And thus, in my folly, afore this time often I wondered why, by the great foreseeing wisdom of God, the beginning of sin was not letted; for then, methought, all should have been well…. But Jesus, who in this Vision informed me of all that is needful to me, answered by this word and said, Sin is behovable, but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

Juliana of Norwich (1342-1417) English mystic
Revelations of Divine Love (c. 1393)

Original Middle English: "Sinne is behovely, but alle shalle be wele, and alle shalle be wele, and alle maner of thinge shalle be wel." "Behovely" or "behovable" means "necessary" (as in the more common "It behooves me to ...")
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 17-May-13
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