Scripture Verse

Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16

Introduction

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Words: Au­thor un­known. Ar­ranged in The Wells of Sal­va­tion, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney & Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1881), num­ber 18, alt.

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick
(1838–1921)

Lyrics

O, study it carefully,
Think of it prayerfully,
Deep in thy heart let its pure precepts dwell;
O, slight not its history,
Ponder its mystery,
None can e’er prize it too fondly or well.

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O the Bible, blessèd Bible,
God’s truth is revealed in its pages;
It strengthens the young and it comforts the old,
It stands like a rock through the ages.

Accept the glad tidings,
The warnings and chidings,
We find in this volume of heavenly lore;
With faith that’s unfailing,
And love all prevailing,
Rely on its promise of life evermore.

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With fervent devotion,
And thankful emotion,
Oh, hear the blest welcome, respond to its call;
Life’s purest oblation,
The heart’s adoration,
Bestow on the Savior, who died for us all.

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This message of love
From the Triune above
To each nation and kindred, and people is giv’n;
The ransomed shall raise
Joyous anthems of praise,
Singing loud hallelujahs on earth and in Heav’n.

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