The Incarnation and Sacrifice of Christ

Thus saith the Lord, Your work is vain

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 40 hymnals

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7 Thus saith the Lord, "your work is vain,
"Give your burnt off'rings o’er;
"In dying goats, and bullocks slain
"My soul delights no more."

8 Then spake the Saviour, “Lo, I’m here,
"My God, to do thy will;
"Whate’er thy sacred books declare,
"Thy servant shall fulfil.

9 "Thy law is ever in my sight,
"I keep it near My heart;
"Mine eyes are open'd with delight,
"To what thy lips impart."

10 And see, the blessed Redeemer comes,
Th’eternal Son appears,
And at th’appointed time assumes
The body God prepares.

11 Much he reveal'd His Father’s grace,
And much his truth he show'd,
And preach'd the way of righteousness
Where great assemblies stood.

12 His Father’s honour touched his heart,
He pity'd sinners’ cries,
And, to fulfil a Saviour’s part,
Was made a sacrifice.

13 No blood of beasts on altars shed
Could wash the conscience clean,
But the rich sacrifice he paid
Atones for all our sin.

14 Then was the great salvation spread,
And Satan’s kingdom shook;
Thus by the woman’s promis'd seed
The serpent’s head was broke.

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #P.XL.II

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: Thus saith the Lord, Your work is vain
Title: The Incarnation and Sacrifice of Christ
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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