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prodigal son,

in the New Testament, parable of Jesus about heaven and the sinner who repents. A young man leaves home and becomes a wastrel; repentant, he returns to be received with joyful welcome.
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prodigal son

squanders share of money in reckless living. [N.T.: Luke 15:13]

prodigal son

received with open arms by loving father. [N.T.: Luke 15:20–21]
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The Parable of the Neglected Brother, more commonly known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son, provides no simple answer.
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In the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11), the elder son is jealous when his father kills the fatted calf to celebrate the return of the younger son, saying: "You never offered me so much as a kid for me to celebrate with my friends."
He has waited for us like the father in the parable of the prodigal son.
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