6305. The torment of the soul suffered by God-fearing Christians is highly useful and a good experience for flesh and blood. He who has never experienced it knows nothing. That is why all the Psalms in each and every verse use nothing but temptation, anguish, affliction, and a book full of the torment of the soul. The tormenters of the Holy Fathers (Patriarchs) arise out of the most basic admonishments in the first tablet of the Ten Commandments, such as Saint Hieronymous’ [Jerome] torments of the flesh (p. 447).
In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther explains the value of the torment of the soul:
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