NIV Matthew 18:10-13
"See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. 11 12 "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.
"Twas a Sheep"
Twas a sheep, not a lamb, that strayed away
In the parable Jesus told:
A grown-up sheep that had gone astray
from the ninety & nine in the fold.
Out in the wilderness, out in the cold,
Twas a sheep that Good Shepherd sought:
Back to the flock & into the fold,
Twas a sheep the Good Shepherd brought.
And why, for the sheep should we earnestly long
And so earnestly hope and pray,
Because there is danger, if they go wrong,
They will lead the young lambs astray.
For the lambs follow sheep, you know,
Wherever the sheep may stray;
If the sheep go wrong, it will not be long
Till the lambs are as wrong as they.
So with the sheep we earnestly plead
For the safety of the lambs today;
if the lambs are lost, what a terrible cost
Some sheep may have to pay.