489. The Law Commands and Makes Us Know

1 The Law commands and makes us know
What duties to our God we owe;
But 'tis the gospel must reveal
Where lies our strength to do His will.

2 The Law discovers guilt and sin
And shows how vile our hearts have been;
The gospel only can express
Forgiving love and cleansing grace.

3 What curses doth the Law denounce
Against the man that fails but once!
But in the gospel Christ appears,
Pard'ning the guilt of num'rous years.

4 My soul, no more attempt to draw
Thy life and comfort from the Law.
Fly to the hope the Gospel gives;
The man that trusts the promise lives.

Text Information
First Line: The Law commands and makes us know
Title: The Law Commands and Makes Us Know
Author: I. Watts, 1674-1748
Meter: L M
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Law and Gospel; Trinity 18
Tune Information
Composer: L. Bourgeois, c. 1510-1561
Meter: L M
Key: F Major

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