I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment. Genesis 18:19
Words: Philip Doddridge (1702–1751). Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 2:
God’s gracious approbation of a religious care of our families.
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Father of men, Thy care we bless,
Which crowns our families with peace:
From Thee they spring, and by Thy hand
Their root, and branches are sustained.
To God, most worthy to be praised,
Be our domestic altars raised;
Who, Lord of Heaven, scorns not to dwell
With saints, in their obscurest cell.
To Thee may each united house
Morning, and night, present its vows;
Our servants there, and rising race
Be taught Thy precepts, and Thy grace.
O may each future age proclaim
The honors of Thy glorious name,
While pleased, and thankful, we remove
To join the family above.