And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute on the land, and on the isles of the sea.…
: —The Chinese have a political saying which is worthy the reading even of English statesmen. It is as follows: When is the empire well governed, and affairs go as they should go? When swords are rusty, and spades are bright; when prisons are empty, and grain-bins filled; when the law courts are lonely and o'ergrown with grass; when doctors walk and bakers ride: it is then that things go as they ought, and the State is well ruled.
Parallel VersesKJV: And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea.