Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image:
Then the herald made a loud proclamation: "To you, O peoples, nations, and language groups, the following command is given:
So they approached the king and said to him, "Did you not issue an edict to the effect that for the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human other than to you, O king, would be thrown into a den of lions?" The king replied, "That is correct, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed."
"When you assist the Hebrew women in childbirth, observe at the delivery: If it is a son, kill him, but if it is a daughter, she may live."
So the royal scribes were summoned in the first month, on the thirteenth day of the month. Everything Haman commanded was written to the king's satraps and governors who were in every province and to the officials of every people, province by province according to its script and people by people according to its language. In the name of King Ahasuerus it was written and sealed with the king's signet ring.
Cruel rulers are not your allies, those who make oppressive laws.
I saw something else on earth: In the place of justice, there was wickedness, and in the place of fairness, there was wickedness.
Those who enact unjust policies are as good as dead, those who are always instituting unfair regulations,
(Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus was should report it, so that they could arrest him.)
He also caused everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead.