Psalm 76

Words: Isaac Watts


Israel saved, and the Assyrians destroyed.

   1  In Judah God of old was known;
         His name in Israel great;
      In Salem stood his holy throne,
         And Zion was his seat.

   2  Among the praises of his saints
         His dwelling there he chose;
      There he received their just complaints
         Against their haughty foes.

   3  From Zion went his dreadful word,
         And broke the threat'ning spear,
      The bow, the arrows, and the sword,
         And crushed th' Assyrian war.

   4  What are the earth's wide kingdoms else
         But mighty hills of prey?
      The hill on which Jehovah dwells
         Is glorious more than they.

   5  'Twas Zion's King that stopped the breath
         Of captains and their bands;
      The men of' might slept fast in death,
         And never found their hands.

   6  At thy rebuke, O Jacob's God,
         Both horse and chariot fell:
      Who knows the terrors of thy rod ?
         Thy vengeance who can tell?

   7  What power can stand before thy sight,
         When once thy wrath appears?
      When heav'n shines round with dreadful light,
         The earth lies still and fears.

   8  When God in his own sov'reign ways
         Comes down to save th' oppressed,
      The wrath of man shall work his praise,
         And he'll restrain the rest.

   9  Vow to the Lord, and tribute bring,
         Ye princes, fear his frown;
      His terror shakes the proudest king,
         And cuts an army down.

  10  The thunder of his sharp rebuke
         Our haughty foes shall feel;
      For Jacob's God hath not forsook
         But dwells in Zion still.

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