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The mighty God, the Lord, doth speak

The mighty God, the Lord, doth speak

Published in 2 hymnals

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1 The mighty God, the Lord, doth speak,
and to earth doth call,
even from the rising of the sun
to where he hath his fall.
2 From out of Zion, his own hill,
where beauty dwells enshrined,
God in his glorious majesty
and mighty power hath shined.

3 Our God assuredly shall come,
keep silence shall not he;
before him fire shall waste, great storms
shall round about him be.
4 He to the heavens above shall call,
and to the earth below,
that of his people he to all
his judgment just may show.

5 Let all my saints together now
unto me gathered be,
those that by sacrifice have made
a covenant with me.
6 And then the heavens shall declare
his righteousness abroad;
because the Lord himself doth come;
none else is judge but God.

7 Hear, O my people, I will speak,
and I will testify
against thee, O mine Israel;
God, even thy God, am I.
8 Not for thy sacrifices I
reprove thee ever will,
nor for burnt-offerings, which have been
before me offered still.

9 I’ll take no bullock nor he-goats
from house nor folds of thine:
10 beasts of the forest, cattle all
on thousand hills, are mine.
11 The fowls are all to me well known
that mountains high do yield;
and I do challenge as mine own
the wild beasts of the field.

12 If I were hungry, I would not
to thee for need complain;
for earth, with all its fulness, doth
to me of right pertain.
13 That I to eat the flesh of bulls
take pleasure dost thou think?
Or that I need, to quench my thirst,
the blood of goats to drink?

14 Nay, rather unto me, thy God,
thanksgiving offer thou;
to the Most High perform thy word,
and fully pay thy vow:
15 and in the day of thy distress
do thou unto my cry;
I will deliver thee, and thou
my name shalt glorify.

16 But to the wicked man God saith,
How is it thou dost dare
my covenant in thy mouth to take,
my statutes to declare?
17 And yet all good instruction thou
perversely hated hast,
likewise my words behind thy back
thou in contempt dost cast.

18 When thou a thief didst see, with him
thou didst consent to sin,
and with the vile adulterers
thou hast partaker been.
19 Thy mouth to evil thou dost give,
thy tongue deceit doth frame.
20 Thou sitt’st, and ‘gainst thy brother speak’st,
thy mother’s son to shame.

21 These things thou wickedly hast done,
and I have silent been;
thou thought’st that I was like thyself,
and did approve thy sin:
but I will sharply thee reprove,
and set before thine eyes,
arrayed in order, thy misdeeds
and thine iniquities.

22 Consider this, and be afraid,
ye that forget the Lord,
lest I in pieces tear you all,
when none can help afford.
23 He truly doth me glorify
who offers to me praise;
and him I'll God's salvation show
that orders right his ways.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #P50c

Text Information

First Line: The mighty God, the Lord, doth speak
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


YORK (Scottish)


From William Tans’ur’s A Compleat Melody: or, The Harmony of Sion (London: W. Pearson, for James Hodges, 1735), attributed to him there as composer and/or arranger. Hymn Tune Index no. 1393a. The tune is sometimes attributed to Henry Purcell, although the reasons for that attribution are unclear…

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