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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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Then the Sheriff called Robin to him, not knowing him in his butcher's dress, and made him sit close to him on his right hand; for he loved a rich young prodigal--especially when he thought that he might lighten that prodigal's pockets into his own most worshipful purse.
At this all laughed, the Sheriff loudest of all, for he said to himself, "Surely this is indeed some prodigal, and perchance I may empty his purse of some of the money that the fool throweth about so freely." Then he spake aloud to Robin, saying, "Thou art a jolly young blade, and I love thee mightily"; and he smote Robin upon the shoulder.
Then, before he let him go, he said, "Now, fare thee well, good Sheriff, and when next thou thinkest to despoil some poor prodigal, remember thy feast in Sherwood Forest.
He sold more meat for one penny than we could sell for three; and he gave extra weight to whatsoever lass would buss him." And others said, "He is some prodigal who knows not the value of goods, and may be plucked by a shrewd man right closely."
The Sheriff was will to pluck a prodigal with the next man, and he was moreover glad to have a guest who promised to enliven the feast.
He had been a kind of prodigal son in his native village; living a loose, heedless life, and disregarding the precepts and imperative commands of the chiefs.
Imagine the joy of a family reunited with a runaway child and you will know the joy in Heaven when each prodigal returns.
DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN: BOOK ONE: PRODIGAL SON.
Emma plans special coverage for the returning prodigal Genevieve Bayard who hasn't been back to her hometown in decades.
Like other neighbouring countries, there is discrimination in churches in Zimbabwe against people living with HIV/AIDS, where some preachers have labelled people living with the virus as "sinners" or "prodigal sons and daughters." Zimbabwe is one of the worst hit countries by the HIV/AIDS pandemic with more than 2,500 people dying every week from illnesses related to the virus, and researchers saying that HIV/AIDS accounts for 75 per cent of hospital bed occupancy.
The prodigal son, too, took this journey from dependence to responsibility.
Highlights include the monumental War Requiem, featuring soprano Barbara Livingston, tenor Michael Schade, and baritones Russell Braun and Theodore Baerg; the chamber opera, The Prodigal Son; and the church opera, Noye's Fludde.