251. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

1 A mighty Fortress is our God,
A trusty Shield and Weapon;
Our help is He in all our need,
Our stay whate'er doth happen;
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
Strong mail of craft and pow'r
He weareth in this hour;
On earth is not his equal.

2 Stood we alone in our own might,
Our striving would be losing;
For us the one true Man doth fight,
The Man of God's own choosing.
Who is this chosen One?
'Tis Jesus Christ, the Son,
The Lord of hosts, 'tis He
Who wins the victory
In ev'ry field of battle.

3 And were the world with devils filled,
All watching to devour us.
We tremble not, we fear no ill,
They shall not overpow'r us,
Our souls to fear we need not yield,
They cannot overpow'r us.
Their dreaded prince no more
Can harm us as of yore;
His rage we can endure;
For lo! his doom is sure,
A word shall overthrow him.

4 Still must they leave God's Word its might,
For which no thanks they merit;
Still is He with us in the fight,
With His good gifts and Spirit.
And should they, in the strife,
Take kindred, goods, and life,
We freely let them go,
They profit not the foe;
With us remains the kingdom.

Text Information
First Line: A mighty Fortress is our God
Title: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
German Title: Ein feste burg ist unser Gott
Author: M. Luther, 1483-1546
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: 87 87 66 67
Scripture: ;
Topic: Lent 1
Source: Book of Praise, Canada (tr.)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: M. Luther, 1483-1546
Arranger: L. M. Lindeman, 1812-87
Meter: 87 87 66 67
Key: C Major

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