O God of Bethel/O God of Jacob   1 comment

Above:  St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, Blairsville, Georgia, August 4, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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I have found variations on this text in old hymnals.

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Words by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) and John Logan (1748-1788), as they appeared in Scottish Paraphrases (1781)

Reprinted in The Hymnal (1895), the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (1869-1958)

1.  O God of Bethel, by whose hand,

Thy people still are fed;

Who through this weary pilgrimage

Hast all our fathers led,

2.  Our vows, our prayers, we now present

Before Thy throne of grace;

God of our fathers, be the God

Of their succeeding race.

3.  Through each perplexing path of life

Our wandering footsteps guide;

Give us each day our daily bread,

And raiment fit provide.

4.  O spread Thy covering wings around

Till all our wanderings cease,

And at our Father’s loved abode

Our souls arrive in peace.

5.  Such blessings from Thy gracious hand

Our humble prayers implore;

And thou shalt be our chosen God,

And portion evermore.

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Words by Philip Doddridge

As they appeared in altered form in the Lutheran Common Service Book (1917)

1.  O God of Jacob, by Whose hand

Thy people still are fed;

Who through this weary pilgrimage

Hast all our fathers led!

2.  To Thee our humble vows we raise,

To Thee address our prayer;

And in Thy kind and faithful breast

Deposit all our care.

3.  Through each perplexing path of life

Our wandering footsteps guide;

Give us each day our daily bread,

And raiment fit provide.

4.  O spread Thy covering wings around

Till all our wanderings cease,

And at our Father’s loved abode

Our souls arrive in peace.

5.  To Thee, as our covenant God,

We’ll our whole selves reign;

And thankful, own that all we are

And all we have is Thine.

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Words by Philip Doddridge

As they appeared in altered form in the American Lutheran Hymnal (1930)

1.  O God of Jacob, by whose hand

Thy people still are fed;

Who, thro’ this weary pilgrimage,

Hast all our fathers led!

2.  To Thee our humble vows we raise,

To Thee address our prayer;

And in Thy kind and faithful breast

Deposit all our care.

3.  Thro’ each perplexing path of life

Our wand’ring footsteps guide;

Give us each day our daily bread

And raiment fit provide.

4.  O spread Thy cov’ring wings around

Till all our wand’rings cease

And at our Father’s loved abode

Our souls arrive in peace!

5.  To Thee, as to our cov’nant God,

We our whole selves resign,

And thankful own that all we are

And all we have is Thine.

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