1 ESDRAS 3,4 CHAPTER 4
Then the second, that has spoken of the strength of the king, began to say, O ye men, do not men excel in strength, that bear rule over sea and land, and all things in them? But yet the king is more mighty: for he is lord over all these things, and have dominion over them; and whatsoever he commanded them they do. If he bid them make war the one against the other, they do it: if he send them out against the enemies, they go, and break down mountains, walls, and towers. They slay and are slain, and transgress not the king’s commandment: if they get the victory, they bring all to the king, as well as the spoil, as all things else. Likewise for those that are no soldiers, and have not to do with wars, but use husbandry, when they have reaped again that which they had down, they bring it to the king, and compel one another to pay tribute unto the king. And yet he is but one man: if he command to kill, they kill; if he command to spare, they spare; If he command to smite, they smite; if he command to make desolate, they make desolate; if he command to build, they build; If he command to cut down, they cut down; if he command to plant, they plant. So all his people and his armies obey him: furthermore he lies down, he eating and drinking, and take his rest: And these keep (watch) round about him, neither may any one depart, and do his own business, they neither disobey him in anything. O you men, how should not the king be mightiest, when in such sort he is a obeyed? And he held his tongue. Then the third, who had spoken of women, and of the truth,(this was Zorobabel) began to speak. O ye men, it is not the great king, nor the multitude of men, neither is it wine, that excelled, is who is it then that rules them, or have lordship over them, are they not women? Women have borne the king and all the people that rule by sea and land. Even they came of them: and they nourished them up that planted the vineyards, from where the wine come from. They also make garments for men, these bring glory unto men, and without women can not be men. Yes, and if men have gathered together gold and silver, or any other Godly thing, do they not love a woman which is common in favor and beauty? And letting all those things go, do they not gape, and even with open mouth fix their eyes fast on her; and have not all men more desire to her then silver or gold, or any Godly thing whatsoever? A man leaves his own father that brought him up, and his own country, and cleave unto his wife. He think to spend his whole life with his wife, and remember neither father, nor mother, nor country. By this you must know that women have dominion over you: do you not labor and toil, and give and bring all to the women? Yes, a man taking his sword, and go his way to rob and to steal, to sail upon the sea and the rivers; And looking upon a lion, and goes in the darkness; and when he has stolen, spoiled, and robbed, he brings it to his love. Wherefore a man love his wife better than father or mother. Yes, many have there been that have run out of their wits for women, and become servants for their sakes. Many also have perished, have erred, and sinned, for women. And now do you not believe me? is not the king great in his power?do not all regions fear to touch him? Yet did I see him and Apame the Kings concubine, the daughter of the admirable Bartacus, sitting at the right hand of the king, And taking the crown from the kings head, and setting it upon her own head she also struck the king with her left hand; and yet for all this the king gaped and gazed upon her with open mouth: if she laughed upon him, he laughed also: but if she took any displeasure in him, the King was fain to flatter, that she might be reconciled to him again. O ye men, are not women strong, seeing they do this.