|The principles of punishment are
tersely put in the following verses. No wiser or juster principles can be laid down for
the administration of justice.
The king shall impartially enquire and
award punishment, which should be deterrent but not disproportionate to the offence. Let
there be a severe gesture, but let the blow fall lightly. Thus shall the king maintain the
prosperity of the State.
The king who oppresses and rules by
frightfulness will find a speedy and certain end.
His days are over and he will soon meet his
destruction, which lets his people have cause to say "Our king is cruel !"