Scripture Verse

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16


August Crull

Words: Un­known au­thor, cen­to, 1791 (Al­so hat Gott die Welt ge­liebt). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Au­gust Crull in the Ev­an­ge­li­cal Lu­ther­an Hymn-Book, 1889.

Music: St. Cris­pin George J. El­vey, 1862 (🔊 pdf nwc).

George J. Elvey
National Portrait Gallery



God loved the world so that He gave
His only Son the lost to save
That all who would in Him believe
Should ev­er­last­ing life receive.

Christ Je­sus is the Ground of faith,
Who was made flesh and suffered death;
All that confide in Him alone
Are built on this chief Cornerstone.

God would not have the sinner die,
His Son with saving grace is nigh,
His Spi­rit in the Word doth teach
How man the blessèd goal may reach.

Be of good cheer, for God’s own Son
Forgives all sins which thou hast done,
And, justified by Je­sus’ blood,
Thy baptism grants the highest good.

If thou be sick, if death draw near
This truth thy troubled heart can cheer:
Christ Je­sus saves my soul from death;
That is the firmest ground of faith.

Glory to God the Fa­ther, Son,
And Ho­ly Spi­rit, Three in One!
To Thee, O blessèd Trinity,
Be praise now and eternally!