O Come, O Come

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight!
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of Might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud, and majesty, and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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2 comments ↓

#1 Kerry Jepson on 12.24.09 at 12:04 pm

When you read the words to this Christmas hymn, you realize that Israel was longing for a Saviour. The birth of Messiah was more than just a holiday, it was the birth of hope. They longed to be delivered from exile, Satan’s tyranny, dark shadows, misery, and the grave. But the last two lines tell it all — Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. Have any of us ever longed for Jesus in our lives to this depth?

#2 Kim on 12.24.09 at 2:12 pm

You’re so right, Kerry. I love the message of hope in this hymn.

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