Oh death, where are your spiked tattoos

Text - Brahms A German Requiem

  German English I.     Matthew 5: 4 Blessed are those who suffer because they are to be comforted. Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted. Psalm 126: 5,6 Those who sow with tears will reap with joy.
They go and weep and bear noble seeds, and come with joy and bring their sheaves. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. II     1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is like grass, and all glory of man is like the flowers of grass. The grass has withered and the flower has fallen off. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away. James 5: 7 So be patient now, dear brothers, until the Lord's future. See, a farmer waits for the delicious fruit of the earth and is patient about it until he receives the morning rain and evening rain. Be patient therefore, Brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandmen waiteh for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endures forever. But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. Isaiah 35:10 The Lord's redeemed will come again, and come to Zion with exultation; eternal joy will be upon their heads; Joy and bliss will seize them and pain and sighing will have to go. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. III     Psalm 39: 4-7 Lord, teach me that there has to be an end with me and my life has a goal and I have to get away.
See, my days are a hand's breadth from you, and my life is like nothing before you.
Oh, like nothing are all people who live so safely. They therefore walk like a pattern and make them much in vain unrest; they collect and don't know who will get it. Well Lord, what should I comfort myself? I hope for you. Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee.
Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Wisdom of Solomon 3: 1 The righteous souls are in God's hand and no torment will touch them. But the souls of the right are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. IV     Psalm 84: 1,2,4 How lovely are your apartments, Mr. Zebaoth! My soul longs and longs for the courts of the Lord; my body and soul rejoice in the living God. Happy those who live in your house, they always praise you. How amiable are they tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Blessed are they that dwell in your house: they will be still praising thee. V.     John 16:22 You now have sadness; but I want to see you again and your heart should rejoice and no one should take your joy from you. And ye now therefore have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. Ecclesiasticus 51:27 Look at me: I have struggled and worked for a little while and have found great comfort. Ye see how for a little while I labor and toil, yet have I found much rest. Isaiah 66:13 I want to comfort you as one's mother comforts one. As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you. VI     Hebrews 13:14 Because we have no permanent place here, but we are looking for the future. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52, 54, 55 Behold, I tell you a secret: we will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed; and the same suddenly, in an instant, at the time of the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be turned. Then the word that is written will be fulfilled: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? Hell where is your victory Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
. . . Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is they sting? O grave, where is they victory? Revelation 4:11 Lord, you are worthy to receive praise and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they have the essence and are created. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. VII     Revelation 14:13 Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, the Spirit speaks, that they rest from their work; for their works follow them. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labor; and their works do follow them.