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That Man a Godly Life Might Live

"That Man a Godly Life Might Live"

by Dr. Martin Luther, 1483-1546

Text From:


(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), p. 208


That Man a Godly Life Might Live

1. That man a Godly life might live,

God did these Ten Commandments give

By His true servant Moses, high

Upon the Mount Sinai.

Have mercy, Lord!

2. I am thy God and Lord alone,

No other God beside Me own;

Put thy whole confidence in Me

And love Me e'er cordially.

Have mercy, Lord!

3. By idle word and speech profane

Take not My holy name in vain

And praise but that as good and true

Which I Myself say and do.

Have mercy, Lord!

4. Hallow the day which God hath blest

That thou and all thy house may rest;

Keep hand and heart from labor free

That God may so work in thee.

Have mercy, Lord!

5. Give to thy parents honor due,

Be dutiful, and loving, too,

And help them when their strength decays,

So shalt thou have length of days.

Have mercy, Lord!

6. In sinful wrath thou shalt not kill

Nor hate nor render ill for ill;

Be patient and of gentle mood,

And to thy foe do thou good.

Have mercy, Lord!

7. Be faithful to thy marriage vows,

Thy heart give only to thy spouse;

Thy life keep pure, and lest thou sin,

Use temperance and discipline.

Have mercy, Lord!

8. Steal not; all usury abhor

Nor wring their life-blood from the poor,

But open wide thy loving hand

To all the poor in the land.

Have mercy, Lord!

9. Bear not false witness nor belie

Thy neighbor by foul calumny.

Defend his innocence from blame;

With charity hide his shame.

Have mercy, Lord!

10. Thy neighbor's house desire thou not,

His wife, nor aught that he hath got,

But wish that his such good may be

As thy heart doth wish for thee.

Have mercy, Lord!

11. God these commandments gave therein

To show thee, child of man, thy sin

And make thee also well perceive

How man unto God should live.

Have mercy, Lord!

12. Help us, Lord Jesus Christ, for we

A Mediator have in Thee;

Our works cannot salvation gain;

Thy merit but endless pain.

Have mercy, Lord!



From the Handbook to The Lutheran Hymnal

Text: Ex. 20: 1-17

Author: Martin Luther, 1524

Translated by: Richard Massie, 1854, alt.

Titled: Dies sind die heil'gen Zehn Gebot'

Tune: Dies sind die heil'gen

German melody, c. 1200