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Behold the man, how heavy lay

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1 Behold the man! how heavy lay
On Him the sinner's burden!
What grievous price Had He to pay,
That we might hope for pardon!
Such sorrows, since the world began,
Before were never seen by man,
Nor ever after witnessed.

2 Behold the man! it was for thee
Such shame and grief He suffered;
Now hear Him say: Behold, in Me,
The victim for thee offered!
The guilt was thine, I bore its load
For thee, atoning with My blood:
I died, from death to save thee!

3 Blest Jesus, God's beloved Son,
Who all my sins removest,
Exalted to Thy Father's throne,
Show that my soul Thou lovest.
And let Thy griefs and death, O Lord,
New life and peace to me afford,--
Thus glorify Thy mercy.

4 And when the world, when flesh and blood,
To paths of sin allure me;
'Gainst wand'ring from the heav'nly road,
Do Thou, O Lord, secure me;
In mercy cry to me: Behold,
The man who suffered ills untold
For thee!--Wilt thou forsake Me?

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #384

Author: Balthasar Münter

Münter (Muenter), Balthasar , born of Lorenz Münter, merchant in Lübeck, was born at Lübeck, March 24, 1735. He entered the University of Jena as a student of theology in 1754, graduated M.A. in 1757, and thereafter became lecturer and adjunct of the philosophical faculty. In 1760, Duke Friedrich III., of Gotha, appointed him assistant court preacher, and preacher at the Orphanage in Gotha, and then, in 1763, Superintendent at Tonna (Gräfen-Tonna) near Gotha. In 1765 he became first preacher at the German Church of St. Peter in Copen¬hagen, receiving, in 1767, the degree of d.d. from the University. He died at Copenhagen, Oct. 5, 1793 (Koch vi. 348; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie xxiii. 33, &c). Münter was a very popular and influe… Go to person page >

Translator: Henry Mills

Mills, Henry, D.D., son of John Mills, was born at Morriston, New Jersey, March 12, 1786, and educated at the New Jersey College, Princeton, where he graduated in 1802. After being engaged in teaching for some time at Morristown and elsewhere, he was ordained Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge, New Jersey, in 1816. On the opening of the Auburn Theological Seminary in 1821, he was appointed Professor of Biblical Criticism and Oriental Languages, from which he retired in 1854. He died at Auburn, June 10, 1867. In 1845 he published Horae Germanicae; A Version of German Hymns. This was enlarged in 1856. The translations are not well done, and very few are now in common use, although 18 and 9 doxologies were given in the Lutheran Ge… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Behold the man, how heavy lay
Original Language: German
Author: Balthasar Münter
Translator: Henry Mills
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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