The expression “God helps those who help themselves” is not a quote of Jesus nor anywhere in the Bible. It’s a very American expression, popularized by Ben Franklin, who might have gotten it from a political philosopher he liked. There’s a similar proverb in Islamic culture. But it also goes way back to Aesop’s fables, which is probably the source of both. “A WAGGONER was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. So the Waggoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong. “O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress,” quoth he. But Hercules appeared to him, and said: “Tut, man, don’t sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel. “The gods help them that help themselves.” Where did Aesop get it from? Well, that’s where the trail goes cold. Maybe the Universe will support you on your quest (if you make use of what you can do yourself). The sentiment continues, modified through the millennia but mostly unchanged.

The expression “God helps those who help themselves” is not a quote of Jesus nor anywhere in the Bible.

It’s a very American expression, popularized by Ben Franklin, who might have gotten it from a political philosopher he liked.

There’s a similar proverb in Islamic culture.

But it also goes way back to Aesop’s fables, which is probably the source of both.

“A WAGGONER was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. So the Waggoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong. “O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress,” quoth he. But Hercules appeared to him, and said:
“Tut, man, don’t sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel.

“The gods help them that help themselves.”

Where did Aesop get it from? Well, that’s where the trail goes cold.

Maybe the Universe will support you on your quest (if you make use of what you can do yourself).

The sentiment continues, modified through the millennia but mostly unchanged.

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