Luther Quote of the Day

6:4. You are beautiful, My love.

Here the Bridegroom offers Himself to the bride and reveals that He is delighted by her faith because it has not been shattered by its trial so that it blasphemed or abandoned God. And certainly this is a great comfort for our conscience, because it establishes with certainty that patience pleases God and that He takes delight in the sacrifice of a contrite, but not of a despairing, heart, so that even though the flesh takes offense and murmurs somewhat, yet the spirit cries out to God and would rather remain in perpetual trial and even perish than withdraw from God into ungodliness. Thus testing produces hope.

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 243-44

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