Though troubles assail, And dangers affright

Though troubles assail, And dangers affright. John Newton* (1725-1807). Written in February 1775 for a Sunday evening service at the Great House in Olney, and published in the Gospel Magazine (January 1777) entitled ‘Jehovah-jireh, i.e. The Lord will provide’, Gen. xxii. 14.’, referring to the provision of the ram which enabled Abraham to avoid killing his son. It was subsequently published in Olney Hymns (Book I Hymn VII), as ‘The Lord will provide’. ‘The Lord will provide’ ends each of the eight stanzas, the first of which refers to this episode (‘the scripture’) in Genesis: The scripture assures us The Lord will provide. In stanza 3 Newton draws on his experiences as a sea-captain to...

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