"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." - Jerome

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Luther on Ecclesiastes 9:8

Ecc 9:8 Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head.
"You are living in the midst of vanity. Therefore enjoy life, and do not let yourself come to ruin through your indignation, but drive the grief from your mind. You can not mock the world more effectively than by laughing when it grows angry. Let it be enough for you that you have a gracious God. For what is the malice of the world in comparison with the sweetness of God? He is not urging a life of pleasure and luxury characteristic of those who do not sense this vanity, for that would be putting oil on fire; but he is speaking of godly men, who sense the vexation and troubles of the world. It is their downcast hearts that he wants to encourage."

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