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Temelie pe veci ați găsit în Scripturi
Pentru-a voastră credință, voi, toți sfinții Lui!
Ce-i scris în Cuvânt, oare nu-i îndeajuns,
Vouă, celor ce viața-n Cristos v-ați ascuns?
„Nu te teme și nu fi nicicând framântat;
Dumnezeu îți sunt Eu, și-ajutor necurmat.
Te voi întări și-n picioare vei sta,
Căci a Mea dreaptă sfântă te va ajuta.”
„De vei trece prin ape adânci și stihii,
Șuvoiu-ntristării nu te va-nghiți;
Voi fi lângă tine să schimb rău-n har,
Să sfințesc pe deplin chiar și-acel loc amar.”
„Încercarea de foc când în cale-ți va sta,
Din belșug harul Meu noi puteri îți va da.
Căci focul va arde doar vechi legături
Și îți va curăți aurul de-orice zguri.”
„Orice suflet ce-odihnă-a găsit în Isus,
Chiar de urlă vrăjmașii, nu va fi răpus!
Când iadul întreg să îl clatine-ar vrea,
Eu nicicând, nu, nicicând pe el nu-l voi lăsa!”
Compusă în 1787. S1S2S3S4S5

Versiunea Originală

Adapt. text în română: Daniel Suciu și Echipa Jubilate

1 How firm a foundation you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

2 "Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed,
for I am your God, and will still give you aid;
I'll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

3 "When through the deep waters I call you to go,
the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow,
for I will be with you in trouble to bless,
and sanctify to you your deepest distress.

4 "When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,
my grace all-sufficient shall be your supply;
the flame shall not hurt you; I only design
your dross to consume and your gold to refine.

5 "The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no, never, no never forsake!"

Povestea din Spate (EN)

John Rippon was pastor of Carter's Lane Baptist Church in London for more than half a century. Rippon loved hymns, and his hymnal, A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, became a best-seller among Baptist churches in England and America.

You would think that a title touting "Best Authors" would be careful to acknowledge the author's names. However, this hymn–– "How Firm a Foundation"––had only the initial K where the author's name should be. We think that the author was Robert Keene, the music director for Rippon's congregation––but we can't be sure.

In most hymnals, quotation marks enclose all the words except verse 1. That is because most of the words are quoted from the Bible––a line from here and another from there. The hymn relates a series of Godly assurances. "Fear not, I am with thee," it says––and then promises, "When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie, my grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply."

This has been an exceedingly popular hymn. At Robert E. Lee's request, it was sung at his funeral. It was also one of Theodore Roosevelt's favorites, and was sung at his funeral. But it shouldn't be reserved for funerals, because its assurance of God's help meets our needs through every chapter of our lives.

Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan

--www.lectionary.org