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The Trees of the Field

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace

Paraphraser: Steffi Karen Rubin (1975)
Published in 27 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Paraphraser: Steffi Karen Rubin

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Scripture References: st. = Isa. 55:12 Paraphrasing only verse 12 from Isaiah 55–a chapter rich with invitation, comfort, and wisdom–Steffi G. Rubin (b. The Bronx, NY, 1950) wrote “The Trees of the Field” in 1975. Verse 12 refers to the "going out" from Babylon, the Israelites' return from exile. More generally, and certainly as seen through New Testament eyes, the passage sings of the joy resulting from God's salvation, a joy so far-reaching that even the "trees of the field will clap their hands," and fruitful trees and bushes will grow instead of thorns and briers. Rubin has written many songs, a number of which have been published and recorded by Jews for Jesus and its performance ensemble, the Liberated Wailing Wall. She received a B.A. degree in English from Simpson College in San Francisco, California. At one time an artist and creative director for Jews for Jesus, she has been self-employed in the graphic arts field since 1980. Rubin is also a music leader at Emmanuel Messianic Congregation and is active in Remnant, a group that sings Messianic music. In 1985 Bert Polman (PHH 37) prepared an additional stanza based on Isaiah 55:13 to point out that the rejoicing is a testimony to the saving acts of God. This additional stanza was rejected by the copyright owners for the Psalter Hymnal, but was accepted later for publication in Songs for LiFE (1994):
The fir and cypress trees will grow instead of thorns; the myrtle will replace the briers and nettles: this will be a sign, a sign of God's mighty name, that will not be destroyed. Refrain
Liturgical Use: Festive, highly celebrative, and joyful occasions. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



The song's popularity is no doubt due to the Jewish-style music by Stuart Dauermann (b. Brooklyn, NY, 1944). Both text and tune were written for the Liberated Wailing Wall, the touring singing group of Jews for Jesus. It was first published in Scriptures to Sing (Lillenas, 1975). The infectious tune…

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Instances (1 - 27 of 27)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #484
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #853
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #570
Church Family Worship #118
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #804
Common Praise (1998) #662
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #766
Complete Mission Praise #796
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #80Text InfoAudio
Hymnal: A Worship Book #427
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #219
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #197Text InfoTune InfoAudio
Rejoice Hymns #59
Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #302
Sing Joyfully #561
Sing the Faith #2279
Singing the Faith #487
Songs for Life #196
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #764
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #663
The Faith We Sing #2279
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #244
The Worshiping Church #272
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #755
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #884
Worship and Rejoice #710
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #335
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