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The Plans of the Wicked

October 20, 2018
By Martin Luther

The LORD will not forsake His people; He will not abandon His heritage; for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

PSALM 94:14-15

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The Plans of the Wicked

This makes it clear that this psalm is speaking about the plans of the wicked against the people of God. For God cannot forsake His own; this is certain, as he says here. Therefore it is impossible for the wicked to accomplish what they set out to do. It must fail, as certainly as God is God. Only there must first be days of trouble, in which one must be still and patient while the wicked begin their campaign and then come to naught. As Psalm 91:8 also says, "You will look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked." If you are killed before seeing it in this life, you will come back to life and see it in the life to come. But the living will see it even in this life. For those who believe it, then, this verse comforts the pious and emboldens them mightily, while it pronounces a fearful judgment on the tyrants and the heretics. For this is the certain outcome, in spite of thousands upon thousands of popes, emperors, princes, scholars, and heretics piled on top of one another, just as the following verse also says: For justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

From Four Psalms of Comfort, on Psalm 94 (Luther's Works 14:252)

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