“If good has a cause, it is no longer the good;
if it has a consequence – a reward – it is also not the good.
Therefore the good is outside the chain of causes and effects.
And it is precisely this that I know, and that we all know.”
Liev Tolstoi, Anna Karenina, 1877
“The kings of earth set themselves up
and rulers conspire together against Adonai
and against His Anointed One.”
Psalm 2:2 (Tree of Life Version)