Text Source: Johann C. Burcke's Glauben-Schallende und Himmel-steigende Hertzens-Music, Leipzig, Germany, 1719 Composer: Unknown
1. Prove ye, prove ye ev’ry spirit, As the Master did command it; Know their works, not words alone, Men, as trees, by fruits are known. Are their fruits, their works and teaching Based on doctrines Christ was preaching? Do they love and teach the truth? Will their wisdom God approve?
2. Thus their righteousness beholding, All in outward form unfolding, Inwardly they will appear Hostile to Thy children here. He who lives in true obedience Can discern the voice and presence Of such strangers which draw near; May we flee when they appear.
3. Though the wolves be ever raging, Thou Thy fold art still defending. When such spirits do assail, We, who know Thee, will prevail. Lord, do Thou dispel confusion, Erring ones free from delusion. Saviour, may Thy fold increase, Grant us comfort, joy and peace!
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!