I stumbled across this line in my audiobook and I can’t stop thinking about it; There is something about listening to these words in audio that makes them more haunting – like someone whispered them to me yet my ears can’t stop ringing thinking of it:
“Forgive me not according to my unworthiness, but according to Thy loving kindness.”
– Anna Karenina
Come to find, it is a paraphrase of Psalm 51 (“the Bathsheba psalm”):
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.”
– Psalms 51:1-4 ESV