“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” (Micah 5:2)
Click here for hymn sheet: Bethlehem Bethlehem (final)
Bethlehem, Bethlehem, though you are small
From your cold crèche comes the Saviour of all
Though you are humble and hidden away
Mary’s son Jesus lies nestled in hay.
There lie the shepherds on your lonely hill
Waiting for daybreak, all silent and still
Suddenly, suddenly, thunder and light
Angels unnumbered burst forth in the night.
There in your stable, the one from of old
Sleeping contentedly, safe from the cold
None but the shepherds to welcome this guest
No great parade for the purest and best.
There in your hidden place, God became man
Helpless and needy, as heaven had planned
Grace and compassion, and love without end
He is our Saviour, the world’s greatest friend.
words and music by Gary Hicks, copyright 2010, 2015