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2. Let the restless and the unrighteous depart, and flee away from thee. Even
so, thou seest them and thy eye pierces through the shadows in which they run.
For lo, they live in a world of beauty and yet are themselves most foul. And
how have they harmed thee? Or in what way have they discredited thy power, which
is just and perfect in its rule even to the last item in creation? Indeed, where
would they fly when they fled from thy presence? Wouldst thou be unable to find
them? But they fled that they might not see thee, who sawest them; that they
might be blinded and stumble into thee. But thou forsakest nothing that thou
hast made. The unrighteous stumble against thee that they may be justly plagued,
fleeing from thy gentleness and colliding with thy justice, and falling on their
own rough paths. For in truth they do not know that thou art everywhere; that
no place contains thee, and that only thou art near even to those who go farthest
from thee. Let them, therefore, turn back and seek thee, because even if they
have abandoned thee, their Creator, thou hast not abandoned thy creatures. Let
them turn back and seek thee--and lo, thou art there in their hearts, there
in the hearts of those who confess to thee. Let them cast themselves upon thee,
and weep on thy bosom, after all their weary wanderings; and thou wilt gently
wipe away their tears. And they weep the more and rejoice
in their weeping, since thou, O Lord, art not a man of flesh and blood. Thou
art the Lord, who canst remake what thou didst make and canst comfort them.
And where was I when I was seeking thee? There thou wast, before me; but I had
gone away, even from myself, and I could not find myself, much less thee.