Once there were two brothers. The older brother was wise, and he always excelled at everything he did. The townspeople resented him, and so he was banished. He went to live in the great city, and he once again prospered. But then evil men, jealous of the fact that he, a mere villager, did better than they, brutally murdered his family. They were brought to justice, and the council persuaded the rich man who owned the brother’s old home in his village to give it back to him, to make up for the harm that had been done to him.
It turned out that the younger brother, who was living in the house, did not want to remain in it if it meant sharing it with his brother, so he moved into the smaller house next door, which belonged to their neighbor. The older brother’s neighbors disliked him, and feuded with him, and attacked his house. In return, he took their houses from them and cast them out. The rich men from the city agreed that he had the right to do so.
Eventually, his neighbors made peace with him, and he returned their houses, except for the little house next door where his brother lived. As the older brother’s family grew, he began to think that he would need the little house for his sons, so he sent his oldest son to live there. This so enraged the younger brother than he sent his own son to burn down the older brother’s house. But the older brother put out the flames, killed his nephew, and sent another of his sons to live in the house next door.
The younger brother and one of their neighbors went to the city and complained to the council that the older brother was mistreating the younger brother and sending his sons to live in the little house. The city council declared that the older brother had no right to send his sons to live in the little house. The rich man who had always sided with the older brother said nothing. When the older brother heard this, he sent more of his sons to live in the little house.
Let he who has ears hear.