Tracking down a Luther Quote about Milking Cows

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Liam Maguire | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Mar 13 2021 11:28 AM

Hopefully that title got your attention. I’m looking for the primary source for this Luther quote:

“God himself will milk the cows through him whose vocation it is.”

I’ve found it linked back as far as Wingren’s Luther on Vocation but I’d prefer a reference from the mouth/pen of Luther himself. Ideally I am after the citation and a screenshot of the quote in context. 

if you can help you would be my hero for life!

Thanks in advance. Liam

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Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 13 2021 12:11 PM

Liam Maguire:

I’m looking for the primary source for this Luther quote:

“God himself will milk the cows through him whose vocation it is.”

Here's one from Luther's Works, vol. 6: "Then the major premise will not fail you because the Holy Spirit testifies both by this example and many others that God’s people please God even in the least and most trifling matters. For He will be working all things through you; He will milk the cow through you and perform the most servile duties through you, and all the greatest and least duties alike will be pleasing to Him."

This search was conducted with the search parameters: “milk" WITHIN 100 WORDS "cow" (restricted to my personal collection of Luther).

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Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 13 2021 12:39 PM

Screenshot

Oh, and here's the screenshot. It comes from Luther's Genesis Lectures (chapters 31-37), exposition on chapter 31 on Genesis (verse Genesis 31: 3).

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Liam Maguire | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 13 2021 3:37 PM

Thank you for the ref and the screenshot - and for the speedy reply on the weekend. Blessings! Liam

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