Scripture Verse

We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness. 1 Corinthians 1:23


John B. Dykes

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs 1707–09, Book 2, num­ber 119. The dif­fer­ent suc­cess of the gos­pel.

Music: St. Ag­nes John B. Dykes, in Hym­nal for Use in the En­glish Church, by John Grey, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Isaac Watts


Christ and His cross is all our theme;
The mysteries that we speak
Are scandal in the Jew’s esteem
And folly to the Greek.

But souls enlightened from above
With joy receive the word;
They see what wisdom, power, and love
Shine in their dying Lord.

The vital savor of His name
Restores their fainting breath;
But unbelief perverts the same
To guilt, despair, and death.

Till God diffuse His graces down,
Like showers of heav’nly rain,
In vain Apollos sows the ground,
And Paul may plant in vain.