Hymns, #886

Spiritual Warfare - By God as Fortress

Eng/Kor:886  Chin:638  Span:399  Rus:-  Tag:886  Fra:886  Por:416

Lyrics:Martin Luther, tr. by Frederick H. Hedge
Music:Martin Luther
Meter:Peculiar Meter.

Hymns using same tune:

#1198, #1288


In verse 2, noun "Sabaoth"
(plural) hosts or armies; used in the book of Romans in the New Testament
"Lord of Sabaoth"


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.

Hymn #886