I think, in the context of The Book, a “King” is someone who has fully attained to their True Will:
“Compassion is the vice of kings” — in a King, this would be a vice, for a king is living life in a large and joyous manner, being bold, forceful and resolute in everything he or she does. There is no room for compassion in such a person.
Compassion also implies taking the other person’s viewpoint and abandoning your own; thus compassion could mean subjugating your Will to identify with someone else’s.
“Think not, o king, upon that lie : That Thou Must Die : verily thou shalt not die, but live! Now let it be understood : If the body of the King dissolve, he shall remain in pure ecstasy for ever” — a King does not know death as an ordinary human would. To a king, death is but a chance to reunite with the body of stars that is the goddess Nuit.
“Beware lest any force another, King against King. Love one another with burning hearts; on the low men trample in the fierce lust of your pride in the day of your wrath. Ye are against the people, O my chosen!” This verse seems to conflict with a later verse. I can only surmise than in the early days of the Æon of Horus that those who have attained their Will and who accept The Book in its fullness must stick together, and not be at war with each other; for there is much to do. People must at least have the chance to be brought to the light of Nuit. It is imperative that we stick together in these difficult transitional times.
We will trample the “low men”, that is, we will not suffer abuse from the common herd animal. The day of our wrath shows us rising against those who would be slaves to out-dated Osirian thinking, and slaves to the rules of Society. We are against these people for they represent the Status Quo, business as usual.
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