275. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

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1 A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing.
Our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe.
His craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2 Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he.
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

3 And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him.
His rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure.
One little word shall fell him.

4 That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth.
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also.
The body they may kill;
God's truth abideth still.
His kingdom is forever.

Text Information
First Line: A mighty fortress is our God
Title: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Author: Martin Luther (1529)
Translator: Frederick Henry Hedge (1852)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.7.8.7.6.6.6.6.7
Scripture: Deuteronomy 33:27; 2 Samuel 22:2; Psalm 18:2; Psalm 31:3; Psalm 46:1; Psalm 71:3; Psalm 91:2; Psalm 144:2; Isaiah 26:4; Isaiah 40:28; Jeremiah 16:19; Daniel 4:3; Luke 1:33; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14-18
Topic: Assurance; Funeral; Jesus Christ: Ascension and Reign (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: EIN’ FESTE BURG
Composer: Martin Luther (1529, alt.)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.6.6.6.6.7
Key: C Major


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Long before Isaac Watts began to Christianize the Psalms, Martin Luther had already done so when he created the text and tune for this, his most famous hymn, which is based on Psalm 46. Luther encouraged metrical versions of psalms as well as chanted psalms and new hymns.


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