Scripture Verse

Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches. Jeremiah 9:23


Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Short Hymns (Bris­tol, Eng­land: E. Far­ley, 1762), num­ber 1190.

Music: Lu­ton George Bur­der, 1774 (🔊 pdf nwc).

George Burder (1752–1832)


Let not the wise his wisdom boast,
The mighty glo­ry in his might,
The rich in flattering riches trust,
Which take their ev­er­last­ing flight.

The rush of numerous years beats down
The most gigantic strength of man;
And where is all his wisdom gone,
When dust he turns to dust again?

One only gift can justify
The boasting soul that knows his God;
When Je­sus doth His blood apply,
I glo­ry in His sprinkled blood.

The Lord, my right­eous­ness, I praise,
I triumph in the love divine,
The wisdom, wealth, and strength of grace,
In Christ through endless ages mine.