That Men a godly Life Might Live (also known as These Are the Holy Ten Commands)

1. That man a godly life might live, God did these ten commandments give By His true servant Moses, high Upon the mount Sinai. Have mercy, Lord.

2. I am thy God and Lord alone, No other God besides Me own; On My great mercy venture thee, With all thy heart love thou Me. Have mercy, Lord.

3. By idle word and speech profane Take not My holy Name in vain; And praise not aught as good and true But what God doth say and do. Have mercy, Lord.

4. Hallow the day which God hath blest, That thou and all thy house may rest; Keep hand and heart from labor free, That God may so work in thee. Have mercy, Lord.

5. Give to thy parents honor due, Be dutiful and loving too; And help them when their strength decays So shalt thou have length of days. Have mercy, Lord.

6. Kill thou not out of evil will, Nor hate, nor render ill for ill; Be patient and of gentle mood, And to thy foe do thou good.

7. Be faithful to thy marriage vows, Thy heart give only to thy spouse Keep thy life pure, and lest thou sin Keep thyself with discipline.

8. Steal not; oppressive acts abhor; Nor wring their life-blood from the poor; But open wide thy loving hand To all the poor in the land.

9. Bear not false witness, nor belie Thy neighbor by foul calumny; Defend his innocence from blame, With charity hide his shame.

10.Thy neighbor's wife desire thou not, His house, nor aught that he hath got But wish that his such good may be As thy heart doth wish for thee.

11.God these commandments gave, therein To show thee, son of man, thy sin, And make thee also well perceive How man for God ought to live.

12.Help us, Lord Jesus Christ, for we A Mediator have in Thee; Without Thy help our works so vain Merit naught but endless pain.

Words: Martin Luther, 1524. Translated by Richard Massie, 1854, alt.
Music: 'Dies sind die heil`gen zehu Gebot' or 'In Gottes Namen fahren wir' circa1200s found in Erfurt Enchiridion, 1524.
Setting: Michael Praetorius, 1609.
copyright: public domain. This score is a part of the Open Hymnal Project, 2009 Revision.

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