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An Open Letter on Translating - Martin Luther

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An Open Letter on Translating
By Dr. Martin Luther, 1483-1546
Translated from:
"Sendbrief von Dolmetschen"
in _Dr. Martin Luthers Werke_,
(Weimar: Hermann Boehlaus Nachfolger, 1909),
Band 30, Teil II, pp. 632-646
by Gary Mann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religion/Theology
Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois

Preface

Wenceslas Link to all believers in Christ:

The wise Solomon says in Proverbs 11: "The people who withhold
grain curse him.  But there is a blessing on those who sell it." 
This verse speaks truly concerning all that can serve the common
good or the well-being of Christendom.  This is the reason the
master in the gospel reprimands the unfaithful servant like a lazy
scoundrel for having hidden and buried his money in the ground. 
So that this curse of the Lord and the entire Church might be
avoided, I must publish this letter which came into my possession
through a good friend.  I could not withhold it, as there has been
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