1 The wicked Man's Transgression proves,
He fears not GOD, but Falshood loves;
Mischievous Arts conceiving;
The crafty Foe, with flatt'ring Lies,
His cursed Purpose would disguise,
In him there's no believing:
But his dark Plots expos'd to Shame,
Shall shew his Friendship's but a Name,
Whate'er is his Profession;
His wakeful Malice spends the Night,
In forging his accursed Spite,
In Schemes of great Oppression.
But Reason whispers to my Heart,
No Fear of God's before his Eyes.
2 But, LORD, thy Mercy's, my sure Hope,
Thy sacred Truth's unmeasur'd Scope,
Beyond the Skies extending;
Thy Justice like the Hills remains,
Thy Providence the World sustains,
All Things on thee depending.
Since of thy Goodness all partake,
Thy shelt'ring Wings the Saints shall make,
A Refuge for protection.
Such Guests shall to thy Courts be led,
And drink as from a Fountain Head,
Of Joys, in full Perfection.
3 Thy Presence is eternal Day,
To upright Hearts, O LORD! display,
Thy Truth's invalued Treasure;
Oh! let thy Saints thy Favour gain!
With thee the Springs of Life remain,
The Springs of Joy and Pleasure.
Whilst they, at me, insulting spurn,
Their Mischiefs on themselves return,
For thou hast me protected:
My harmless Life they would surprize,
But down they're fall'n no more to rise,
By all Mankind rejected.
GENEVAN 68 is usually attributed to Matthäus Greiter (b. Aichach, Bavaria, 1490; d. Strasbourg, France, 1550). It was published as a setting for Psalm 119 in Das dritt theil Strassburger Kirchenampt (1525), which Greiter and his friend Wolfgang Dachstein edited. Greiter studied at Freiburg Universi…
Display Title: The wicked Man's Transgression provesFirst Line: The wicked Man's Transgression provesTune Title: [The wicked man's transgression proves]Scripture: Psalm 36Date: 1767Subject: Description of | Impiety; Prayers | Of the Church for her Preservation and Prosperity in all Ages; Songs of Praise to God | the Creation and Providence; Thanksgivings | For diverse Mercies shown to the Chruch