Scripture Verse

Not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. Romans 2:13


Words & Mu­sic: Phi­lip P. Bliss, The Charm (Ch­i­cago, Il­li­nois: Root & Ca­dy, 1871), num­ber 98 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Philip P. Bliss

The verse in Rev. xxii, 14, sug­gest­ed this hymn. The tune was a fa­vo­rite with Mr. Bliss, but af­ter he learned more ful­ly the full­ness of the Gos­pel, he was dis­sa­tis­fied with the words on ac­count of the imp­ress­ion they left that the right to the tree of life was secured by our do­ing. It seemed clear to him that the trans­la­tion of the verse in ques­tion claimed by many of the com­ment­a­tors, Bless­ed are they that have washed their robes, that they may have right the tree of life, etc. must be the cor­rect one, and it took away all Scripture au­thor­i­ty for the teach­ing of his hymn in that di­rec­tion.

The truth pre­sent­ed in the Scrip­tures as to saved ones walk­ing in the path of ob­ed­ience, he could with a lit­tle change have taught in the hymn, and this he in­tend­ed do­ing. Dur­ing his last week in Rome [Penn­syl­van­ia], he called the at­ten­tion of his bro­ther-in-law, Mr. Young, to the above points of ob­jec­tion to the words, and said: I can­not use it as it is. I see so clear­ly its con­tra­dic­tion of the Gos­pel that I have no li­ber­ty in sing­ing it, and must make a change in it be­fore it goes in­to an­o­ther book. This was the on­ly hymn he had writ­ten, that I am aware of, that is li­a­ble to cri­ti­cism in this di­rec­tion.

Whittle, p. 131


Hear the words our Savior hath spoken,
Words of life, unfailing and true;
Careless one, prayerless one, hear and remember,
Jesus says, Blessèd are they that do.


Blessèd are they that do His commandments,
Blessèd are they, blessèd are they;
Blessèd are they that do His commandments,
Blessèd, blessèd, blessèd are they.

All in vain we hear His commandments,
All in vain His promises, too;
Hearing them, fearing them, never can save us,
Blessèd, O blessèd, are they that do.


They with joy may enter the city,
Free from sin, from sorrow and strife,
Sanctified, glorified, now and forever,
They may have right to the tree of life.