God’s Word alone can e'er afford
Sure ground for faith's foundation;
It is a treasure from the Lord,
Brings trust for full salvation.
No human wisdom can compare
With that of God's own giving,
What God's Word clearly doth declare
Sufficeth for our living
On God and His pure Word alone,
My heart can rest confiding;
From its bright pages light is thrown,
Our pilgrim footsteps guiding.
O God, let no false doctrine turn
My heart from true devotion;
O fire my soul, that it may burn
For truth, with strong emotion.
In God alone I put my trust,
On His rich care depending;
He will ward off each deadly thrust,
'Gainst Satan’s craft defending.
By Thy dear Word, uphold me, Lord,
And let me keep it purely,
Against the devil's wrath and sword
And wiles, preserved securely.
—by Johann Walther (1496-1570)
translated from German by C. Armand Miller