A-Z: General definitions: Lost sheep


Biblical writers often compare human beings who wander away from God to sheep who have gone astray (Psalms 119:176; Jeremiah 50:6; Matthew 10:6). Jesus told a parable about the shepherd's concern for single lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7). The image of the Lost Sheep is used in the confession of sin in the Book of Common Prayer: 'We have erred' (wandered) 'and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep' (Liturgy Morning Prayer:Confession).

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