Luther’s favorite Bible verses

Luther’s favorite Bible verses March 3, 2015

You know those 76 red volumes of the collected works of Luther in English?  Well, there are a lot more writings by the Reformer that have not been translated into English.  Concordia Publishing House is adding more translations to the series, including this Volume 77 of the Church Postils (a series of sermons meant to be read in other churches–a genre in which Luther developed and promulgated the doctrine of vocation).

As we’ve posted, Dr. Benjamin Mayes  has been working on this project for CPH, going over untranslated writings of Luther.  Dr. Mayes came across a simple list of Bible verses that Luther said gave him comfort and that he used to console himself.   See the Bible verses after the jump.  Then look them up.From Benjamin Mayes:  “Luther gives a long list of the Bible passages he finds comforting in Etliche tröstliche Vermahnungen [“Several Comforting Admonitions”], 1530, WA 30/2:700–710.  The Weimar edition calls this writing “Passages with which Luther consoled himself”:

2 Tim. 3:12
Acts 4:22
Phil. 2:12
John 10:28
Matt. 16:18
Isa. 46:4
Sirach 2:11
1 Maccabees 2:61
Ps. 9:10
Rom. 8:32
1 John 4:4
Ps. 55:22; 1 Pet. 5:7
Ps. 27:14
John 16:33
Luke 17:5
Mark 9:24
Ps. 32:11
Ps. 145:18–19
Ps. 91:14–16
Matt. 6:31
Matt. 10:28
Rom. 4:25; 6:10
Heb. 5:3; 9:28
Exod. 20:6
Deut. 31:6
Ps. 62:8
Ps. 107:1
John 16:33
Phil. 4:5–6
1 Sam. 2:30
2 Tim. 2:5
Ps. 2:4
2 Tim. 1:12
Eph. 3:20

HT:  Paul McCain

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