Scripture Verse

Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10–11


Philipp Nicolai

Words: Wil­helm Ar­ends, 1714 (Rüst­et euch, ihr Chris­ten­leute). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by John M. Sloan, 1865, alt.

Music: Wach­et auf Phi­lipp Ni­co­lai, 1599. Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach, 1731 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Rise! to arms! With prayer employ you!
O Christians, lest the foe destroy you,
For Satan has designed your fall.
Wield God’s Word, a weapon glo­ri­ous!
Against each foe you’ll be vic­to­ri­ous;
Our God will set you over them all.
Is Satan strong and fell?
Here is Immanuel.
Sing hosanna! The strong ones yield,
With Christ our shield,
And we as conquerors hold the field.

Cast afar this world’s vain pleasures,
Aye, boldly fight for heav’nly treasures,
And steadfast be in Je­sus’ might.
He will help, whate’er betide you,
And naught will harm with Christ beside you;
By faith you’ll conquer in the fight.
Then shame, thou weary soul!
Look forward to the goal:
There joy waits thee.The race, then, run;
The combat done,
Thy crown of glo­ry will be won.

Wisely fight, for time is fleeting,
The hours of grace are fast retreating;
Short, short, is this our earthly way.
When the trump the dead is waking
And sinners all with fear are quaking,
With joy the saints will greet that day.
Bless God, our triumph’s sure,
Tho’ long we did endure
Scorn and trial. Thou, Son of God,
To Thine abode
Tilt lead the way Thy­self hast trod.

Jesus, all Thy children cherish
And keep them that they ne­ver perish
Whom Thou hast purchased with Thy blood.
Let new life to us be given
That we may look to Thee in Hea­ven
Whenever fearful is our mood.
Thy spirit on us pour
That we may love Thee more—
Hearts o’erflowing. And then will we
Be true to Thee
In death and life eternally.