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Behold the wicked borrows much and payet




Behold, the wicked borrows much,
and payeth not again:
Whereas the just by lib'ral gifts
the needy doth sustain.


For they whom God doth bless shall have
the land for heritage;
And they whom he doth curse likewise
shall perish in his rage.


The Lord the just man's steps doth guide,
and all his ways doth bless;
To every thing he takes in hand
he giveth good success.


Though he doth fall, yet he is sure
not utterly to sink;
For God upholds him with his hand,
and from him will not shrink.


I have been young, but now am old,
and never yet saw I
The just man left, neither his seed
reduced to beggary.


He gives always most lib'rally,
and lends where there is need;
By which he doth from God secure
a blessing to his seed.


Therefore flee vice and wickedness,
and virtue do embrace;
So God shall grant thee long to have
on earth a dwelling place.


For God so loveth equity,
and shows to his such grace,
That he preserveth them, but doth
cut off the wicked race.


Whereas the good and godly men
inherit shall the land;
Having as lord's all things therein
in their own pow'r and hand.


The just man's mouth doth ever speak
of matters wise and high;
His tongue doth talk of judgment, and
of truth and equity.


For in his heart the law of God
doth evermore abide;
So that wherever he doth go,
his foot shall never slide.


The wicked, like a greedy wolf,
the just man doth beset,
By all means seeking him to kill,
and take him in his net.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
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      Dates: 1560,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 37:21-32;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 37
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