Thursday, November 04, 2010

Envoy Clinton in Wellington

At that time the young king of Babylon sent and envoy to King Hesitant letters and an agreement. Hesitant received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil—his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that King Hesitant did not show them.

Then the prophet went to King Hesitant and asked, “What did those people say, and where did they come from?”

“From a distant land,” Hesitant replied. “They came to me from the Great Babylon.”

The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?”

“They saw everything in my palace,” Hesitant said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”

Then the prophet said to Hesitant, “Hear this word: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon the Great. Nothing will be left. And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of the North.”

“The word you have spoken is good,” King Hesitant replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime,” and being a good politician that is what he loves.

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