John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 97
One aweful word which Jesus spoke,|
Against the tree which bore no fruit;
More piercing than the lightning's stroke,
Blasted and dried it to the root.
2. But could a tree the Lord offend,
3. The fig-tree by its leaves was known,
4. Too many, who the gospel hear,|
Whom Satan blinds and sin deceives;
We to this fig-tree may compare,
They yield no fruit, but only leaves.
5. Knowledge, and zeal, and gifts, and talk,
6. Without the fruit the Lord expects
7. O Lord, unite our hearts in prayer!|
On each of us thy Spirit send;
That we the fruits of grace may bear,
And find acceptance in the end.
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