Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther
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Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther

By Martin Luther
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  • SELECTIONS FROM THE Table Talk OF MARTIN LUTHER.
  • INTRODUCTION.
  • THE TESTIMONY OF JO. AURIFABER, DOCTOR IN DIVINITY, CONCERNING LUTHER’S DIVINE DISCOURSES.
  • CAPTAIN HENRY BELL’S NARRATIVE:
  • A COPY OF THE ORDER FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
  • Luther’s Table-Talk.
    • OF GOD’S WORD.
      • Of the Word of God; or the Holy Scriptures contained in the Bible.
      • Proofs that the Bible is the Word of God.
      • Of the Differences between the Bible and other Books.
      • What we ought chiefly to seek for in the Bible, and how we ought to study and learn the Holy Scriptures.
      • That we should diligently read the Texts of the Bible, and stay ourselves upon it as the only true Foundation.
      • That the Bible is the Head of all Arts.
      • Of the Art of the School Divines in the Bible.
      • The Depths of the Bible.
      • Of the future Want of upright and true Preachers of God’s Word.
      • That People, out of mere Wilfulness, do set themselves against God’s Word.
      • Of the Archbishop of Mentz, one of the Spiritual Princes Electors, his Censure of the Bible.
      • That the Bible is hated of the Worldly-wise and of the Sophists.
      • Of the Errors which the Sectaries do hold concerning the Word of God.
      • Which are the best Preachers and the best Hearers.
      • That we ought to direct all our Actions and Lives according to God’s Word.
      • Where God’s Word is loved, there dwelleth God.
      • That true and upright Christians are ready to suffer Death and all manner of Torments for the Gospel’s sake, but Hypocrites do shun the Cross.
      • That in Causes of Religion we must not judge according to human Wisdom, but according to God’s Word.
      • That in former Times it was dangerous studying the Holy Scriptures.
      • That the Jews have better Teachers and Writers of the Holy Scriptures than the Gentiles.
      • Of Luther’s Complaint of the Multitude of Books.
      • That God’s Word will not be truly understood without Trials and Temptations.
      • Of the Advice of the Bishop of Salzburg, how to qualify the Controversy between the Protestants and Papists, propounded to Luther shortly before his Death; touching which, Luther discoursed as followeth:
    • Of the Word of God; or the Holy Scriptures contained in the Bible.
    • Proofs that the Bible is the Word of God.
    • Of the Differences between the Bible and other Books.
    • What we ought chiefly to seek for in the Bible, and how we ought to study and learn the Holy Scriptures.
    • That we should diligently read the Texts of the Bible, and stay ourselves upon it as the only true Foundation.
    • That the Bible is the Head of all Arts.
    • Of the Art of the School Divines in the Bible.
    • The Depths of the Bible.
    • Of the future Want of upright and true Preachers of God’s Word.
    • That People, out of mere Wilfulness, do set themselves against God’s Word.
    • Of the Archbishop of Mentz, one of the Spiritual Princes Electors, his Censure of the Bible.
    • That the Bible is hated of the Worldly-wise and of the Sophists.
    • Of the Errors which the Sectaries do hold concerning the Word of God.
    • Which are the best Preachers and the best Hearers.
    • That we ought to direct all our Actions and Lives according to God’s Word.
    • Where God’s Word is loved, there dwelleth God.
    • That true and upright Christians are ready to suffer Death and all manner of Torments for the Gospel’s sake, but Hypocrites do shun the Cross.
    • That in Causes of Religion we must not judge according to human Wisdom, but according to God’s Word.
    • That in former Times it was dangerous studying the Holy Scriptures.
    • That the Jews have better Teachers and Writers of the Holy Scriptures than the Gentiles.
    • Of Luther’s Complaint of the Multitude of Books.
    • That God’s Word will not be truly understood without Trials and Temptations.
    • Of the Advice of the Bishop of Salzburg, how to qualify the Controversy between the Protestants and Papists, propounded to Luther shortly before his Death; touching which, Luther discoursed as followeth:
    • OF GOD’S WORKS.
      • That human Sense and Reason cannot comprehend nor understand God’s Works.
      • That no Man understands God’s Works.
      • That the Superfluity of temporal Wealth doth hinder the Faith.
      • That God doth purchase nothing but Unthankfulness with his Benefits.
      • Of God’s Power in our Weakness.
      • Howsoever God dealeth with us, it is always unacceptable.
      • Of the acknowledging of Nature.
      • Of God’s Goodness, if we could but trust unto him.
      • That God made all Things for Mankind.
      • That God’s creatures are used, or rather abused, for the most part by the Ungodly.
      • That God, and not Money, preserves the World.
      • That God’s corporeal Gifts are but little regarded.
      • That God nourisheth all the Beasts.
      • That God is skilful in all Manner of Trades.
      • That God will be praised in all Languages.
      • That God is willing we should make use of his Creatures.
      • That God fills the Bellies of the Ungodly, but he gives the Kingdom of Heaven to the Good and Godly.
      • Court Cards.
      • Whoso from his Heart can humble himself before God, he hath gained.
      • That God preserves Nurture and Discipline.
