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Rabbinic Judaism

A king has two servants, one who fears and loves the king, and one who only fears him. The king goes away and apparently leaves his palace and estate to these two servants to deal with. The one who only fears the king does nothing, and the gardens and grounds become waste and desolate; the one who loves the king plants trees and flowers and fruit. Then the king returns, he is pleased with the one servant and angry with the other. [Yal. Deut. 837]

[Lachs, Rabbinic Commentary on the New Testament, 341]