley's Luke 15:32 Bible Commentary

15:32 This thy brother was dead, and is alive - A thousand of these delicate touches in the inspired writings escape an inattentive reader. In Luke 15:30 , the elder son had unkindly and indecently said, This thy son. The father in his reply mildly reproves him, and tenderly says, This thy brother - Amazing intimation, that the best of men ought to account the worst sinners their brethren still; and should especially remember this relation, when they show any inclination to return. Our Lord in this whole parable shows, not only that the Jewshad no cause to murmur at the reception of the Gentiles, (a point which did not at that time so directly fall underconsideration,) but that if the Pharisees were indeed as good as they fancied themselves to be, still they had no reason to murmur at the kind treatment of any sincere penitent. Thus does he condemn them, even on their own principles, and so leaves them without excuse. We have in this parable a lively emblem of the condition andbehaviour of sinners in their natural state. Thus, when enriched by the bounty of the great common Father, do they ungratefully run from him, Luke 15:12 . Sensual pleasures are eagerly pursued, till they have squandered away all the grace of God, Luke 15:13 . And while these continue, not a serious thought of God can find a place in their minds. And even when afflictions come upon them, Luke 15:14 , still they will make hard shifts before they will let the grace of God, concurring with his providence, persuade them to think of a return, Luke 15:15 ,16. When they see themselves naked, indigent, and undone, then theyrecover the exercise of their reason, Luke 15:17 . Then they remember the blessings they have thrown away, and attend to the misery they have incurred. And hereupon they resolve to return to their father, and put the resolution immediately in practice, Luke 15:18 ,19. Behold with wonder and pleasure the gracious reception theyfind from Divine, injured goodness! When such a prodigal comes to his father, he sees him afar off, Luke 15:20 . He pities, meets, embraces him, and interrupts his acknowledgments with the tokens of his returning favour, Luke 15:21 . He arrays him with the robe of a Redeemer's righteousness, with inward and outward holiness; adorns him with all his sanctifying graces, and honours him with the tokens of adopting love, Luke 15:22 . And all this he does with unutterable delight, in that he who was lost is now found, Luke 15:23 ,24. Let no elder brother murmur at this indulgence, but ratherwelcome the prodigal back into the family. And let those who have been thus received, wander no more, but emulate the strictest piety of those who for many years have served their heavenly Father, and not transgressed his commandments.

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