- Psalm 119:153–160
- Psalm 35
- Job 10:1–22
- John 5:1–18
- Smalcald Articles, Part III, Art. III ¶¶ 29–45
God's Word and Luther's thought, from here unto eternity taught.
Some contend that it is possible to be ‘good without God’. We may find this appealing. Surely if we loose the bonds of oppression, feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked — if we fill full the mouth of famine and bid the sickness cease — then God will notice our goodness and be pleased with us, no? No. We are told in Scripture that our good deeds — our good works — are as "polluted garment[s]" (ESV) or "filthy rags" (KJV), and, yet, neither of these translations is sufficient.