The Law of God is Good and Wise

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1 The law of God is good and wise
and sets his will before our eyes,
shows us the way of righteousness,
and dooms to death when we transgress.

2 Its light of holiness imparts
the knowledge of our sinful hearts
that we may see our lost estate
tnd turn from sin before too late.

3 To those who help in Christ have found
and would in works of love abound
it shows what deeds are his delight
and should be done as good and right.

4 But those who scornfully disdain
God's law shall then in sin remain;
its terror in their ear resounds
and keeps their wickedness in bounds.

5 The law is good, but since the fall
its holiness condemns us all;
it dooms us for our sin to die
and has no pow'r to justify.

6 To Jesus we for refuge flee,
who from the curse has set us free,
and humbly worship at his throne,
saved by his grace through faith alone.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #637

Author: Matthias Loy

Loy, M., President of the Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, contributed several original hymns, and translations from the German, to the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal. Published by Order of the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and Other States. Columbus, Ohio, 1880. The translations may be found through the Index of Authors, &c.; the original hymns are the following:— 1. An awful mystery is here. Holy Communion. 2. At Jesus' feet our infant sweet. Holy Baptism. 3. Come, humble soul, receive the food. Holy Communion. 4. Give me, 0 Lord, a spirit lowly. Humility desired. 5. God gave His word to holy men. Inspiration of Holy Scripture. 6. God of grace, Whose word is sure. Faithfulness. 7. How matchless is… Go to person page >

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First Line: The law of God is good and wise
Title: The Law of God is Good and Wise
Author: Matthias Loy (1863)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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