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A True Friend

Tom and John were two friends. One day they were passing through a dense forest. John said, “Friend, I
am afraid there are wild beasts in this forest. What will we do if a wild beast attacks us?”

“Don’t be afraid, John,” said Tom, “I shall stand by your side if any danger comes. We shall fight together
and save ourselves.” Thus talking they went on their journey.

But suddenly they saw a bear coming towards them. Tom at once got up the nearest tree. He did not
think what his friend would do.

John did not know how to climb a tree. He had no way of escape. He was helpless. But soon he took a
plan. He fell flat on the ground like a dead man.

The bear came up to John. It smelt his nose, ears and eyes. It took him to be dead and went away. Then
Tom came down from the tree. He said to John, “What did the bear whisper in your ear?”

John said, “The bear told me not to trust a friend who leaves his friend in danger.”

Lesson: An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; as a wild beast can harm your
body, but an evil friend can wound your soul.

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Kawan Sejati

Tom dan John adalah teman baik. Suatu hari mereka melewati hutan lebat. John berkata, “Sobat, saya
khawatir ada binatang buas di hutan ini. Apa yang akan kita lakukan jika binatang buas menyerang kita?

“Jangan takut, John,” kata Tom, “aku akan berdiri di sisimu jika ada bahaya. Kita akan berjuang bersama
dan menyelamatkan diri kita sendiri. ”Demikianlah pembicaraan mereka melanjutkan perjalanan
mereka.

Tapi tiba-tiba mereka bertemu beruang di hutan dan ia datang ke arah mereka. Tom segera memanjat
pohon terdekat untuk melarikan diri. Dia tidak memikirkan apa yang akan dilakukan temannya.

John tidak tahu bagaimana memanjat pohon. Dia tidak punya cara untuk melarikan diri. Dia tidak
berdaya. Namun dia mengambil rencana lain. Dia pura pura jatuh di tanah seperti orang mati.

Beruang itu menghampiri John. Kemudian beruang itu mencium hidung, telinga, dan mata John. Dia
mengira John sudah mati dan kemudian beranjak pergi.

Lalu Tom turun dari pohon. Dia berkata kepada John, “Apa yang dibisikkan beruang itu di telingamu?”

John berkata, “Beruang itu memberitahuku untuk tidak mempercayai seorang teman yang
meninggalkan temannya dalam bahaya.”

Moral: Teman yang tidak tulus dan jahat lebih ditakuti daripada binatang buas; binatang buas memang
dapat membahayakan tubuh kita, teman jahat dapat melukai jiwa Kita.