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Psalm 115 - 2nd Version
POTSDAM | Bible Passage
Adapted from HOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, 1685-1750
1 NOT ours the glory make,
Lord, give not us the fame;
But for thy truth and mercy's sake
Ascribe it to thy name!
2 To say, Where is their God,
Why should the heathen dare?
Since he in heaven hath his abode,
And works his pleasure there.
3 Men's hands their idols make
Of silver and of gold;
Mouths have they, but they cannot speak;
Eyes, but they nought behold.
4 Their ears are senseless too;
Their nostrils smelling not;
Their hands and feet nor feel nor go,
Nor speak they through their throat.
5 All those who them adore,
Or form them, like them be;
O Israel, trust God evermore,
For our defence is he.
6 On God, who shields the just,
Let Aaron's house depend;
Let those who fear him in him trust,
For he will such defend.
7 God hath remembered us,
And will his mercy show;
On Israel, and on Aaron's house,
He blessings will bestow.
8 Of high and low degree,
All those that him adore
He keeps; and you and yours shall he
Increase yet more and more.
9 Blest of the Lord are ye,
Who made both earth and heaven;
Heaven for himself created he,
But earth to men hath given.
10 Their voice they cannot raise,
Who down to silence go;
But we, from this time forth, his praise
For evermore will show.
1 ¬∂ Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.
2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?
3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
9 ¬∂ O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
11 Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.
13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.
14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.
15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.