      • What that is, God is nothing, and yet he is all Things.
      • That Children are God’s special Blessings and Creatures.
    • That human Sense and Reason cannot comprehend nor understand God’s Works.
    • That no Man understands God’s Works.
    • That the Superfluity of temporal Wealth doth hinder the Faith.
    • That God doth purchase nothing but Unthankfulness with his Benefits.
    • Of God’s Power in our Weakness.
    • Howsoever God dealeth with us, it is always unacceptable.
    • Of the acknowledging of Nature.
    • Of God’s Goodness, if we could but trust unto him.
    • That God made all Things for Mankind.
    • That God’s creatures are used, or rather abused, for the most part by the Ungodly.
    • That God, and not Money, preserves the World.
    • That God’s corporeal Gifts are but little regarded.
    • That God nourisheth all the Beasts.
    • That God is skilful in all Manner of Trades.
    • That God will be praised in all Languages.
    • That God is willing we should make use of his Creatures.
    • That God fills the Bellies of the Ungodly, but he gives the Kingdom of Heaven to the Good and Godly.
    • Court Cards.
    • Whoso from his Heart can humble himself before God, he hath gained.
    • That God preserves Nurture and Discipline.
    • What that is, God is nothing, and yet he is all Things.
    • That Children are God’s special Blessings and Creatures.
    • OF THE NATURE OF THE WORLD.
      • Of the World, and of the Manner thereof.
      • Of the Manner of People in Eating.
      • The Unthankfulness of Husbandmen and Farmers.
      • The Gospel discovereth the Wickedness of Mankind.
      • The World’s Unthankfulness towards the Servants of God.
      • The World must have stern and fierce Rulers.
      • The World’s highest Wisdom.
      • The Language and Doings of the World.
      • Luther’s Comparison of the World.
      • The World seeketh Immortality with their Pride.
      • What is to be considered in the executing of Offices.
      • The World is full of Dissemblers and Blasphemers: How many Sorts there be.
      • Of the Wealth and Treasure of the World.
      • Covetousness is a Sign of Death; we must not rely on Money and Wealth.
      • The Popes’ Covetousness.
      • Versus Amor, Mundi Caput est, et Bestia Terræ.
      • Princes do draw and tear Spiritual Livings unto them.
      • A fearful Example of Covetousness.
      • Wealth is the least Gift of God.
      • Giving to the Poor that truly stand in need of our Help.
      • The World will always have new Things.
    • Of the World, and of the Manner thereof.
    • Of the Manner of People in Eating.
    • The Unthankfulness of Husbandmen and Farmers.
    • The Gospel discovereth the Wickedness of Mankind.
    • The World’s Unthankfulness towards the Servants of God.
    • The World must have stern and fierce Rulers.
    • The World’s highest Wisdom.
    • The Language and Doings of the World.
    • Luther’s Comparison of the World.
    • The World seeketh Immortality with their Pride.
    • What is to be considered in the executing of Offices.
    • The World is full of Dissemblers and Blasphemers: How many Sorts there be.
    • Of the Wealth and Treasure of the World.
    • Covetousness is a Sign of Death; we must not rely on Money and Wealth.
    • The Popes’ Covetousness.
    • Versus Amor, Mundi Caput est, et Bestia Terræ.
    • Princes do draw and tear Spiritual Livings unto them.
    • A fearful Example of Covetousness.
    • Wealth is the least Gift of God.
    • Giving to the Poor that truly stand in need of our Help.
    • The World will always have new Things.
    • OF THE LORD CHRIST.
      • That Christ warreth with great Potentates.
      • That it doth not follow because Christ did this and that, therefore we must also do the same.
      • That the weak in Faith do also belong to the Kingdom of Christ.
      • That Christ is the only Physician against Death, whom notwithstanding very few do desire.
      • Of the Temple of all the Gods (except Christ), at Rome, called Pantheon.
      • That the World knoweth not Christ, nor those that are his.
      • Of the Name Jesus Christ.
      • That Christ and the Pope are set on, the one against the other.
      • Of the Pre-eminence of God’s Word.
      • That Christ is the Health and Wisdom of the Faithful.
    • That Christ warreth with great Potentates.
    • That it doth not follow because Christ did this and that, therefore we must also do the same.
    • That the weak in Faith do also belong to the Kingdom of Christ.
    • That Christ is the only Physician against Death, whom notwithstanding very few do desire.
    • Of the Temple of all the Gods (except Christ), at Rome, called Pantheon.
    • That the World knoweth not Christ, nor those that are his.
    • Of the Name Jesus Christ.
    • That Christ and the Pope are set on, the one against the other.
    • Of the Pre-eminence of God’s Word.
    • That Christ is the Health and Wisdom of the Faithful.
    • OF SINS AND OF FREE-WILL.
      • Of the Fall of the Ungodly, and how they are surprised in their Ungodliness and False Doctrine.
      • Of the Acknowledgment of Sins.
      • What our Free-will doth effect.
    • Of the Fall of the Ungodly, and how they are surprised in their Ungodliness and False Doctrine.
    • Of the Acknowledgment of Sins.
