The Instruction of Plahhotep
The following is simply some excerpts from the instructions of the vizier Plahhotep that show political or religious influence.
|If you become a leader, be pleased when you hear the speech of a petitioner.|
|Do not rebuff him before his belly is cleansed of what he planned to say to you.|
|A victim of wrong desires venting his feelings more than accomplishing what he came for.|
|As for one who lets petitions be rebuffed (without a fair hearing), one will say: "Why is it rejected?"|
|Never will all that is petitioned for come to pass,|
|(but) a good hearing is a soothing of the heart.|
|May this servant be commanded to make a 'Staff of old age' (mjw:
That I may say to him the words of the judges,
the counsel of those from ancient times, heard from the gods.
|That the like may be done for you: May troubles be removed from the People,|
|and the Two Shores serve you.|
|Thus says the majesty of this god:|
|Teach him what was uttered formerly,|
|Then he can set a good example for the Children of the Nobles.|