And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it...Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." And Shaphan read it before the king. And when the king heard the words of the book of the law, he rent his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest,..."Go, inquire of the LORD for me...for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us." (2 Kings 22: 8-13)
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
"It is a great thing when Christ, hidden in souls--and perhaps forced by the world to keep in hiding--manifests Himself unexpectedly by an unplanned expression of His presence.Then souls light up on all sides with recognition of Him and discover Him in themselves when they did not even imagine He could be anywhere."--Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
"If they sin against thee--for there is no man who does not sin--and thou art angry with them, and dost give them to an enemy....If they lay it to heart and repent, and make supplication to thee...then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause and forgive thy people who have sinned against thee."--1 Kings 8:46-50.
"Now, beneath the blows of the warm rays, that which lies under the snow remains bare, both of the former color and the cold; so will I thee inform, with light so living, that it shall tremble in its aspect to thee."--Dante, Paradiso, Canto II, Charles Eliot Norton translation,