R. It is the Lord who deals death and life.
1. It is close, the day of their ruin;
their doom comes at speed.
For the Lord will see his people righted,
he will take pity on his servants. (R.)
2. See now that I, I am he,
and beside me there is no other god.
It is I who deal death and life;
when I have struck it is I who heal. (R.)
3. When I have whetted my flashing sword
I will take up the cause of Right,
I will give my foes as good again,
I will repay those who hate me. (R.)
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.