Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
The utter starving of the soul, if we could see it as we see other things, would strike us as one of the saddest of things. When the shepherd, over in New York, had a house for the reception of orphan children, and on inspection it was found that the soup was very thin, that there was but little of it, that the food was most stingily dealt out, and that these children were gradually coming to be skin and bones by starvation charity, the whole city flamed with indignation. They threw open the door of the cell, and seized him by the throat, and pitched him in ignominiously. But look into your own soul and see how the things that are nearest to God are shut up in you. While your awakened appetites and passions are fully clothed, and are walking up and down the palace of your soul, having their own way, I hear a faint cry in some remote chamber thereof. It is conscience moaning and pleading for food; and. I hear the thundering rap of passions on the door as they say, "Hush! Be still! Are you never going to sleep? Will you never die?" In another quarter I hear the soul crying for food. "What ails you?" is the response; and a bone is thrown in for it to gnaw on.
Parallel VersesKJV: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.