The Enemies of Louis Xii. of France
Matthew 5:43
You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.

There is a story told of Louis XII. of France. He had many enemies; and when he succeeded to the throne, he caused a list of these to be drawn up, and marked against each of their names a large black cross. When this became known, the enemies of the king fled, because they thought it was a sign that he intended to punish them. The king, hearing of their alarm, recalled them, and gave them an assurance of his good will, saying that he had placed a cross beside their names to remind him of the Cross that brings pardon to all; and he urged them, by his own example, and especially by the example of Him who prayed for His enemies, to go and do likewise.

Parallel Verses
KJV: Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

WEB: "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.'

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