Scripture Verse

Let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Introduction

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Julia H. Johnston
1849–1919

Words: Julia H. John­ston, in Bi­ble Stu­dy Songs, by Ber­tha F. Vel­la & Da­ni­el Tow­ner (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Pil­grim Press, 1899), page 95.

Music: Dow­ney Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Daniel B. Towner
1850–1919

Lyrics

Come, put on the ar­mor of Je­sus,
Make rea­dy to bat­tle with sin,
And con­quer the foes that be­set us,
The foes, both with­out and with­in.

Refrain

Lift high the vic­to­ri­ous ban­ner,
The truth that for ag­es has stood;
Be firm in the midst of temp­ta­tion,
And ov­er­come ev­il with good.

The ban­ner of truth we must fol­low,
Nor lin­ger, in doubt and in fear;
For Je­sus is strong to de­liv­er,
Fear not, for the Cap­tain is near.

Refrain

Right on­ward, for­ev­er­more on­ward,
We march in the strength of the King;
For God and the good of our neigh­bor,
Our lives as an of­fer­ing we bring.

Refrain

Whatever the sin that op­pos­es,
The or­der must be un­der­stood;
Be not ov­er­come by the ev­il,
But ov­er­come ev­il with good.

Refrain