Luther's Translation Philosophy

"I must let the literal words go and try to learn how the German says that which the Hebrew expresses. . . Whoever would speak German must not use Hebrew style. Rather he must see to it - once he understands the Hebrew author - that he concentrates on the sense of the text, asking himself, 'Pray tell, what do the Germans say in such a situation?' . . . Let him drop the Hebrew words and express the meaning freely in the best German he knows."

Martin Luther