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1.4 Appreciation of Scholarship
From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
15: “Respect ye the divines and learned amongst you, they whose conduct accords…”
Respect ye the divines and learned amongst you, they whose conduct accords with their professions, who transgress not the bounds which God hath fixed, whose judgments are in conformity with His behests as revealed in His Book. Know ye that they are the lamps of guidance unto them that are in the heavens and on the earth. They who disregard and neglect the divines and learned that 6 live amongst them—these have truly changed the favour with which God hath favoured them.
(“Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh” (Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1983), section LXVI)