15:18 I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned 1 against heaven 2 and against 3 you.
15:21 Then 4 his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven 5 and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 6
1 sn In the confession “I have sinned” there is a recognition of wrong that pictures the penitent coming home and “being found.”
2 sn The phrase against heaven is a circumlocution for God.
4 tn Here δέ (de) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.
5 sn The phrase against heaven is a circumlocution for God. 1st century Judaism tended to minimize use of the divine name out of reverence.