Setting: Tax collectors and sinners came to hear Jesus. The scribes and Pharisees were present also.
Jesus spoke a parable to them:
What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?
And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and carries it home, rejoicing.
And when he gets home, he calls together his friends and neighbors.
The sheep owner (to his friends and neighbors): Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
Likewise, there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over the ninety-nine just people who need no repentance.