Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh
CXVIII: Lay not aside the fear of God, O kings of...
Lay not aside the fear of God, O kings of the earth, and beware that ye transgress not the
bounds which the Almighty hath fixed. Observe the
injunctions laid upon you in His Book, and take good
heed not to overstep their limits. Be vigilant, that ye
may not do injustice to anyone, be it to the extent
of a grain of mustard seed. Tread ye the path of justice,
for this, verily, is the straight path.
Compose your differences, and reduce your armaments,
that the burden of your expenditures may be
lightened, and that your minds and hearts may be
tranquillized. Heal the dissensions that divide you,
and ye will no longer be in need of any armaments
except what the protection of your cities and territories
demandeth. Fear ye God, and take heed not to
outstrip the bounds of moderation, and be numbered
among the extravagant.
We have learned that you are increasing your outlay
every year, and are laying the burden thereof on
your subjects. This, verily, is more than they can bear,
and is a grievous injustice. Decide justly between
men, and be ye the emblems of justice amongst them.
This, if ye judge fairly, is the thing that behoveth
you, and beseemeth your station.
Beware not to deal unjustly with any one that appealeth
to you, and entereth beneath your shadow.
Walk ye in the fear of God, and be ye of them that
lead a godly life. Rest not on your power, your
armies, and treasures. Put your whole trust and confidence
in God, Who hath created you, and seek ye
His help in all your affairs. Succor cometh from Him
alone. He succoreth whom He will with the hosts of
the heavens and of the earth.
Know ye that the poor are the trust of God in
your midst. Watch that ye betray not His trust, that
ye deal not unjustly with them and that ye walk not
in the ways of the treacherous. Ye will most certainly
be called upon to answer for His trust on the day
when the Balance of Justice shall be set, the day when
unto every one shall be rendered his due, when the
doings of all men, be they rich or poor, shall be
If ye pay no heed unto the counsels which, in
peerless and unequivocal language, We have revealed
in this Tablet, Divine chastisement shall assail you
from every direction, and the sentence of His justice
shall be pronounced against you. On that day ye shall
have no power to resist Him, and shall recognize your
own impotence. Have mercy on yourselves and on
those beneath you. Judge ye between them according
to the precepts prescribed by God in His most
holy and exalted Tablet, a Tablet wherein He hath
assigned to each and every thing its settled measure,
in which He hath given, with distinctness, an explanation
of all things, and which is in itself a monition
unto them that believe in Him.
Examine Our Cause, inquire into the things that
have befallen Us, and decide justly between Us and
Our enemies, and be ye of them that act equitably
towards their neighbor. If ye stay not the hand of
the oppressor, if ye fail to safeguard the rights of
the down-trodden, what right have ye then to vaunt
yourselves among men? What is it of which ye can
rightly boast? Is it on your food and your drink that
ye pride yourselves, on the riches ye lay up in your
treasuries, on the diversity and the cost of the ornaments
with which ye deck yourselves? If true glory
were to consist in the possession of such perishable
things, then the earth on which ye walk must needs
vaunt itself over you, because it supplieth you, and
bestoweth upon you, these very things, by the decree
of the Almighty. In its bowels are contained, according
to what God hath ordained, all that ye possess.
From it, as a sign of His mercy, ye derive your riches.
Behold then your state, the thing in which ye glory!
Would that ye could perceive it!
Nay! By Him Who holdeth in His grasp the kingdom
of the entire creation! Nowhere doth your true
and abiding glory reside except in your firm adherence
unto the precepts of God, your wholehearted
observance of His laws, your resolution to see that
they do not remain unenforced, and to pursue steadfastly
the right course.