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

596- I Didnt Buy the Pearl


Susan saw a toy in his room which she did not buy for him. As she asked him about it, he said, I found it under our neighbors tree.

Is it yours?

No. But it had been there for a month. Surely no one want it.

Then, you should ask them first. Image: One white Pearl صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لؤلؤة واحدة بيضاء - اللؤلؤ Image: One white pearl.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لؤلؤة واحدة بيضاء - اللؤلؤ.

Its cheap.

To be honest return it to its place and Ill buy you a toy like it. Or, ask its owner if he doesnt want it.

What do you mean by honesty?

Ill tell you the story of an honest rabbi:

It was said in the past that a rabbi bought a donkey as a means of transportation. Months later, some of his disciples, who used to spend a lot of time in his house, came to him joyfully. They said, Rabbi, youve become very rich.


Look! Its a precious pearl.

Where did you find it?

It was on the chain around the neck of the donkey.

It isnt mine.

Didnt you buy the donkey months ago?

Yes but I didnt buy the pearl. Ive to return it to the seller.

The rabbi took the pearl and returned to the seller informing him of its value.

→ English translation of the story here at لم أشترِ اللؤلؤة. Divider

Lord, Grant me the spirit of honesty,

So that I would not desire what is not mine.

My honesty is dearer to You than all pearls.

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