Plutarch Marcus Antonius:
XXIV.But when he was once come into Asia, having left Lucius Censorinus governor in Greece, and that he had felt 1 the riches and pleasures of the east parts, and that princes, great lords, and kings, came to wait at his gate for his coming out: and that queens and princesses, to excel one another, gave him very rich presents, and came to see him, curiously setting forth themselves, and using all art that might be to shew their beauty, to win his favour the more (Caesar in the mean space turmoiling 2 his wits and body in civil Wars at home, Antonius living merrily and quietly abroad), he easily fell again to his old licentious life. For straight, one Anaxenor, a player of the cithern 3 , Xoutus, a player of the flute, Metrodorus a tumbler, and such a rabble of minstrels and fit ministers for the pleasures of Asia (who in fineness and flattery passed all the
other plagues he brought with him out of Italy), all these flocked in his court, and bare the whole sway: and after that all went awry. For every one gave themselves to riot and excess, when they saw he delighted in it: and all Asia was like to the city Sophocles speaketh of in one of his tragedies:
The plagues of Italy, in riot.For in the city of Ephesus, women, attired as they go in the feasts and sacrifice of Bacchus, came out to meet him with such solemnities and ceremonies as are then used: with men and children disguised like fauns and satyrs. Moreover, the city was full of ivy, and darts wreathed about with ivy, psalterions 4 , flutes, and howboyes 5 ; and in their songs they called him Bacchus, father of mirth, courteous and gentle: and so was he unto some, but to the Was full of sweet perfumes and pleasant songs,
With woeful weeping mingled there-amongs.
most part of men cruel and extreme. For he robbed noblemen and gentlemen of their goods, to give it unto vile flatterers: who oftentimes begged living men's goods, as though they had been dead, and would enter their houses by force. As he gave a citizen's house of Magnesia unto a cook, because (as it is reported) he dressed him a fine supper. In the end he doubled the taxation, and imposed a second upon Asia. But then
Antonius' cruelty in Asia.
Hybraeas the orator, sent from the estates of Asia, to tell him the state of their country, boldly said unto him: "If thou
Hybraeas' words unto Antonius touching their great payments of money unto him. [p. 173]wilt have power to lay two tributes in one year upon us, thou shouldest also have power to give us two summers, two autumns, and two harvests." This was gallantly and pleasantly spoken unto Antonius by the orator, and it pleased him well to hear it: but afterwards, amplifying his speech, he spake more boldly, and to better purpose: "Asia hath paid thee two hundred thousand talents. If all this money be not come to thy coffers, then ask account of them that levied it: but if thou have received it, and nothing be left of it, then are we utterly undone." Hybraeas' words nettled Antonius roundly 6 . For he understood not of the thefts and robberies his officers committed by his authority, in his treasure and affairs: not so much because he was careless as for that he over simply trusted his men in all things.
For he was a plain man, without subtilty, and therefore over late found out the foul faults they committed against him: but when he heard of them, he was much offended, and would plainly confess it unto them whom his officers had done injury unto by countenance of his authority. He had a noble mind, as well to punish offenders as to reward well-doers: and yet he did exceed more in giving than in punishing.
Now for 7 his outrageous manner of railing he commonly used, mocking and flouting 8 of every man, that was remedied by itself; for a man might as boldly ex change a mock with him, and he was as well contented to be mocked as to mock others: but yet it oftentimes marred all For he thought that those which told him so plainly and truly in mirth, would never flatter him in good earnest in any matters of weight. But thus he was easily abused 9 by the praises they gave him, not finding how these flatterers mingled their flattery under this familiar and plain manner of speech unto him, as a fine device to make difference of meats with sharp and tart sauce and also to keep him by this frantic 10 jesting and bourding 11 with him at the table, that their common flattery should not be troublesome unto him, as men do easily mislike 12 to have too much of one thing: and that they handled him finely thereby, when they would give him place in any matter of weight and follow his counsel, that it might not appear to him they did it so much to please him, but because they were ignorant, and understood not so much as he did.
Demosthenes 21.But now, I believe, his champions are Polyeuctus and Timocrates and the ragamuffin Euctemon. Such are the mercenaries that he keeps about him; and there are others besides, an organized gang of witnesses, who do not openly force themselves upon you, but readily give a silent nod of assent to his lies. [I do not of course imagine that they make anything out of him, but there are some people, men of Athens, who are strangely prone to abase themselves towards the wealthy, to attend upon them, and to give witness in their favour.]
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11 joking.12 dislike
THAT IS THE PROPHECY OF GOD WARNING ABOUT THE KINGS BUT THEY ALSO ROBBED THE POOR TO GIVE TO THEIR MINISTRY TEAM.Ps 150:3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp
"The name of psaltery entered Christian literature in the 3rd century B.C. translation of the Old Testament called the Septuagint where, in the Psalms, nebel was translated psalterion. Thus, Nebuchadnezzar's idolatrous ensemble included the Aramic psantria. Notice, also, that the book of Psalms has also become known as the Psalter (or psalterium), from the hymns sung with this harp.
NEBUCHADNEZZAR the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits (60), and the breadth thereof six (6) cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura (circle), in the province of Babylon. Dan 3:1
That at what time ye hear the sound of the (1) cornet, (2) flute, (3) harp, (4) sackbut, (5) psaltery, (6) dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: Dan 3:5
The PRESERVED or predestinated out of Israel was a tiny remnant who had NOT bowed to Baal which could happen in Jerusalem.The Psaltery and Nebel or harp have the same evil ROOTS:
Nebel (h5035) neh'-bel; or nebel nay'-bel; from 5034; a skin- bag for liquids (from collapsing when empty); hence a vase (as similar in shape when full); also a lyre (as having a body of like form): - bottle, pitcher, psaltery, vessel, viol
Nabel (h5034) naw-bale'; a prim. root; to wilt; gen. to fall away, fail, faint; fig. to be foolish or (mor.) wicked; causat. to despise, disgrace: - disgrace, dishonour, lightly esteem, fade (away, - ing), fall (down, -ling, off), do foolishly, come to nought, * surely, make vile, wither..
Nabal (h5036) naw-bawl'; from 5034; stupid; wicked (espec. impious): - fool (-ish, -ish man, -ish woman), vile person.Because the "god" of the Jews WAS Dionysus or Bacchus imposed because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai, you should know that PSALLO is never translated in the Greek world as melody.
Melp˘, Sing or celebrate a song and dance Melos 2.music to which a song is set, tune 3. melody of an instrument, Mouso-polos, on, A.serving the Muses, poetic II. Subst., bard, minstrel, AS THE: Aoidos A.singer, minstrel, bard, 3.enchanter, Eunouchos Eunouchos A. castrated person, eunuch, employed to take charge of the women Gallos, ho, A. priest of Cybele, Used with: Pemp˘ , 2. pompŕn p. conduct, or take part in, a procession, chorous move in dancing procession, phallos Dionus˘i pempomenos carried in procession in his honour.
Hos. 9:11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.
Hos. 9:12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!