Let the restless, the godless, depart and flee from Thee; yet Thou seest them, and dividest the darkness. And behold, the
universe with them is fair, though they are foul. And how have they injured Thee? or how have they disgraced Thy government,
which, from the heaven to this lowest earth, is just and perfect? For whither fled they, when they fled from Thy presence?
or where dost not Thou find them? But they fled, that they might not see Thee seeing them, and, blinded, might stumble
against Thee (because Thou forsakest nothing Thou hast made); that the unjust, I say, might stumble upon Thee, and justly
be hurt; withdrawing themselves from thy gentleness, and stumbling at Thy uprightness, and falling upon their own ruggedness.
Ignorant, in truth, that Thou art every where, Whom no place encompasseth! and Thou alone art near, even to those that remove
far from Thee. Let them then be turned, and seek Thee; because not as they have forsaken their Creator, hast Thou forsaken
Thy creation. Let them be turned and seek Thee; and behold, Thou art there in their heart, in the heart of those that
confess to Thee, and cast themselves upon Thee, and weep in Thy bosom, after all their rugged ways. Then dost Thou gently
wipe away their tears, and they weep the more, and joy in weeping; even for that Thou, Lord,—not man of flesh and blood, but—Thou,
Lord, who madest them, re-makest and comfortest them. But where was I, when I was seeking Thee? And Thou wert before me, but
had gone away from Thee; nor did I find myself, how much less Thee!