When men lie, they do it with dignity and for the benefit of all. One day a woodcutter chopped down a tree over a river and dropped an ax into it. He wept with grief, but then the Lord appeared to him and asked:
- Why are you crying?
- How can I not cry, because I dropped an ax into the river and will no longer be able to earn food for my family. Then the Lord took out a golden ax from the river and asked:
- Is that your ax?
“No, it’s not my ax, ” said the woodcutter. The Lord took a silver ax out of the river and asked:
- Maybe this is your ax?
“No, and it’s not my ax, ” answered the woodcutter. Finally, the Lord took out an iron ax from the river.
- Yes, this is my ax, - the woodcutter rejoiced.
- I see that you are an honest man and you keep my commandments, - said the Lord, - take all three axes as a reward. The woodcutter began to live in abundance, but then, unfortunately, his wife fell into the river. He wept bitterly again. And again the Lord appeared to him and asked:
- Why are you crying? - How can I not cry, because my wife fell into the river. Then the Lord took a young and very beautiful girl out of the river and asked:
- Is it your wife?
“Yes, this is my wife, ” the woodcutter answered happily. The Lord got angry:
- You lied to me, how so?
- You see, O Lord, - answered the woodcutter, - there was a slight misunderstanding. I would answer that this is not my wife. Then you would get an even more attractive woman out of the river, and I would again say that she is not my wife. Then you would get my wife, and I would say that here she is my wife. You would give me all three, and what would I do with them? I couldn't feed them all, and all four of us would be very unhappy.
Moral: When men lie, they do it with dignity and for the benefit of all.