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A farmer had two sons both of whom were not very industrious and avoided work if they could.

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One day the father knew that he was dying and called his two sons to his bed side.

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He wanted his sons to pay as much attention to the cultivation of the farm as he had done many years.

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He told them that there was a hidden treasure in the land and they would have to look for it when he had gone.

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He told them that they would find it in one of his 3 vine yards but he didn't tell them which one it was.

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The sons assured their father that they would work hard to seek out the treasure.

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As soon as their father had died and been buried, the sons took out all their farming tools and started to dig the land.

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They worked really hard and dug every single square metre of their father's land.

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However long they dug and however hard they worked, they failed to find the smallest bit of treasure.

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Clearly their father had been a wise man because all the work the sons had done on the land ensured that they had the best crop for years.

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