Justification by Faith, not Works

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1 Vain are the hopes the sons of men
On their own works have built:
Their hearts by nature all unclean,
And all their actions guilt.

2 Let Jew and Gentile stop their mouths,
Without a murmuring word;
And the whole race of Adam stand
Guilty before the Lord.

3 In vain we ask God's righteous law
To justify us now;
Since to convince and to condemn
Is all the law can do.

4 Jesus! how glorious is thy grace!
When in thy name we trust,
Our faith receives a righteousness
That makes the sinner just.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #370

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Vain are the hopes the sons of men
Title: Justification by Faith, not Works
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Vain are the hopes the sons of men. I. Watts. [Justification by Faith.] Published in his Hymns and Sacred Songs, 1709, Bk. i., No. 94, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed “Justification by Faith, not by Works; or, The Law condemns, Grace justifies, Rom. iii. 19-22." In the Draft of the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1745, it was given unaltered; in that of 1751 it was slightly changed; and in the authorised issue of the Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, No. xli., st. i., ii. were rewritten, but began with the original first line as above; st. iii. was taken from the Draft of 1751; and st. iv. unaltered from Watts. In the markings by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron these alterations are attributed to him. The use of the 1781 form of the text is far more extensive than that of the original. John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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EVAN (Havergal)

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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d818

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A New Version of the Psalms of David: fitted to the Tunes used in Churches #HLI

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs: with music for the Church and the Choir #388

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Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scriptural Collection #LI

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Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns, Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scripture Collection #LI

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.94

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H226

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Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #185

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Seamen's Hymns #387

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Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #432

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The Baptist Harmony #d424

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #135.320

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The Baptist Hymn Book #320

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