Scripture Verse

There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts. 2 Peter 3:3

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Com­plaint of a gen­er­al cor­rup­tion of man­ners; or, the pro­mise and signs of Christ’s com­ing to judg­ment.

Music: Bing­ham, an­on­y­mous (���� pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Help, Lord, for men of virtue fail,
Religion loses ground,
The sons of violence prevail,
And treacheries abound.

Their oaths and promises they break,
Yet act the flatterer’s part;
With fair deceitful lips they speak,
And with a double heart.

If we reprove some hateful lie,
How is their fury stirred!
Are not our lips our own? they cry;
And who shall be our Lord?

Scoffers appear on every side,
Where a vile race of men
Is raised to seats of power and pride,
And bears the sword in vain.

Lord, when iniquities abound,
And blasphemy grows bold;
When faith is hardly to be found,
And love is waxing cold;

Is not Thy chariot hastening on?
Hast Thou not giv’n this sign?
May we not trust and live upon
A promise so divine?

Yes, saith the Lord, now will I rise,
And make oppressors flee;
I shall appear to their surprise,
And set My servants free.

Thy Word, like silver seven times tried,
Through ages shall endure;
The men that in Thy truth confide
Shall find the promise sure.