When finally the youngest son took his share of two camels, the old wise man asked the three of them at the same time. “Now that you all resolve this problem without dishonoring the will of your late father, I will ask you a favor. One camel was left behind, I am old and weak, may I take the last camel that happens to be the one I gifted you. The three sons agreed gladly and gave the wise man his camel.
The Wise Man took his camel, having successfully divided the seventeen camels amongst the three sons as per the share decreed in their father’s will, diverting what could have been a pit of karmic resentment among the brothers.