The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
149Recite ye the verses of God every morn and eventide. Whoso faileth to recite them hath not been faithful to the Covenant of God and His Testament, and whoso turneth away from these holy verses in this Day is of those who throughout eternity have turned away from God. Fear ye God, O My servants, one and all. Pride not yourselves on much reading of the verses or on a multitude of pious acts by night and day; for were a man to read a single verse with joy and radiance it would be better for him than to read with lassitude all the Holy Books of God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. Read ye the sacred verses in such measure that ye be not overcome by languor and despondency. Lay not upon your souls that which will weary them and weigh them down, but rather what will lighten and uplift them, so that they may soar on the wings of the Divine verses towards the Dawning-place of His manifest signs; this will draw you nearer to God, did ye but comprehend.
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Cross-References
Covenant of God,   K2
Effect of Holy Verses,   K116, K148
Holy books of previous Dispensations,   8-9, 14, K17, K19, K163, n129, n155
Holy Books,   K168, Q106, n155
Injunction to recite Word of God,   Q68
Radiance, attitude enjoined when reading Writings,   Q68, n165
Recitation of verses,   Q68, n165
Study of teachings,   K182, 159
Uplifment of soul,   K51, K161, K163, n79
Study Guide
What if we fail to recite the verses of God every morn and eventide?
Who are those who “throughout eternity have turned away from God”?
Complete this quotation:
Pride not yourselves . . . ”
How do we read the sacred verses?
What should we not lay on our souls?
What will draw us nearer to God?
(See Note 165)
What is the essential requisite for reciting the verses of God?
Whose Writings does the term “verses of God” refer to?