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If God Had Not Been on Our Side

If God had not been on our side And had not come to aid us

Author: Martin Luther
Published in 6 hymnals

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1 If God had not been on our side
and had not come to aid us,
our foes with all their pow'r and pride
would surely have dismayed us,
for we, his flock, would have to fear
the devil's wolves, 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.
A hellish storm would o'er us roll
from Satan, who desires our soul
and seeks to overwhelm 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 helper and our strength is he
who made the earth and heavens.

Source: Christian Worship: Psalter #124C

Author: Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: If God had not been on our side And had not come to aid us
Title: If God Had Not Been on Our Side
German Title: Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit
Author: Martin Luther
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #2791
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Instances

Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Christian Worship (1993) #202

Christian Worship #866

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Christian Worship #124C

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #396

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The Cyber Hymnal #2791

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