A Book Such As This

"The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life."
JOHN 6:63
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A Book Such As This
Sad to say, there are few, even among those who should do better, who honestly say even once in  their lifetime to Scripture or to one of the psalms: "You are my beloved book; you must be my very own psalm." The neglect of Scripture, even by spiritual leaders, is one of the greatest evils in the world. Everything else, arts or literature, is pursued and practiced day and night, and there is no end of labor and effort; but Holy Scripture is neglected as though there were no need of it. Those who condescend to read it want to absorb everything at once. There has never been an art or a book on earth that everyone has so quickly mastered as the Holy Scriptures. But its words are not, as some think, mere literature; they are words of life, intended not for speculation and fantasy but for life and action.

From Luther's preface to Commentary on Psalm 118 (Luther's Works 14:46)
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