John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 21
|When Joshua, by God's command,|
Invaded Canaan's guilty land;
Gibeon, unlike the nations round,
Submission made and mercy found.
2. Their stubborn neighbors who enraged,
3. He, from whose arm they ruin feared,
4. The men of Gibeon wore disguise,
|5. But Jesus invitations sends,|
Treating with rebels as his friends;
And holds the promise forth in view,
To all who for his mercy sue.
6. Too long his goodness I disdained,
7. Weak in myself for help I cried,
8. With speed to my relief he came,