“A driver's wagon wheel falls off and the driver lazily prays for Hercules to fix it for him. Hercules eventually saunters by on his own and asks why the driver'd made no attempt to start the fix himself, leading to his uttering of the famous moral: "The gods help those who help themselves."
Aesop’s Fables backwritten into the Bible
The popular saying, "God helps those who help themselves," is paraphrased from an Aesop's fable NOT found in biblical writings.
Although often attributed to famous biblical sayings, it’s actually a saying that Aesop himself collected from popular lore, much as did our celebrated Mother Goose or the Brothers Grimm.
The famous axiom is actually from Aesop's famous story where—
It’s important to remember that scribes of middle-ages England—where our bibles were compiled—were uneducated either in Hebraic doctrine or much classical knowledge at all (frankly they were lazy bumpkins), and that they rewrote the King James bible from already faulty translations and wild assumptions -- one of which resulted in this faulty attribution.
Many other popular sayings of Aesop were put into the Son-of-God's mouth by zealous revisionists who, in also not knowing their history, assumed he'd either said them, or would have if he'd thought of it.
So also glaringly wrong is the famous Aesopism in which the Jesus character warns that one does not throw pearls beneath swine. The dubiousness of that verse is that: 1, it was written by Aesop long after the Son-of-God walked the earth, and 2, since pearls are produced by non-kosher shellfish, they would not have been valued by the Hebrews of the day, which negates other bible sayings about pearls.
The very Hebrew Son-of-God would not have used the saying to his people because he kept to the Mosaic Law until resurrecting to become that law.
And just to set things straight, etymology of the word swine originally signified all barnyard creatures, in contrast to today where the word indicates pigs only. So the passage has little to do with the pigpen as assumed.
Plus, as we now know that the "cast-the-first-stone" tale was spun by fanatic scriveners of the middle-ages, it’s doubly obvious that all Aesopisms are also additions -- and since scribes of the middle-ages wrote stuff for priests to recite to illiterate masses who'd never heard of Aesop, or of any other teachings for that matter, the field was wide open for all types of plagiarizing pontification.
Plus we must be aware that scribes were good little boys who liked being fed and sheltered. And pleasing their masters. So no, don't buy into it.