A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

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Psalm 46:1-11 NKJV
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

[2] Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

[3] Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

[4] There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

[5] God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

[6] The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

[7] The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

[8] Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth.

[9] He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

[10] Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

[11] The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Lyrics: Mar­tin Lut­her, 1529; Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Fred­er­ic H. Hedge, 1853.

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