Who has believed thy word

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This is an hymn by Isaac Watts, 1707, his Hymn 141 of Book 1, entitled The Humiliation and exaltation of Christ, based on Isaiah 53:1-5, 10-12.

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  • Jeremiah Ingalls — Elon

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1. Who has believed thy word,
Or thy salvation known?
Reveal thine arm, Almighty Lord,
And glorify thy Son.

2. The Jews esteemed him here
Too mean for their belief;
Sorrows his chief acquaintance were,
And his companion, grief.

 

3. They turned their eyes away,
And treated him with scorn;
But 'twas their grief upon him lay,
Their sorrows he has borne.

4. Twas for the stubborn Jews,
And Gentiles then unknown,
The God of justice pleased to bruise
His best-beloved Son.

 

5. "But I'll prolong his days,
And make his kingdom stand;
My pleasure," saith the God of grace,
"Shall prosper in his hand."

6."His joyful soul shall see
The purchase of his pain
And by his knowledge justify
The guilty sons of men.

 

7. "Ten thousand captive slaves,
Released from death and sin,
Shall quit their prisons and their graves
And own his power divine.

8. "Heaven shall advance my Son
To joys that earth denied;
Who saw the follies men had done,
And bore their sins, and died."

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