The God Of Abraham Praise

One of the best hymns of all time:

The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above;
Ancient of everlasting days, and God of Love;
Jehovah, great I AM! by earth and Heav’n confessed;
I bow and bless the sacred name forever blessed.

The God of Abraham praise, at whose supreme command
From earth I rise—and seek the joys at His right hand;
I all on earth forsake, its wisdom, fame, and power;
And Him my only portion make, my shield and tower.

The God of Abraham praise, whose all sufficient grace
Shall guide me all my happy days, in all my ways.
He calls a worm His friend, He calls Himself my God!
And He shall save me to the end, thro’ Jesus’ blood.

He by Himself has sworn; I on His oath depend,
I shall, on eagle wings upborne, to Heav’n ascend.
I shall behold His face; I shall His power adore,
And sing the wonders of His grace forevermore.

Tho’ nature’s strength decay, and earth and hell withstand,
To Canaan’s bounds I urge my way, at His command.
The watery deep I pass, with Jesus in my view;
And thro’ the howling wilderness my way pursue.

The goodly land I see, with peace and plenty blessed;
A land of sacred liberty, and endless rest.
There milk and honey flow, and oil and wine abound,
And trees of life forever grow with mercy crowned.

There dwells the Lord our king, the Lord our righteousness,
Triumphant o’er the world and sin, the Prince of peace;
On Sion’s sacred height His kingdom still maintains,
And glorious with His saints in light forever reigns.

He keeps His own secure, He guards them by His side,
Arrays in garments, white and pure, His spotless bride:
With streams of sacred bliss, with groves of living joys—
With all the fruits of paradise He still supplies.

Before the great Three-One they all exulting stand;
And tell the wonders He hath done, through all their land:
The listening spheres attend, and swell the growing fame;
And sing, in songs which never end, the wondrous name.

The God who reigns on high the great archangels sing,
And Holy, holy, holy! cry, Almighty King!
Who was, and is, the same, and evermore shall be:
Jehovah—Father—great I AM, we worship Thee!

Before the Savior’s face the ransomed nations bow;
O’erwhelmed at His almighty grace, forever new:
He shows His prints of love—they kindle to a flame!
And sound thro’ all the worlds above the slaughtered Lamb.

The whole triumphant host give thanks to God on high;
Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, they ever cry.
Hail, Abraham’s God, and mine! (I join the heav’nly lays,)
All might and majesty are Thine, and endless praise.

Words: “Yigdal” by Daniel Ben Yehudah, ca. 1400; para. Thomas Olivers, ca. 1765.
Tune:Leoni” Hebrew melody.

Here is the Hebrew text of the Yigdal:

יִגְדַּל אֱלֹהִים חַי וְיִשְׁתַּבַּח/נִמְצָא וְאֵין עֵת אֶל מְצִיאוּתוֹ
אֶחָד וְאֵין יָחִיד כְּיִחוּדוֹ/נֶעְלָם וְגַם אֵין סוֹף לְאַחְדּוּתוֹ
אֵין לוֹ דְמוּת הַגּוּף וְאֵינוֹ גּוּף/לֹא נַעֲרֹךְ אֵלָיו קְדֻשָּׁתוֹ
קַדְמוֹן לְכָל דָּבָר אֲשֶׁר נִבְרָא/רִאשׁוֹן וְאֵין רֵאשִׁית לְרֵאשִׁיתוֹ
הִנּוֹ אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם לְכָל נוֹצָר/יוֹרֶה גְּדֻלָּתוֹ וּמַלְכוּתוֹ
שֶׁפַע נְבוּאָתוֹ נְתָנוֹ/אֶל אַנְשֵׁי סְגֻלָּתוֹ וְתִפְאַרְתּוֹ
לֹא קָם בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל כְּמֹשֶׁה עוֹד/נָבִיא וּמַבִּיט אֶת תְּמוּנָתוֹ
תּוֹרַת אֱמֶת נָתַן לְעַמּוֹ אֵל/עַל יַד נְבִיאוֹ נֶאֱמַן בֵּיתוֹ
לֹא יַחֲלִיף הָאֵל וְלֹא יָמִיר/דָּתוֹ לְעוֹלָמִים לְזוּלָתוֹ
צוֹפֶה וְיוֹדֵעַ סְתָרֵינוּ/מַבִּיט לְסוֹף דָּבָר בְּקַדְמָתוֹ
גּוֹמֵל לְאִישׁ חָסִיד כְּמִפְעָלוֹ/נוֹתֵן לְרָשָׁע רָע כְּרִשְׁעָתוֹ
יִשְׁלַח לְקֵץ יָמִים מְשִׁיחֵנוּ/לִפְדּוֹת מְחַכֵּי קֵץ יְשׁוּעָתוֹ
מֵתִים יְחַיֶּה אֵל בְּרֹב חַסְדּוֹ/בָּרוּךְ עֲדֵי עַד שֵׁם תְּהִלָּתוֹ
אֵלֶּה שלוש עֶשרֵה לְעִקָּרִים/הֵן הֵם יְסוֹד דַּת אֵל וְתוֹרָתו
תּוֹרַת מֹשה אֱמֶת וּנְבוּאָתוֹ/בָּרוּךְ עֲדֵי עַד שם תְּהִלָּתוֹ

Here is an English translation of the original Hebrew:

May the living God become greater and be praised, He exists yet there is no time associate​d with His existence​.
He is one and there is no other as one as He is, His oneness is not comprehen​sible and there is no end to His oneness.
He has no form of body nor any body, we cannot compare anything to His holiness.​
He preceded everythin​g He created, He was first and there was nothing before Him.
Here is the master of the world to all His creation,​ He instructs​ His creation regarding​ His greatness​ and His kingdom.
An abundance​ of prophecy He has given to His chosen people and those who glorify Him.
There​ has not arisen in Israel anyone like Moses, a prophet who viewed an image of the divine.
The true Torah He gave to His nation – God, through His prophet, the loyal one of His house.
God will not change or reverse His belief, until the end of the world for eternity.​
He examines and knows our hidden things, He sees the end of matters at the beginning​.
He causes a man kindness according​​ to his works, He gives a wicked man wickednes​​s according​​ to his wickednes​​s.
He will send at the end of days our messiah, to redeem those waiting for the end of his salvation​.
God will give life to the dead in His great kindness,​ blessed for eternity is His praised name.
[Thes​e are the thirteen fundament​al beliefs, they are the foundatio​n of the religion of God and His faithful.​ The teaching of Moses and his prophesy is true, blessed for eternity is His name.]


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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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