266. Joy to the World

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1 Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her king;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing.

2 Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy.

3 No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.

4 He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love.

Text Information
First Line: Joy to the world! the Lord is come!
Title: Joy to the World
Author: Isaac Watts (1719, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: CM
Scripture: Genesis 3:17-18; Psalm 96; Psalm 98:4-9; Isaiah 52:7-10; Isaiah 55:12-13; Malachi 3:1-4; Matthew 24:14; Luke 2:10-11; Romans 5:20; Galatians 3:13; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 22:3
Topic: Jesus Christ: Ascension and Reign
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: RICHMOND
Composer: Thomas Haweis (1792 c.)
Adapter: Samuel Webbe Jr. (1808)
Meter: CM
Key: F Major or modal
Notes: (alternate tune: ANTIOCH, 134)


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While Isaac Watts did not write this text strictly for Christmas use, he did purposely cast his paraphrase of Psalm 98:4–9 in Christian terms, titling it “The Messiah’s coming and kingdom.” So “the Lord” here is Jesus Christ, rather than the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.


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