Scripture Verse

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9


Susan H. Peterson (1950–2004)

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

Music: Re­gent Square Hen­ry T. Smart, in Psalms and Hymns for Di­vine Wor­ship (Lon­don: 1867) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Henry T. Smart (1813–1879)


Love must be sin­cere and honest;
Hate what’s ev­il, keep the good.
Be de­vot­ed to each other;
Honor them as Je­sus would.
Never lack in zeal or fer­vor;
Serve the Lord with all your heart.

Patient, joy­ful, al­ways faith­ful,
In af­flict­ion, hope and pray­er.
Share with those who need as­sist­ance,
Always rea­dy your home to share.
Bless all those who per­se­cute you;
Bless and do not curse their names.

Joy with those who are re­joic­ing;
Weep with those who mourn their fate.
Live in peace; be not con­ceit­ed;
Mingle with those of low es­tate.
Never pay back wrong with ev­il,
Do what’s right in all men’s eyes.

Live at peace with ev­ery per­son;
Avenge not—God metes out wrath;
Give your en­emy food and wa­ter:
He may change his wick­ed path;
Don’t let ev­il tri­umph o’er you;
Overcome each wrong with good.