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USBN #168 March 1944 p1

"In this connection he would like you, in Baha’i News, to call the attention of the friends to the importance of these endowments in the Jordan valley, by quoting Baha’u’llah's own words as found on pages 116 and 117 in the 'Gleanings,' in which He very clearly states His approval of such dedicated lands, anticipates the importance they will acquire in those regions, and associates them with the words in the Old Testament: 'Spread thy skirt, a Jerusalem!'

– January 14, 1944

The passage in Gleanings From the Writings of Baha'u'llah reads as follows:-

"If a man be found willing to rear, in Our name, an edifice of pure gold or silver, or a house begemmed with stones of inestimable value, such a wish will no doubt be granted. He, verily, doeth what He willeth, and ordaineth that which He pleaseth. Leave, hath, moreover, been given to whosoever may desire to raise, throughout the length and breadth of this land, noble and imposing structures, and dedicate the rich and sacred territories adjoining the Jordan and its vicinity to the worship and service. of the one true God, magnified be His glory, that the prophecies recorded by the Pen of the Most High in the sacred Scriptures may be fulfilled, and that which God, the Lord of all worlds, hath purposed in this most exalted, this most holy, this mighty. and wondrous Revelation may be made manifest.

"We have, of old, uttered these words: Spread thy skirt, O Jerusalem! Ponder this in your hearts, O people of Baha, and render thanks unto your Lord, the Expounder, the Most Manifest.

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