Scripture Verse

Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. James 1:19


Asa B. Everett (1828–1875)

Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1998 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Foot­prints of Je­sus Asa B. Ev­er­ett, in The Ama­ranth, by At­ti­cus G. Hay­good & Rig­don M. Mc­In­tosh (Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see: 1871) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a bet­ter pho­to of Ev­er­ett,

Susan H. Peterson (1950–2004)


Everyone should be quick to list­en—hear now and heed—
Slow to speak, also slow to an­ger in word and deed.
Anger does not yield a life praised by the Lord,
So get rid of all sin and hum­bly ac­cept God’s Word.

If you list­en, but do not prac­tice, you’ll go as­tray,
Like a man who looks in a mir­ror, then goes away.
You must keep look­ing; God’s Word will set you free.
Don’t for­get what you’ve heard, but do it, and bless­ed you’ll be.

If you think you’re a mo­del Chris­tian, yet speak too free,
If your tongue has no rein, faith’s worth­less; you’ve been de­ceived.
Here’s faith the Fa­ther ac­cepts as pure and true:
Help the needy, keep from de­file­ment in all you do.