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In Judah’s kingdom God is known

In judah’s kingdom God is known,
his name is great in Israel;
he makes Jerusalem his own,
his Zion where he loves to dwell;
he there destroyed the arms of war:
the glint of steel is seen no more.

2. Your majesty our eyes behold,
more glorious than the mountain steep:
the plundered warriors, once so bold,
are wrapped in death’s unyielding sleep;
O God of Jacob, at your will
both horse and chariot now lie still.

3. What terrors does your wrath compel!
For who can stand when you appear?
From heaven your solemn verdict fell;
the earth was dumb, transfixed with fear,
when you, O God, in judgement rose
to save the oppressed from all their foes.

4. For human wrath shall be transformed
to praise your name and work for you;
then may your people serve the Lord,
and Gentile lands bring tribute too:
in this world’s tyrants and their like
what terror must your judgements strike!

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