Scripture Verse

I hate and abhor lying, but Thy law do I love. Psalm 119:163


Joseph P. Holbrook (1822–1888)

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 335.

Music: Han­dy Jo­seph P. Hol­brook, in Songs of the Sanc­tu­ary, ed­it­ed by Charles S. Ro­bin­son (New York: A. S. Barnes, 1868) (🔊 pdf nwc).


Deceit and false­hood I ab­hor,
But love Thy law, Thy truth re­vealed;
My stead­fast hope is in Thy Word;
Thou art my re­fuge and my shield;
The paths of sin I have not trod,
But kept the pre­cepts of my God.

According to Thy gra­cious Word
Uphold me, Lord, de­li­ver me;
O do not let me be ash­amed
Of pa­tient hope and trust in Thee;
O hold Thou me, and I shall stand
And ev­er fol­low Thy com­mand.

The fro­ward Thou hast set at naught
Who vain­ly wan­der from the right;
The wick­ed Thou dost count as dross;
Thy just de­crees are my de­light;
For fear of Thee I stand in awe
And re­ver­ence Thy most ho­ly law.