    • What our Free-will doth effect.
    • OF THE CATECHISM.
      • Of the Virtues and Vices concerning the Ten Commandments.
    • Of the Virtues and Vices concerning the Ten Commandments.
    • BRIEF SENTENCES OF THE CATECHISM, ACCORDING AS LUTHER USED TO TEACH AND INSTRUCT HIS FAMILY AT HOME.
      • Of the Ten Commandments of God.
      • Of the Creed.
      • Of the Lord’s Prayer.
      • Of Baptism.
      • Of the Lord’s Supper.
      • Good Works.
    • Of the Ten Commandments of God.
    • Of the Creed.
    • Of the Lord’s Prayer.
    • Of Baptism.
    • Of the Lord’s Supper.
    • Good Works.
    • OF THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL.
      • That we ought to beware of Sophistry.
      • Whether we should preach only of God’s Grace and Mercy, or not.
      • Against the Opposers of the Law.
      • Of the Children’s Faith.
      • Of an Example of Faith in the Time of Dearth.
      • That Faith is the only Rule in Divinity.
      • Of the Consequences of Faith.
      • That the Enemies of the Gospel must bear Witness to the Doctrine of Faith, that thereby we only are justified before God.
      • Of the Love towards the Neighbour.
      • Of that Sentence, “Give, and it shall be given unto you.”
      • That giving must be done with a free Heart, without expecting a Requital.
      • Of the expounding of the Prophet Isaiah’s Speech: “In Quietness and in Confidence shall be your Strength.”
      • Of Comfort against Envy.
      • That Patience is necessary in every Particular.
    • That we ought to beware of Sophistry.
    • Whether we should preach only of God’s Grace and Mercy, or not.
    • Against the Opposers of the Law.
    • Of the Children’s Faith.
    • Of an Example of Faith in the Time of Dearth.
    • That Faith is the only Rule in Divinity.
    • Of the Consequences of Faith.
    • That the Enemies of the Gospel must bear Witness to the Doctrine of Faith, that thereby we only are justified before God.
    • Of the Love towards the Neighbour.
    • Of that Sentence, “Give, and it shall be given unto you.”
    • That giving must be done with a free Heart, without expecting a Requital.
    • Of the expounding of the Prophet Isaiah’s Speech: “In Quietness and in Confidence shall be your Strength.”
    • Of Comfort against Envy.
    • That Patience is necessary in every Particular.
    • OF PRAYER.
      • What Power Prayer hath.
      • Of the Power of Prayer, and of the Lord’s Prayer.
      • That we must daily go on in Praying.
      • That Preachers ought to join their Prayers together.
      • Of the Power of Prayer.
      • Of Luther’s Prayer for a gracious Rain.
      • Of Papistical Prayer.
      • To Pray for Peace.
      • Of Temporal Peace.
      • Of Unity and Concord.
      • Of the Power of Prayer.
      • Of the Sighing of the Heart.
      • God’s hearing Prayer.
      • Of the Power of Prayer.
      • That a True Christian Prayeth Always.
      • Of the Strength of the Lord’s Prayer.
    • What Power Prayer hath.
    • Of the Power of Prayer, and of the Lord’s Prayer.
    • That we must daily go on in Praying.
    • That Preachers ought to join their Prayers together.
    • Of the Power of Prayer.
    • Of Luther’s Prayer for a gracious Rain.
    • Of Papistical Prayer.
    • To Pray for Peace.
    • Of Temporal Peace.
    • Of Unity and Concord.
    • Of the Power of Prayer.
    • Of the Sighing of the Heart.
    • God’s hearing Prayer.
    • Of the Power of Prayer.
    • That a True Christian Prayeth Always.
    • Of the Strength of the Lord’s Prayer.
    • OF THE CONFESSION AND CONSTANCY OF THE DOCTRINE.
      • What Christ Requireth of us.
      • That every Christian is Bound to Confess Christ.
    • What Christ Requireth of us.
    • That every Christian is Bound to Confess Christ.
    • OF IMPERIAL DIETS.
      • Of Imperial Diets and Assemblies in Causes of Religion.
      • Of Luther’s Journey and Proceedings at the Imperial Diet at Worms, Anno 1520.
      • Of the Imperial Diet at Augsburg, Anno 1530.
      • Of the Confession and Apology which at Augsburg was exhibited to the emperor.
      • Of the Strength and Profit of the Confession and Apology of Augsburg.
      • Of the Assembly of the Princes at Brunswick, 1531.
      • Of the Convention and Assembly of the Protestant State at Frankfort-on-the-Main, 1539.
    • Of Imperial Diets and Assemblies in Causes of Religion.
    • Of Luther’s Journey and Proceedings at the Imperial Diet at Worms, Anno 1520.
    • Of the Imperial Diet at Augsburg, Anno 1530.
    • Of the Confession and Apology which at Augsburg was exhibited to the emperor.
    • Of the Strength and Profit of the Confession and Apology of Augsburg.
    • Of the Assembly of the Princes at Brunswick, 1531.
    • Of the Convention and Assembly of the Protestant State at Frankfort-on-the-Main, 1539.
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