Luther Quote of the Day

1:2b For Your breasts are more delightful than wine.

Breasts refer to doctrine, by which souls are fed so that “the man of God may be perfect for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17). He compares doctrine with wine, of which Holy Scripture declares that it makes the heart glad (Ps. 104:15). Wine is thus metaphorically used for all the world’s delights and gratifications.

And this is, so to speak, the voice of an outstanding faith, which declares, “I prefer Your Word to all the pleasures of the world.” For we must refer everything to the Word.

Luther’s works, vol. 15:
Notes on Ecclesiastes, Lectures on the Song of Solomon and Treatise on the Last Words of David

Lectures on
the Song of Solomon

A Brief but Altogether Lucid
Commentary on the Song of Songs
by Dr. Martin Luther

Translated by
Ian Siggins.

p 197

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