66:021:010 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 66:021:011 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 66:021:012 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 66:021:013 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
No golden light had ever been so precious as the gloom of this dark forest.
CHAPTER LIII That the Grace of God doth not join itself to those who mind earthly things "My Son, precious is My grace, it suffereth not itself to be joined with outward things, nor with earthly consolations.
Precious arethe dead that lie there, every stone over them speaks of suchburning life in the past, of such passionate faith in their work,their truth, their struggle and their science, that I know I shallfall on the ground and kiss those stones and weep over them; thoughI’m convinced in my heart that it’s long been nothing but a graveyard.
15:008:024 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them, 15:008:025 And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, even the offering of the house of our God, which the king, and his counsellors, and his lords, and all Israel there present, had offered: 15:008:026 I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, and of gold an hundred talents; 15:008:027 Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold.
It cost her a pang even to think of giving up the little treasures which in her eyes were as precious as the old lady's jewels.
It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold--yea, than even fine gold.
Bareacres Castle was theirs, too, with all its costly pictures, furniture, and articles of vertu--the magnificent Vandykes; the noble Reynolds pictures; the Lawrence portraits, tawdry and beautiful, and, thirty years ago, deemed as precious as works of real genius; the matchless Dancing Nymph of Canova, for which Lady Bareacres had sat in her youth--Lady Bareacres splendid then, and radiant in wealth, rank, and beauty--a toothless, bald, old woman now--a mere rag of a former robe of state.
Remember there is no jewel in the world so precious as a chaste and virtuous woman, and that the whole honour of women consists in reputation; and since thy wife's is of that high excellence that thou knowest, wherefore shouldst thou seek to call that truth in question?