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Luther and the Devil

Posted by Remy on October 31, 2013

“When the devil comes at night to worry me, this is what I say to him: ‘Devil, I have to sleep now. That is God’s commandment, for us to work by day and sleep at night.’ If he keeps on nagging me and trots out my sins, then I answer: “Sweet devil, I know the whole list. But I have done even more sin which is not on your list. Write there also that I have shit in my breeches. Hang it around your neck and wipe your mouth on it.” Then, if he won’t cease to accuse me of sins, I say in contempt: ‘Holy Satan, pray for me’.”

-Luther to his friend Johannes Schlaginhauffen

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