The Perversity and Ingratitude of the World

“For the perversity and ingratitude of the world is so great that it often repays evil to those who have deserved good from it and sometimes even treats them very rudely; on the other hand, it elevates and honors the wicked.  So David, a holy man and very good king, was driven out of his kingdom; the prophets, Christ, and the apostles were killed.  The histories of all nations attest that many men who deserved the best from their country were driven into exile by their own fellow citizens, that they had a miserable life there, and that some of them came to a bitter end in prison.” Martin Luther, Lectures on Galatians 4:6, LW 26:387.

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