Scripture Verse

Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in His ways. Psalm 128:1


Martin Luther (1483–1546)

Words: Mar­tin Lu­ther, in Eyn En­chi­ri­di­on (Er­furt, Ger­ma­ny: 1524) (Wohl dem, der in Gott­es Furcht steht). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ri­chard Mass­ie, 1854.

Music: Church Tri­um­phant James W. El­li­ott, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Mass­ie or El­li­ott (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Happy the man who fear­eth God,
Whose feet His ho­ly ways have trod;
Thine own good hand shall nour­ish thee,
And well and hap­py shalt thou be.

Thy wife shall, like a fruit­ful vine,
Fill all thy house with clus­ters fine;
Thy child­ren all be fresh and sound,
Like ol­ive-plants thy ta­ble round.

Lo! to the man these bless­ings cleave
Who in God’s ho­ly fear doth live;
From him the an­cient curse hath fled
By Ad­am’s race in­her­it­ed.

Out of Mount Zion God shall send,
And crown with joy thy lat­ter end;
That thou Je­ru­sa­lem mayst see,
In fa­vor and pros­per­ity.

He shall be with thee in thy ways,
And give thee health and length of days;
Yea, thou shalt child­ren’s child­ren see,
And peace on Is­ra­el shall be.