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In Table Talk, published posthumously in 1566, Martin Luther observes:

“Where great wealth is, there are also all manner of sins; for through wealth comes great pride, through pride, dissension, through dissension, wars, through wars, poverty, through poverty, great distress and misery. Therefore, they that are rich, must yield a strict and great account; for to whom much is given, of him much will be required… Wealth is the smallest thing on Earth, the least gift that God has bestowed on mankind. What is it in…

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