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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

536- The Enraged Goat


Daniel observed that his son returned everyday from school enraged of his colleagues. He was always grumbling. Therefore, he told him the story of the enraged goat.


Once a farmer had a beautiful goat. He put a golden rattler around her neck. Conceitedly, she was jumping right and left that all people would hear the voice of the rattler and come and see her beauty. While jumping, the rattler leapt into a small thorny tree on a hill. The goat looked to the tree and asked him to throw to her the rattler.

If you want it, climb the hill and take it. The tree said. Ill not throw it to you.

The goat was enraged and threatened the tree of taking revenge. She went to the saw, told him what had happened and asked him to cut the tree to avenge her. Image: A goat, from's Ethiopia photo visit collection, 2008 صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: ماعز (معزة) من صور رحلتنا للحبشة 2008 Image: A goat, from's Ethiopia photo visit collection, 2008 - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for, April-June 2008.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: ماعز (معزة) من صور رحلة موقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت للحبشة 2008 - تصوير مايكل غالي لـ: موقع الأنبا تكلا، إبريل - يونيو 2008.

The tree is not mistaken. How can I cut him? The saw replied. Besides, Im very old and Im no longer sharp.

The goat was again enraged and threatened the saw of taking revenge. She went to the fire, told her what had happened and asked him to burn the saw.

How can I burn the saw? The fire said. Hes right. He grew old and isnt able to cut the tree.

The goat was infuriated and threatened the fire of taking revenge. She then went to the water and asked him to quench the fire for revenge.

Why do you easily get infuriated? The water refused saying, What sin had the fire committed?

The goat was enraged and thought that all were against her. She went to the oxen and asked them to drink the water who refused to quench the fire. As the oxen heard the story, they said, Were not thirsty. Besides, the water didnt wrong you so well not drink the water.

She threatened them. Then, she went to a wolf, told him the story and asked him to eat the oxen.

O enraged goat, why do you stir me against the innocent oxen? If you dont go away from me now, Ill devour you.

The goat fled very furious. She went to the gun asking him to avenge her and kill the wolf. The gun said that he did not have bullets and that he did not want to kill a wolf for refusing to eat the oxen. She hurried to the mouse asking him to gnaw the gun for, he refused to kill the wolf.

The gun is made of metal and I cant bite metals. The mouse said.

The goat went furiously to the cat asking him to devour the mouse who refused to gnaw the gun. The cat looked to the goat and said,

Youre always enraged. Many a time you wanted to kill me with your horns. Ill not obey you.

Finding no way-out, she went to the shepherd and told him what had happened. The shepherd said, O angry goat, why didnt you come to me to bring you the rattler? You made great enmity between you and all the creatures and also the inanimates. Its my fault to leave you all daylong move here and there. Go to the barn.

The shepherd locked the door and the goat was inside. He brought the rattler. Instead of putting around her neck, he hung it on the door so that if she tried to go out he would hear her and would not let her out for a long time. Thus, rage changed her freedom to a prison.

→ English translation of the story here at الماعز الثائرة. Divider

Let me O Lord blame myself on everything.

May I be enraged against myself and my sins and ignorance

Instead of being enraged against others.

Anger makes my life a dark prison.

It makes me lose my inner freedom and peace.


 A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention (Prov. 15.18).


He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city (Prov. 16.32).


But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth (Col. 3.8).

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