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+ 197 The Lord can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases. Mishlei 21:1


+ 268 Remove wicked people from the king’s presence; then his government will be honest and last a long time. Mishlei 25:5


+ 249 My darling, you are like a mare among the king’s stallions.
Song of Solomon 1:9


+ 30 Thus, we see that the main work we must do, to achieve the purpose for which the world was created—to do good to His creations—is to qualify ourselves to acquire vessels of bestowal. This is the correction for making the King’s gift complete, so they will feel no shame upon reception of the pleasures. And all the evil in us removes us from the good that we are destined to receive. We were given the remedy of Torah and Mitzvot so as to achieve those Kelim. This is the meaning of what our sages said (Kidushin, 30), “The Creator says, ‘I have created the evil inclination, I have created for it the spice of Torah,’ by which he will lose all the sparks of self-love within him and will be rewarded with his desire being only to bestow contentment upon his Maker.” Rabash, The Rungs of the Ladder, “What Is the Substance of Slander and Against Whom Is It?”