Scripture Verse

Do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, We have Abraham for our father; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. Matthew 3:9

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs, Book 1, 1707, num­ber 99. Stones made child­ren of Ab­ra­ham.

Music: York. Me­lo­dy from the Scot­tish Psal­ter, 1615. Har­mo­ny by John Mil­ton (1562–1647) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Saint John the Baptist and the Pharisees

Lyrics

Vain are the hopes that rebels place
Upon their birth and blood,
Descended from a pious race;
Their fathers now with God.

He from the caves of earth and hell
Can take the hardest stones
And fill the house of Abra’m well
With new-created sons.

Such wondrous power doth He possess
Who formed our mortal frame,
Who called the world from emptiness,
The world obeyed and came.