Scripture Verse

How should man be just with God? If he will contend with Him, he cannot answer Him one of a thousand. Job 9:1–2


Isaac Watts

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs, Book 1, 1707, num­ber 86. God, ho­ly, just and sov­er­eign. Al­tered forms have been pub­lished, start­ing with Ah, how shall fall­en man…

Music: Abid­ing Grace John S. Camp, 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc).

John S. Camp


How should the sons of Adam’s race
Be pure before their God?
If He contend in righteousness,
We fall beneath His rod.

To vindicate my words and thoughts
I’ll make no more pretense;
Not one of all my thousand faults
Can bear a just defense.

Strong is His arm, His heart is wise;
What vain perfumers dare
Against their Maker’s hand to rise,
Or tempt th’unequal war?

Mountains by His almighty wrath
From their old seats are torn;
He shakes the earth, from south to north,
And all her pillars mourn.

He bids the sun forbear to rise;
Th’obedient sun forbears:
His hand with sackcloth spreads the skies,
And seals up all the stars.

He walks upon the stormy sea;
Flies on the stormy wind:
There’s none can trace His wondrous way,
Or His dark footsteps find.