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No Greater Comfort

May 15, 2019
By Martin Luther

The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the LORD laughs at the wicked, for He sees that his day is coming.

PSALM 37:12-13

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No Greater Comfort

This is said for the consolation of those who are weak in faith, who do not want to endure the attacks of the wicked and are vexed that God does not punish them right away but lets them get along so well. . .. How could we receive a greater comfort? The raging enemies of the righteous use all their power and wickedness and are bent on devouring the righteous (that is, the believer in God). And God has such contempt for them that He laughs at them, for He sees how brief their rage will be and how soon their day will come. This does not mean that God laughs as a man laughs, but that it is truly ridiculous to behold how, despite their rage and their ambitious plans, these madmen do not make one whit of progress. They are like the silly fool who would take a long spear and a short dagger and try to bring the sun down from the sky, and then would dance for joy, as though he had really accomplished something.

From Four Psalms of Comfort, on Psalm 37 (Luther's Works 14:215-16)

May 15