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.
Education of humanity through Divine Revelation, Q106
exile, punishment, 15
Law(s) of Bahá’u’lláh
as protection, K123
negligence warned against, K17
observance of laws of God, K1
purpose(s) protection and elevation of human station, K97
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?
What will be supplemented and applied by the Universal House of Justice?
What is the purpose of the mark on the forehead?