However, he means not so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.…
Pyrrhus, King of Epirus, having enlarged his dominions by the conquest of Macedonia, was bent upon subduing Italy, and adding it to his empire. Asking the advice of his counsellor Cineas, he inquired of the prince what he meant to do after he conquered Italy? "Next," said he, "I mean to invade Sicily, which is a rich and powerful country and not far off." "When you have got Sicily," said Cineas, "what then?" "Africa," replied the king, "containing many fine kingdoms, is at no great distance, and through my renown and the valour of my troops, I may subdue them." "Be it so," said the counsellor, "when you have vanquished the kingdoms of Africa, what will you do then!" Pyrrhus answered, "Then you and I will be merry to make you and me merry: had you all the world you could not be more merry, nor have better cheer."
Parallel VersesKJV: Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.