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He gave himself for me

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1 The debt I owed I could not pay,
For I was helpless from the fall;
Yet still I heard the Spirit say
That Jesus paid it all.

He paid my debt upon the cross,
He died to set me free;
When nothing else could pay the loss,
He gave Himself for me.

2 The way was dark, I could not see,
My hope was gone, my faith was small,
Until the Word revealed to me
That Jesus paid it all. [Chorus]

3 By faith I saw Him bleed and die!
That dreadful day I now recall,
When nothing else could satisfy,
Then Jesus paid it all. [Chorus]

4 He saved my soul that once was lost,
He rescued me, a worthless thrall
I wonder, when I count the cost,
Why Jesus paid it all. [Chorus]

5 I found a place within His care,
The gates of death cannot appall;
His grace will keep me ever there,
For Jesus paid it all. [Chorus]

Source: Victory Songs: For the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services. #136

Author: Judson W. Van De Venter

Judson W. Van DeVenter was born 15 December 1855 on a farm near the village of Dundee, Mishigan. He was educated in the country and village schools, and at Hillsdale College. He later moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. He wrote about 100 hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The debt I owed I could not pray
Title: He gave himself for me
Author: Judson W. Van De Venter
Refrain First Line: He paid my debt



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