Luther pp 173-187 | Cite as

Luther’s Words

  • Gerhard Ebeling
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LUTHER’S WORKS WERE WORTHY OF HIS WORDS. To be concerned with words alone, whether as a teacher or a writer, a lawyer or a preacher, may appear a comfortable activity, while “to ride in armor, to suffer heat, frost, dust, thirst, and other discomforts, would be real work.” “It is true,” says Luther, “it would be difficult for me to ride in armor. All the same, I would like to see the horseman that could sit still for a whole day looking at a book, even if he did not have to compose, think, or read or worry about anything else. Ask a clerk, a preacher, or a speaker what kind of work writing and speaking is; ask a schoolmaster what kind of work the teaching and education of boys is. A pen is light, certainly ... but at the same time the best part (the head), the noblest member (the tongue), and the loftiest activity (speech) of the human body have to bear the brunt and do the most work, while with others it is the hand, the foot, and the back or some similar limb which does all the work, while at the same time they can sing merrily and joke as they please, which a writer cannot do. Three fingers do everything (so they say of writers), but the whole body and soul take part in the work.”1


Literary Work Bitter Disappointment Biblical Exegesis Comfortable Activ Latin Writing 
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© H. G. Koenigsberger 1973

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  • Gerhard Ebeling

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