314. O Wherefore Do the Nations Rage

1 O wherefore do the nations rage,
and kings and rulers strive in vain,
against the Lord of earth and heav'n
to overthrow Messiah's reign?

2 Their strength is weakness in the sight
of him who sits enthroned above;
he speaks, and judgments fall on them
who tempt his wrath and scorn his love.

3 By God's decree his Son receives
the nations for his heritage;
the conqu'ring Christ supreme shall reign
as King of kings, from age to age.

4 Be wise, ye rulers of the earth,
and serve the Lord with godly fear;
with rev'rent joy confess the Son
while yet in mercy he is near.

5 Delay not, lest his anger rise,
and ye should perish in your way;
lo, all that put their trust in him
are blest indeed, and blest alway.

Text Information
First Line: O wherefore do the nations rage
Title: O Wherefore Do the Nations Rage
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1990
Topic: Jesus Christ: His Kingly Office; Danger of Delay; Faith: In Christ (2 more...)
Source: The Psalter, 1912; alt. 1990
Tune Information
Meter: L.M.
Key: e minor
Source: Spangenberg's Gesangbuch,1588; alt. 1990

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