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Author: Martin Luther

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Moses with his law is most terrible; there never was any equal to him in perplexing, affrighting, tyrannizing, threatening, preaching, and thundering; for he lays sharp hold on the conscience, and fearfully works it, but all by God’s express command. When we are affrighted, feeling our sins, God’s wrath and judgments, must certainly, in the law is no justification; therein is nothing celestial and divine, but ’tis altogether of the world, which world is the kingdom of the devil. Therefore it is clear and apparent that the law can do nothing that is vivifying, saving, celestial, or divine; what it does is altogether temporal; that is, it gives us to know what evil is in the world, outwardly and inwardly. But, besides this, the Holy Ghost must come over the law, and speak thus in thy heart: God will not have thee affright thyself to death, only that through the law thou shouldest know thy misery, and yet not despair, but believe in Christ, who is the end of the law for righteousness.

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Chicago: Martin Luther, "276," Table Talk, trans. William Hazlitt in The Table Talk or Familiar Discourse of Martin Luther (London: D. Bogue, 1848), Original Sources, accessed August 10, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5ABUTHWFNCXAGWX.

MLA: Luther, Martin. "276." Table Talk, translted by William Hazlitt, in The Table Talk or Familiar Discourse of Martin Luther, London, D. Bogue, 1848, Original Sources. 10 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5ABUTHWFNCXAGWX.

Harvard: Luther, M, '276' in Table Talk, trans. . cited in 1848, The Table Talk or Familiar Discourse of Martin Luther, D. Bogue, London. Original Sources, retrieved 10 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5ABUTHWFNCXAGWX.