A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

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1 A mighty fortress is our God,
a sword and shield victorious;
he breaks the cruel oppressor's rod
and wins salvation glorious.
The old satanic foe,
has sworn to work us woe!
With craft and dreadful might
he arms himself to fight.
On earth he has no equal.

2 No strength of ours can match his might!
We would be lost, rejected.
But now a champion comes to fight,
whom God himself elected.
You ask who this may be?
The Lord of hosts is he!
Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,
God's only Son, adored.
He holds the field victorious.

3 Though hordes of devils fill the land
all threat'ning to devour us,
we tremble not, unmoved we stand;
they cannot overpow'r us.
Let this world's tyrant rage;
in battle we'll engage!
His might is doomed to fail;
God's judgment must prevail!
One little word subdues him.

4 God's word forever shall abide,
no thanks to foes, who fear it;
for God himself fights by our side
with weapons of the Spirit.
Were they to take our house,
goods, honor, child, or spouse,
though life be wrenched away,
they cannot win the day.
The Kingdom's ours forever.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #788

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 >

Translator (into Spanish): Juan Bautista Cabrera

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Text Information

First Line: A mighty fortress is our God, A sword and shield victiorious (Castillo fuerte es nuestro Dios)
Title: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
German Title: Ein' Feste Burg
Author: Martin Luther
Translator (into Spanish): Juan Bautista Cabrera
Meter: 8.7.8.7.6.6.6.6.7
Source: Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978 (tr.)
Language: English; Spanish
Publication Date: 2006
Copyright: English text © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship

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EIN FESTE BURG

The original rhythms of EIN FESTE BURG (see 469) had already reached their familiar isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) shape by the time of Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) in the eighteenth century. The harmonization is taken from his Cantata 80. Many organ and choral works are based on this chorale, including…

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #503
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #504
Gather Comprehensive #607
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #556
Lutheran Service Book #657
Lutheran Worship #297
Moravian Book of Worship #788Text
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #571
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #133
Worship (4th ed.) #688
Include 2 pre-1979 instances



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