Luther on Psalm 51:5

Psalm 51:5   5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

“The human seed, this mass from which I was formed, is totally corrupt with faults and sins.  The material itself is faulty.  The clay, so to speak, out of which this vessel began to be formed is damnable…

So we are not sinners because we commit this or that sin, but we commit them because we are sinners first.

That is, a bad tree and bad seed also bring forth bad fruit, and from a bad root only a bad tree can grow…”

LW Vol. 12 

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