Scripture Verse

By one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14


Catherine Winkworth

Words: Jus­tus Ge­sen­i­us, 1646, cen­to (Wenn meine Sünd’ mich kränk­en). Stan­za 1 trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, 1863. Com­po­site trans­la­tion of stanzas 2–4.

Music: Wenn meine Sünd’ Mi­chael Prae­tor­i­us, 1609 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Michael Praetorius


When o’er my sins I sorrow,
Lord, I will look to Thee
And hence my comfort borrow
That Thou wast slain for me;
Yea, Lord, Thy precious blood was spilt
For me, O most unworthy,
To take away my guilt.

Oh, what a marvelous offering!
Behold, the Mas­ter spares
His servants, and their suffering
And grief for them He bears.
God stoopeth from His throne on high;
For me, His guilty creature,
He deigns as man to die.

My manifold trans­gress­ion
Henceforth can harm me none
Since Je­sus’ bloody passion
For me God’s grace hath won.
His precious blood my debts hath paid;
Of hell and all its torments
I am no more afraid.

Therefore I will for­ev­er
Give glo­ry unto Thee,
O Je­sus, loving Sav­ior,
For what Thou didst for me.
I’ll spend my breath in songs of thanks
For Thy sad cry, Thy sufferings,
Thy wrongs, Thy guiltless death.