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Americans are a lot like Laban, willing to do whatever it takes to make more money. But such activities are ultimately meaningless, Martin Luther contended:

When people have devoted all their care and effort to scraping together possessions and great wealth, what have they accomplished in the end? You will find that they have wasted their effort and toil... They themselves never found happiness in their wealth, nor did it last to the third generation.
(The Book of Concord [2000 ed.], p. 391)
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