XIV. Justification by Faith, not by Works

1 Vain are the hopes the sons of men
On their own works have built;
Their hearts, by nature, all unclean,
And all their actions guilt.

2 Let Jew and Gentile stop their mouths,
Without a murmuring word;
And the whole race of Adam stand
In guilt before the Lord.

3 In vain, we ask God's righteous law
To justify us now;
Since — to convince, and to condemn —
Is all the law can do.

4 Jesus, how glorious is thy grace,
When in thy name we trust!
Our faith receives a righteousness
That makes the sinner just.

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First Line: Vain are the hopes, the sons of men
Title: Justification by Faith, not by Works
Publication Date: 1786
Language: English
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