Scripture Verse

The time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor Me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. John 16:2–4

Introduction

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Short Hymns (Bris­tol, Eng­land: E. Far­ley, 1762), Vol­ume 2, num­ber 475, page 262.

Music: Gött­ing­en, in The Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by George Booth (Lon­don: Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Pub­lish­ing House, 1889), num­ber 1007 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

The world, who know not God,
Must hate the men that do,
And live by faith in Jesus’ blood,
And Jesus’ tempers show:
And if the sons of night
Usurp the Christian name,
They still abhor the sons of light,
In every age the same.

Their ignorance, we find
The ground of enmity,
That hatred of the carnal mind
Against Thy church and Thee:
But warned by Thee, our Lord,
We suffer all their ill,
Who every day deny Thy Word,
And every day fulfill.