Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty, and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence. 1 Corinthians 1:26–29
Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Sacred Songs, Book 1, 1707, number 96.
Election excludes boasting.
Music: Downs Lowell Mason, 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).
But few among the carnal wise,
But few of noble race,
Obtain the favor of Thine eyes,
Almighty King of grace.
He takes the men of meanest name
For sons and heirs of God;
And thus He pours abundant shame
On honorable blood.
He calls the fool, and makes him know
The mysteries of His grace,
To bring aspiring wisdom low,
And all its pride abase.
Nature has all its glories lost
When brought before His throne;
No flesh shall in His presence boast,
But in the Lord alone.