1 God gave His Word by holy men,
The words dictating to their pen;
That Word shall shine with glorious ray
When heaven and earth have passed away.
2 It is not changeful human thought
That here to darkened souls is brought,
But everlasting truth and right
That shed on man their heavenly light.
3 It makes the way of faith so plain
That none in darkness need remain;
Who meekly choose it as their guide
Shall not in doubt and gloom abide.
4 It makes the path of duty clear,
That all in this may persevere;
Who humbly heed its righteous way
Shall not from right and virtue stray.
5 For faith and life, for thought and deed,
No other rule and guide we need:
When God the King proclaims His will,
'Tis meet all others should be still.
6 To this alone may we adhere,
In faith and love and godly fear,
And ever walking by His Word,
Give glory to our Sovereign Lord.
Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #179