How important are original languages for preaching? Martin Luther’s answer.

“We will not long preserve the gospel without the languages. The languages are the sheath in which this sword of the Spirit [Eph. 6: 17] is contained; they are the casket in which this jewel is enshrined; they are the vessel in which this wine is held; they are the larder in which this food is stored; and . . . they are the baskets in which are kept these loaves and fishes and fragments. If through our neglect we let the languages go (which God forbid!), we shall . . . lose the gospel.” —Quoted in Greek for Life: Strategies for Learning, Maintaining and Reviving New Testament Greek, Kindle loc. 243.

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