267. If God Had Not Been on Our Side

1 If God had not been on our side
And had not come to aid us,
The foes with all their pow'r and pride
Would surely have dismayed us;
For we, His flock, would have to fear
The threat of men both far and near
Who rise in might against us.

2 Their furious wrath, did God permit,
Would surely have consumed us
And as a deep and yawning pit
With life and limb entombed us.
Like men o'er whom dark waters roll
Their wrath would have engulfed our soul
And, like a flood, o'erwhelmed us.

3 Blest be the Lord, who foiled their threat
That they could not devour us;
Our souls, like birds, escaped their net,
They could not overpow'r us.
The snare is broken--we are free!
Our help is ever, Lord, in Thee,
Who madest earth and heaven.


Text Information
First Line: If God had not been on our side
Title: If God Had Not Been on Our Side
German Title: Wer' Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit
Author: Martin Luther (1524)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Source: Tr. composite
Tune Information
Key: a minor
Source: "Gesangbuch," Wittenberg, 1537

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