If Our God Had Simply Saved Us

If our God had simply saved us

Translator: Don Pickard (1993)
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 If our God had simply saved us,
merely brought us out of Egypt,
only opened up our prison:
Dadayeinu, dadayeinu,
Dadayeinu, dayeinu,
Dayeinu, dayeinu!
Dadayeinu, dadayeinu,
Dadayeinu, dayeinu,

2 If our God had split the Red Sea:
made a way through walls of water,
only opened up the waters:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

3 If our God had kept our feet dry,
kept our heads above the water,
kept us safely without drowning:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

4 If our God had brought us over,
led us safely on to dry land;
(even though it was a desert)
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

5 If our God had only led us,
only gone ahead to guide us,
given cloud and fire to lead us:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

6 If our God had only brought us
to the awful fire at Sinai:
filled us all with dread at Sinai:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

7 If our God had spoken to us
only one word through the thunder
merely whispered on the mountain:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

8 If our God had given to us
less than Ten Words as prescription
simply told us: "Take the tablets!"
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

9 If our God had laid the law down:
tabled in the words by Moses:
only given us the Torah:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

10 If our God had given us manna,
daily sent down bread from heaven,
simple manna in the desert:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

11 If our God had only given
seventh day for joy and gladness,
without all the rest to help us:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

12 If our God had from a mountain
let us glimpse the land of promise,
only gaze across the Jordan:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

13 If our God had, through the river,
led us to dry bread and water
and not laid on milk and honey:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

14 If our God had fed us only:
feasted us upon the mountain --
not inviting all the neighbours:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

15 But our God, who holds the banquet,
calls the whole world into freedom:
opens up the new creation:
Dayeinu! [Refrain]

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Translator: Don Pickard

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Text Information

First Line: If our God had simply saved us
Title: If Our God Had Simply Saved Us
Translator: Don Pickard (1993)
Source: trad. Hebrew
Refrain First Line: Dadayeinu, dadayeinu
Publication Date: 1996
Copyright: © 1993 Stainer & Bell, Ltd. (Admin. Hope Publishing Company)


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