"If God Had Not Been on Our Side"
by Dr. Martin Luther, 1483-1546
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), pp. 197-198
If God Had Not Been on Our Side
1. If God had not been on our side
And had not come to aid us,
The foes with all their power and pride
Would surely have dismayed us;
For we, His flock, would have to fear
The threat of men both far and near
Who rise in might against us.
2. Their furious wrath, did God permit,
Would surely have consumed us
And as a deep and yawning pit
With life and limb entombed us.
Like men o'er whom dark waters roll
Their wrath would have engulfed our soul
And, like a flood, o'erwhelmed us.
3. Blest be the Lord, who foiledtheir threat
That they could not devour us;
Our souls, like birds, escaped their net,
They could not overpower us.
The snare is boken--we are free!
Our help is ever, Lord, in Thee,
Who madest earth and heaven.
267 from the Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Ps. 124
Author: Martin Luther, 1524
Translated by: composite
Titled: War' Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit
Tune: War' Gott nicht mit uns
1st Published in: "Gesangbuch"
Town: Wittenberg, 1537