The Highest Government
Esther 10:1-3
And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute on the land, and on the isles of the sea.…

Above all, it is ever to be kept in mind that not by material but by moral power are men and their actions governed. How noiseless is thought! No rolling of drums, no tramp of squadrons, or immeasurable tumult of baggage-waggons, attend its movements. In what obscure and sequestered places may the head be meditating which is one day to be crowned with more than imperial authority t for kings and emperors will be among its ministering servants; it will rule, not over, but in, all heads, and with these its solitary combinations of ideas, as with magic formulas, bend the world to its will. The time may come when Napoleon himself will be better known for his laws than for his battles; and the victory of Waterloo prove less momentous than the opening of the first Mechanics' Institute.

(Thomas Carlyle.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea.

WEB: King Ahasuerus laid a tribute on the land, and on the islands of the sea.

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