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Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:


A poor man had fallen sick, so he prayed to the gods and vowed 'If I recover my health, I will sacrifice a hundred oxen in your honour.' The gods wanted to test whether the man was telling the truth, so they granted his prayer and the man recovered from his sickness. When the man was well again, he did not have any oxen that he could sacrifice, so he made a hundred oxen out of dough and burned them on the altar, saying, 'O supernatural beings, behold, I have fulfilled my vow.' The gods wanted to pay him back for having tricked them, so they stood at the head of his bed in a dream and said, 'Go to the beach, in such-and-such a place, and you will find there a hundred talents of gold.' The man woke up, filled with joy, and went running down to the designated place to look for the gold. When he got there, he fell into the hands of pirates and was taken captive. The man pleaded with the pirates and said, 'Just let me go and I will give you a thousand talents of gold!'
The story shows that the gods hate liars.

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.

Perry 28: Gibbs (Oxford) 477 [English]
Perry 28: L'Estrange 111 [English]
Perry 28: Chambry 55 [Greek]

You can find a compilation of Perry's index to the Aesopica in the gigantic appendix to his edition of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1965). This book is an absolute must for anyone interested in the Aesopic fable tradition. Invaluable.