15:7 I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner 1 who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people 2 who have no need to repent. 3
15:9 Then 4 when she has found it, she calls together her 5 friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice 6 with me, for I have found the coin 7 that I had lost.’
1 sn There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents. The pursuit of the sinner is a priority in spite of the presence of others who are doing well (see also Luke 5:32; 19:10). The theme of repentance, a major Lukan theme, is again emphasized.
2 tn Here δικαίοις (dikaioi") is an adjective functioning substantivally and has been translated “righteous people.”
3 tn Or “who do not need to repent”; Grk “who do not have need of repentance.”
4 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.
5 tn Grk “the”; in context the article is used as a possessive pronoun (ExSyn 215).
6 sn Rejoice. Besides the theme of pursuing the lost, the other theme of the parable is the joy of finding them.
7 tn Grk “drachma.”