O Come, O Come Emmanuel

There aren’t enough days in December to post all the wonderful Christmas music we’re privileged to hear and sing!  How our Lord’s birth inspires worship and praise!!  Many of these songs proclaim a wide range of Scripture references from both the Old and New Testaments.  Today’s selection is no exception.

O, Come, O Come Emmanuel’s very ti­tle refers to Isai­ah 7:14: “Be­hold, a vir­gin shall con­ceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Im­man­u­el.”  Rod of Jesse comes from the prophecy in Isai­ah 11:1: “There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse.”  Dayspring  is from Za­cha­ri­as’ proclamation and prophecy in Luke 1:78: “The day­spring from on high has vis­it­ed us!”  Thou Key of Da­vid is found in Isai­ah 22:22: “The key of the house of Da­vid will I lay up­on his shoul­der,” which also re­fers to Isai­ah 9:6 “The gov­ern­ment shall be up­on His shoul­der.”   Amen!!

I uploaded two versions of this hymn in the blue Music Box, so you can listen as you read.  I might even put up more!   At present, you’ll find Bebo Norman’s rich and thoughtful version, from his CD, Christmas…From the Realms of Glory, and Enya’s celtic melody from their And Winter Came CD. 


O Come, O Come Emmanuel
12th French hymn, translated by John M. Neale 

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 Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go. 

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

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight

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

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height
In ancient times did’st give the Law
In cloud, and majesty and awe

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, o Israel!!

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