6 So then, you kings, you rulers the world over, listen to what I say, and learn from it.2 You govern many lands and are proud that so many people are under your rule,3 but this authority has been given to you by the Lord Most High. He will examine what you have done and what you plan to do.4 You rule on behalf of God and his kingdom, and if you do not govern justly, if you do not uphold the law, if you do not live according to God's will,5 you will suffer sudden and terrible punishment. Judgment is especially severe on those in power.6 Common people may be mercifully forgiven for their wrongs, but those in power will face a severe judgment.7 The Lord of all is not afraid of anyone, no matter how great they are. He himself made everyone, great and common alike, and he provides for all equally,8 but he will judge the conduct of rulers more strictly.9 It is for you, mighty kings, that I write these words, so that you may know how to act wisely and avoid mistakes.10 These are holy matters, and if you treat them in a holy manner, you yourselves will be considered holy. If you have learned this lesson, you will be able to defend yourselves at the Judgment.11 So then, make my teaching your treasure and joy, and you will be well instructed.
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