讃美歌21 53 神のみ言葉は
Almighty God, Your Word is cast
作詞者のジョン・ケイウッド(John Cawood--1775-1852)は家庭が貧しく、幼少時正規の教育をほとんど受けることができませんでしたが、苦学力業、26歳でオックスフォードを卒業し、聖職者となり、17の讃美歌詞を著しました。
1
(かみ)のみ言葉(ことば)は この世界(せかい)
()かれて芽生(めば)える (たね)のようだ。

2
悪魔(あくま)にみ言葉(ことば) (うば)われぬよう
(こころ)()づかせ、(そだ)ててゆけ。

3
試練(しれん)(いばら)の (はば)むときも
()けずに(そだ)てよ、(みの)()まで。

4
言葉(ことば)(そだ)ち、()(ひろ)がり、
平和(へいわ)とよろこび ()ちあふれる。
                                             

Almighty God, Your Word is cast
Like seed into the ground;
Now let the dew of Heav’n descend,
And righteous fruits abound.

Let not the foe of Christ and man
This holy seed remove,
But give it root in ev’ry heart
To bring forth fruits of love.

Let not the world’s deceitful cares
The rising plant destroy.
But let it yield a hundredfold
The fruits of peace and joy.

Nor let Your Word so kindly sent
To raise us to Your throne
Return to You, and sadly tell
That we reject Your Son.

Oft as the precious seed is sown,
Your quick’ning grace bestow,
That all whose souls the truth receive,
Its saving power may know.

Great God, come down and on Your Word
Your mighty power bestow,
That all who hear the joyful sound,
Your saving grace may know.

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