Representative text cannot be shown for this hymn due to copyright.
Versifier: Calvin Seerveld
Calvin Seerveld (b. 1930) was professor of aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto from 1972 until he retired in 1995. Educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; the University of Michigan; and the Free University of Amsterdam (Ph.D.), he also studied at Basel University in Switzerland, the University of Rome, and the University of Heidelberg. Seerveld began his career by teaching at Bellhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi (1958-1959), and at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois (1959-1972). A fine Christian scholar, fluent in various biblical and modern languages, he is published widely in aesthetics, biblical studies, and philosophy. His books include Take Hold of God and Pull (1966), The Gr… Go to person page >
st. 1 = Lev. 19:15
st. 2 = Lev. 19:16-17
st. 3 = Lev. 19:18
Leviticus 19:15-18, on which "Be Just in Judgment" is based, is part of a series of laws the LORD gave to Israel through Moses, saying, "Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy" (19:2). The LORD commands the people to live holy lives–that is, in a wholesome manner with their neighbors to bring honor to God, who is holy.
Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) wrote this song in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal as a challenge for the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS), Toronto, Canada (where he was a professor), and, more broadly, to all creatures, institutions, and cultural movements ¬to hear the enduring Word of the LORD.
By congregation or choir during the service of confession and forgiveness; other occasions inviting acts of dedication and commitment; services focusing on the roles of civil, business, academic, military, and ecclesiastical leaders.
Seerveld named his tune TORONTO, after his city of residence. This common-meter tune features an added fifth phrase that acts as a refrain. Sing lines 1 through 4 in harmony, but join together in unison on the refrain. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized TORONTO in 1986.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Display Title: Be Just in Judgment, Fair to AllFirst Line: Be just in judgment, fair to allTune Title: TORONTO (Seerveld)Author: Calvin SeerveldMeter: 86 86 4Scripture: Leviticus 19:15-18; Leviticus 19:18Date: 1987Subject: Covenant | ; Justice | ; Law of God | ; Obedience | ; Society/Social Concerns | ; Stewardship |
Display Title: Be Just in Judgment, Fair to AllFirst Line: Be just in judgment, fair to allTune Title: TORONTOAuthor: Calvin Seerveld, 1930-Meter: 188.8.131.52.4.Scripture: Leviticus 19:15-18Date: 1996Subject: Justice and Peace | ; Nation and Society |