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

594- Who is the True Son?

 

After burying the king of Cimmerians, came three young men to the monarchal palace. Each of them claimed that he was the true crown prince. No one could recognize the true prince. Therefore, they went to Ariopharnes King of Thrace who was known for his wisdom.

St-Takla.org Image: Jonathan shoots the arrow (1 Samuel 20: 20) - from "Story of the Bible", authored by Rev. Hurlbut, 1904. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يوناثان يرمي السهم (صموئيل الأول 20: 20) - من كتاب "قصة الكتاب المقدس"، إصدار الكاهن هيرلبات، 1904.

St-Takla.org Image: Jonathan shoots the arrow (1 Samuel 20: 20) - from "Story of the Bible", authored by Rev. Hurlbut, 1904.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يوناثان يرمي السهم (صموئيل الأول 20: 20) - من كتاب "قصة الكتاب المقدس"، إصدار الكاهن هيرلبات، 1904.

The king went with the young men to the late kings tomb. He gave each of them an arrow. He asked them to point their arrows and hurt the kings body. The first and the second did as ordered. As for the third young man, his hand trembled and he said in tears, I cant hurt my fathers body. Let any of them be the king but I wont humiliate my fathers body. Then, the king proclaimed that this was the true crown prince.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: من هو الابن الحقيقي؟

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Many people bear Your name.

Yet, they hurt You with their arrows.

They crucify You and defame You again.

Grant me not to desire temporal glory

And not to bear my Christs name as an outer appearance.

On the contrary, let me enjoy being Your true son,

And honor Your body

In order to be fit for Your eternal glories.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,

And have tasted the heavenly gift,

And have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,

And have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away,

To renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God,

And put Him to an open shame

(Heb. 6.4-6). 


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