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Justification by Faith, not Works

Representative Text

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)

Tune

NAOMI (Nägeli)

NAOMI was a melody that Lowell Mason (PHH 96) brought to the United States from Europe and arranged as a hymn tune; the arrangement was first published in the periodical Occasional Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1836). Some scholars have attributed the original melody to Johann G. Nageli (PHH 315), but there…

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EVAN (Havergal)

This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list.

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MEDFIELD


Timeline

Instances

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

A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship approved by the Presbytery of Charleston #d158

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #49

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A New Version of the Psalms of David #HLI

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #64

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #117

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #117

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #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

Baptist Harmony #d236

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d959

Chapel Hymns #d608

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Christian Melodies #332

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Christian Melodies #332

Christian Mission Hymns #d35

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d561

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1106

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Church Psalmist #387

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Church Psalmist #387

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Church Psalmody #H285

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Church Psalmody #285

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Church Psalmody #541

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #XIV

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #XIV

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #H.XIV

Gospel Hymn and Tune Book #d386

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #104

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #250

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #250

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #512

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #512

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books #I.XCIV

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Hymns for Christian Melody #183

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Hymns for Social Worship #56

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Hymns for the Reformed Church in the United States #346

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship #399

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1198

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #285

Melodies of the Church #d1061

Parish Psalmody #d874

Parish Psalmody #d890

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Pocket Hymns #176

Primitive Baptist Hymn Book for All Lovers of Sacred Song. 3rd ed. #d196

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d863

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d892

Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d1074

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d861

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

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #111

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H226

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Psalms and Hymns #327

Sacred poetry #d509

Sacred Poetry #d507

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Sacred Poetry #H.CCLXI

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Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases #R46

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Seamen's Hymns #387

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d650

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Social Psalmist #387

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad1181

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Songs for the Sanctuary #432

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Songs for the Sanctuary #432

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #432

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Songs of the Church #236

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d939

The Baptist Harmony #d412

The Baptist Harmony #d424

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #320

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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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The Baptist Hymn Book #302

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The Baptist Psalmody #397

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The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #272

The Choice #H79

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The Choice #H79

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #169

The Church Hymn Book #d1066

The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d955

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The Congregational Hymn Book #414

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The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book #276

The Devotional Hymn Book #d510

The Good Old Songs #d595

The Hymnal of the Reformed Church in the United States #d685

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The Lyrica #223

The Modern Harp #d290

The National Baptist Hymn Book #d561

The National Baptist Hymn Book #ad561

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The National Baptist Hymnal #237

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The New Baptist Psalmist and Tune Book #162

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The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #333

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The People's Hymnal #185

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The Presbyterian Book of Praise #120

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