Be Just in Judgment, Fair to All

Be just in judgment, fair to all

Versifier: Calvin Seerveld (1985)
Tune: TORONTO (Seerveld)
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Versifier: Calvin Seerveld

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Text Information

First Line: Be just in judgment, fair to all
Title: Be Just in Judgment, Fair to All
Versifier: Calvin Seerveld (1985)
Language: English
Copyright: Text and music © 1987, Calvin Seerveld


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Lev. 19:15
st. 2 = Lev. 19:16-17
st. 3 = Lev. 19:18

Leviticus 19:15-18, on which "Be Just in Judgment" is based, is part of a series of laws the LORD gave to Israel through Moses, saying, "Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy" (19:2). The LORD commands the people to live holy lives–that is, in a wholesome manner with their neighbors to bring honor to God, who is holy.

Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) wrote this song in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal as a challenge for the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS), Toronto, Canada (where he was a professor), and, more broadly, to all creatures, institutions, and cultural movements ¬to hear the enduring Word of the LORD.

Liturgical Use:
By congregation or choir during the service of confession and forgiveness; other occasions inviting acts of dedication and commitment; services focusing on the roles of civil, business, academic, military, and ecclesiastical leaders.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


TORONTO (Seerveld)

Seerveld named his tune TORONTO, after his city of residence. This common-meter tune features an added fifth phrase that acts as a refrain. Sing lines 1 through 4 in harmony, but join together in unison on the refrain. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized TORONTO in 1986. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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