Scripture Verse

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not…for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6


Philip Doddridge

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 269: Fi­del­i­ty in mo­der­at­ing temp­ta­tions.

Music: Al­stone Chris­to­pher E. Will­ing, in the ap­pen­dix to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Will­ing (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Now let the feeble all be strong,
And make Je­ho­vah’s arm their song:
His shield is spread o’er every saint,
And thus supported, who shall faint?

What though the hosts of hell engage
With mingled cruelty and rage?
A faithful God restrains their hands,
And chains them down in iron bands.

Bound by His word, He will display
A strength proportioned to our day;
And, when united trials meet,
Will show a path of safe retreat.

Thus far we prove that promise good,
Which Je­sus ratified with blood:
Still He is gracious, wise, and just,
And still in Him let Israel trust.