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The Weakness of Human Nature

May 27, 2019
By Martin Luther

There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.

PSALM 38:3

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The Weakness of Human Nature

There is no soundness in My flesh. This is understood literally concerning the flesh of Christ bruised in suffering and His bones shaken and dispersed. And this was done in the face of God's wrath, that is, in the presence of, and before, God's wrath. This wrath comes in the face of our sin, before, or in the presence of. . .. Second, it is also understood of the weakness of the human nature, which is so weakened by sin that it is quick and inclined to evil all the time from youth onward and in all its own powers slow to the good. And for this, too, the Lord cries here in a most devout way for our sake, that He might take it away. Third, it refers to the bodily weaknesses and sufferings, sicknesses and ills without number, to which human nature is subject because of sin, as is clear from experience. And for these, too, Christ grieved [for He bore all our evils].

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 38 (Luther's Works 10:177)

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