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Rather, Have Compassion

January 07, 2019
By Martin Luther

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed.

PSALM 2:2

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Rather, Have Compassion

The psalmist first says [the kings and rulers are] "against God" and then "against His Christ," because all sin first of all offends God. . .. It would not be sin if it did not offend God. But he also arranges the words in this manner that we may learn for our consolation and exhortation that we never suffer injustice without God suffering it first and more than we and that God the Father's solicitude for us is so great that He feels our suffering before we do and bears it with greater resentment than we ourselves. Therefore we should refrain from a feeling of revenge but should rather have compassion on those whom we see dashing themselves to their destruction against a majesty so great; for not only are they unable to do any harm, but they destroy themselves horribly. So it is written (Zechariah 2:8): "Whoever touches you, touches the pupil of My eye."

From Labors on the Psalms, on Psalm 2 (Luther's Works 14:316)

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