Zwingli on the Importance of Context

Oh you rascals — you are not instructed or versed in the Gospel, and you pick out verses from it without regard to their own context, and wrest them according to your own desire. It is like breaking off a flower from its roots and trying to plant it in a garden. But that is not the way: you must plant it with the roots and soil in which it is embedded. And similarly we must leave the Word of God its own proper nature.

Huldrych Zwingli, Of the Clarity and Certainty or Power of the Word of God as quoted in Scripture as Communication by Jeannine K. Brown

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