The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
45Exile and imprisonment are decreed for the thief, and, on the third offense, place ye a mark upon his brow so that, thus identified, he may not be accepted in the cities of God and His countries. Beware lest, through compassion, ye neglect to carry out the statutes of the religion of God; do that which hath been bidden you by Him Who is compassionate and merciful. We school you with the rod of wisdom and laws, like unto the father who educateth his son, and this for naught but the protection of your own selves and the elevation of your stations. By My life, were ye to discover what We have desired for you in revealing Our holy laws, ye would offer up your very souls for this sacred, this mighty, and most exalted Faith.
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Cross-References
Education of humanity through Divine Revelation,   Q106
Thief
exile, punishment,   15, Q49, n70
imprisonment,   n70
mark on brow,   n71
Law(s) of Bahá’u’lláh
as protection,   K123-K124-K125, K155
negligence warned against,   K17, K30, K106, K134, K138, K171, Q105, 159
observance of laws of God,   K1-K2, K17, K62, K71, K97, K134, K138, K147, K171
purpose(s) protection and elevation of human station,   K97, K123-K124-K125, K155, Q105
Study Guide
What is decreed for the thief?
What would we do if we were to discover what Bahá’u’lláh desired for us in revealing the holy laws?
(See Note 70)
What will be supplemented and applied by the Universal House of Justice?
(See Note 71)
What is the purpose of the mark on the forehead?