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382. Lord, We Confess Our Numerous Faults

1 Lord, we confess our num'rous faults;
How great our guilt has been!
Foolish and vain were all our tho'ts,
And all our lives were sin.

2 But, O my soul, forever praise,
Forever love His name,
Who turns thy feet from dang'rous ways
Of folly, sin, and shame.

3 ’Tis not by works of righteousness
Which our own hands have done,
But we are saved by God's free grace
Abounding thro' His Son.

4 ’Tis from the mercy of our God
That all our hopes begin;
’Tis by the Water and the Blood
Our souls are washed from sin.

5 ’Tis through the purchase of His death
Who hung upon the tree,
The Spirit is sent down to breathe
On such dry bones as we.

6 Raised from the dead, we live anew;
And, justified by grace,
We shall appear in glory, too,
And see our Father’s face.


Text Information
First Line: Lord, we confess our num'rous faults
Title: Lord, We Confess Our Numerous Faults
Author: Isaac Watts (1709, alt.)
Meter: C.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Scripture: ;
Topic: Faith and Justification
Tune Information
Meter: C.M.
Key: F Major
Source: "Psalter," John Day, 1562

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