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No Fairer Law

February 03, 2019
By Martin Luther

The wicked man . . . makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. His mischief returns upon his own head.

PSALM 7:14-16

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No Fairer Law

This is the wonderful wisdom of God, that He does not punish the ungodly except with their own stratagems, He mocks them with their own mockeries, He pierces them with their own javelins, as David did with Goliath and Christ did with the devil. . .. And always God observes the rule: "No law is fairer than that the schemers of destruction perish by their own device" [Ovid]. And blessed Augustine says, "You have commanded, O Lord, and so it is done, that every disordered spirit be its self-punishment." And in this passage (v. 16) we read: His mischief shall be turned on his own head. This is what happened to Saul, Absalom, and many others who harmed themselves when they wanted to harm others.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 7 (Luther's Works 10:86)

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