Scripture Verse

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. 1 Corinthians 1:27

Introduction

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Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs, Book 1, 1707, num­ber 33. Ab­sur­di­ty of in­fi­de­li­ty.

Music: Church Jo­seph P. Hol­brook, in Songs for the Sanc­tu­ary, ed­it­ed by Charles S. Ro­bin­son (New York: A. S. Barnes, 1868) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hol­brook (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

Shall athe­ists dare in­sult the cross
Of our Re­deem­er, God?
Shall in­fi­dels re­proach His laws,
Or tram­ple on His blood?

What if He choose mys­te­ri­ous ways
To cleanse us from our faults?
May not the works of so­ve­reign grace
Transcend our fee­ble thoughts?

What if His Gos­pel bids us fight
With flesh, and self, and sin,
The prize is most di­vine­ly bright
That we are called to win.

What if the fool­ish and the poor
His glo­ri­ous grace par­take,
This but con­firms His truth the more,
For so the pro­phets spake.

Do some that own His sac­red name
Indulge their souls in sin?
Jesus should ne­ver bear the blame,
His laws are pure and clean.

Then let our faith grow firm and strong,
Our lips pro­fess His Word;
Nor blush nor fear to walk among
The men that love the Lord.