Luther Quote of the Day

2. I will speak hidden things, riddles, sayings, etc., that is: “I will speak those things which from the beginning of the world were hidden.” Col. 1:25–27: “To make the Word of God fully known, the mystery hidden from ages and generations, but now made manifest to His saints. To them God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles.” The same thought is in Eph. 3:8–9: “To me, the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, [to preach] among the Gentiles [the unsearchable riches of Christ and] to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages.” Hence it follows that evangelical grace and righteousness of faith always existed but were not revealed. They were put into riddles and sayings. So Jer. 23:20 says: “In the latter days you will understand His counsel.” This is what God planned to do, as He says through Jeremiah (Jer. 29:11): “I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction.” And that he is speaking in the preceding psalm about these counsels and thoughts set forth in His work is witnessed to by the Hebrew, which has: “I was mindful of the thoughts of the Lord” (Ps. 77:11).But because our versionalways approaches the spirit more, it says, “I was mindful of the works of the Lord,” for it wants us to speak of spiritual works, so that it might agree with the Hebrew, which expresses this as something to be done, while the other relates what has been done. Thus Ps. 40:5 says: “In Thy thoughts there is none who is like Thee,” that is, “in the works of redemption.” Is. 64:4: “No eye has seen, etc.”

Psalm 76

Luther’s works, vol. 11: First Lectures 2

Psalms 76-126

p 38-39


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