Scripture Verse

Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10


Martin Luther (1483–1546)

Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1998 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Ein’ feste Burg Mar­tin Lut­her, 1529 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Susan H. Peterson (1950–2004)


Be strong in God and in His pow­er;
Put on His ar­mor every day.
Thus you can take your stand each hour;
The de­vil’s schemes won’t lead you as­tray.
The bat­tle’s like a flood,
Though not ’gainst flesh and blood;
But ’gainst the spir­it­ual realm,
With Sa­tan at the helm;
You face the powers of dark­ness.

Take God’s full ar­mor—your life sur­round,
So when the day of ev­il ap­pears,
You’ll then be able to stand your ground,
And aft­er all, to stand with­out fear.
Stand firm, then, in the faith,
The belt of truth in place;
Breastplate of right­eous­ness,
Feet shod with rea­di­ness
That comes from the true Gos­pel of peace.

Take, ov­er all, the shield of faith,
To quench the flam­ing ar­rows out­poured.
Salvation’s hel­met wear ov­er your face,
And take the Word, the Spir­it’s sword.
Pray in the Spir­it’s pow­er,
All kinds of pray­ers each hour.
Be always on alert,
And pray for all the Church.
Through God you’ll win the bat­tle!