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

543- Alfred and the Poisonous Serpent

 

 As it was very cold, Alfred saw a serpent trying to warm herself. She looked very tired. Alfred asked her, Why are you groaning?

Its very cold and Ive no place where I can warm myself.

I want to help you but Im afraid of your poison.

St-Takla.org Image: Egyptian Cobra, snake. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الكوبرا المصرية، حية، صل، ثعبان، أفعوان، أفعى.

St-Takla.org Image: Egyptian Cobra, snake.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الكوبرا المصرية، حية، صل، ثعبان، أفعوان، أفعى.

How can I poison the person who saves me? Take me to a warm place.

I know that serpents are cunning and unfaithful.

This is untrue. Try yourself and youll see that Ill return your help with love.

Alfred pitted her and took her to his house. When his mother saw him, she cried, Take her out soon.

However Alfred insisted on taking her to his room. The poisonous serpent got warm and rose to poison Alfred.

Alfred cried, Where is your promise?

The serpent answered, Where is your mind and wisdom? Dont you know me?

The serpent stung Alfred and poisoned him.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: ألفريد والحية السامة.

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Give me wisdom together with love.

Teach me not to be kind in an improper time.

Preserve me from the deception of the old serpent,

So that I may not embrace it,

Or give it a chance to poison me.

 

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Cor 11.3)


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