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    "The Word did it all..." - Martin Luther

    "Take me, for example. I opposed indulgences and all papists, but never by force. I simply taught, preached, wrote God's Word: otherwise I did nothing. And then, while I slept or drank Wittenberg beer with my Philip of Amsdorf the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that never a prince or emperor did such damage to it. I did nothing: the Word did it all. Had I wanted to start trouble.... I could have started such a little game at Worms that even the emperor wouldn't have been safe. But what would it have been? A mug's game. I did nothing: I left it to the Word." (Luther's Works)

    Posted by John Samson on March 20, 2009 11:56 PM


    What a great quote. Puts a smile on my face.

    What a great few words. Puts a blush on my face in shame!

    I am "trying" to stay dead so that His Word can come alive in me! I am not having much success. Is anyone?

    Michael, the harder you try the more frustrated you will become. You must prayerfully and earnestly submit your trying to the Lord and He will meet your aid you with His indwelt Holy Spirit strength! Remember to wait on Him for this. Be still and know that I am God, says the Lord.

    Could John Samson please give me the source of his March 20, 2009 quote from Luther? I have 18 volumes of Luther but cannot trace it from the indices. Whose translation is he using?

    I would be very grateful for any help.


    Amazing Truth!

    Amazing Truth!

    hello, i'm doing a paper about luther traduction of the Bible and I need to know, exactly, where this quote came from? i saw that in other pages they put LW 51:77 but I don't know exactly where in Luther Works is placed. thanks.

    Here's a different translation of the quote and the reference:

    Take myself as an example. I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept [cf. Mark 4:26–29], or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philips5 and Amsdorf,6 the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything. Had I desired to foment trouble, I could have brought great bloodshed upon Germany; indeed, I could have started such a game that even the emperor would not have been safe. But what would it have been? Mere fool’s play. I did nothing; I let the Word do its work.

    Luther, M. (1999). Luther’s works, vol. 51: Sermons I. (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald, & H. T. Lehmann, Eds.) (Vol. 51, pp. 77–78). Philadelphia: Fortress Press.

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