Bible Study — The Ten Coins (Luke 15:8-10)

Jesus teaches in parables.  This is one of them:

“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

What do you think the parable means?  What inferences is it making to other parts of the bible? What would Jesus’ audience be hearing in the story that we might miss?

And… here it is in Latin:

Aut quae mulier habens drachmas decem, si perdiderit drachmam unam, nonne accendit lucernam, et everrit domum, et quaerit diligenter, donec inveniat? Et cum invenerit convocat amicas et vicinas, dicens: Congratulamini mihi, quia inveni drachmam quam perdideram. Ita, dico vobis, gaudium erit coram angelis Dei super uno peccatore poenitentiam agente.

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