When one rules over men in righteousness,
when he rules in the fear of God,
he is like the light of morning at sunrise
on a cloudless morning,
like the brightness after rain
that brings the grass from the earth. – 2 Samuel 23:3-4 (NIV)

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I must confess my admiration for a king who was, among other things, a poet and who filled his court with poets. How many of the words attributed to him were instead from the people of his court, who shared in his glory?

How I long for rulers who can look back on their lives and service, as David was doing, and see the fruits of peace rather than war.

David, of course, knew both.

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Yet may we say, since we have felt the Beginnings of this Work in our Hearts, we have been made as Signs and Wonders in the Earth. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

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