Scripture Verse

Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22

Introduction

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Daniel W. Whittle
(1840–1901)

Words: Dan­i­el W. Whit­tle, 1880. Ap­peared in Gos­pel Hymns No. 4‎, by Ira D. San­key et al. (New York: John Church and Big­low & Main, 1881). Some hym­nals give the au­thor as El Na­than, one of Whit­tle’s pseu­do­nyms.

Music: St. Kjeld James Mc­Gra­na­han (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James McGranahan
(1840–1907)

Lyrics

Once more we come, God’s word to hear,
The word so pure and holy;
Now grant us, Lord, a listening ear,
A spirit meek and lowly;
For if we hear, and heed it not,

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We hear for condemnation;
For doers of the word, we’re taught,
Are heirs of Christ’s salvation.

The life of God is in the word;
And whosoe’er believeth
The record there of Christ the Lord
Eternal life receiveth;
But if we hear, believing not,

Refrain

The word of God, by faith received,
Imparts regeneration;
And he who hath in Christ believed,
Lives out a new creation;
But if we hear, and do it not,

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So when the word of God we hear,
Let us be humbly pleading
The Holy Ghost to give us light,
As we the word are heeding;
But if we hear, and feel it not,

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