King James Bible of 1611 (original spelling)
Audio (lines 11-21)
And hee said, A certain man had two sonnes:
12 And the yonger of them said to his father, Father, giue me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his liuing.
13 And not many days after, the yonger sonne gathered altogether, and tooke his journey into a farre country, and there wasted his substance with riotous liuing.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land, and he beganne to be in want.
15 And he went and ioyned himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him unto his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would faine have filled his belly with the huskes that the swine did eate & no man gaue unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired seruants of my fathers haue bread inough and to spare, and I perish with hunger:
18 I will arise and goe to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I haue sinned against heauen and before thee.
19 And am no more worthy to called thy sonne; make me as one of thy hired seruants.
20 And he arose and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and came, and fell on his necke, and kissed him.
21 And the sonne said unto him, Father, I haue sinned against heauen, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy sonne.
22 But the
father saide to his seruants, Bring foorth the best robe, and put it on
him, and put a ring on his hand, and shooes on his feete.
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