Now let the feeble all be strong

Now let the feeble all be strong

Author: Philip Doddridge
Tune: ALSTONE
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1 Now let the feeble all be strong,
And make Jehovah's arm their song;
His shield is spread o'er every saint;
And, thus supported, who shall faint?

2 What though the hosts of hell engage,
With mingled cruelty and rage!
A faithful God restrains their hands,
And chains them down in iron bands.

3 Bound by his word, he will display
A strength proportioned to our day.
And when united trials meet,
Will show a path of safe retreat.

4 Thus far we prove that promise good,
Which Jesus ratified with blood:
Still is he gracious, wise, and just;
And still in him let Israel trust.


Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #70

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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Author: Philip Doddridge

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Now let the feeble all be strong. P. Doddridge. [Help in Temptation.] Written June 24, 1739, on 1 Cor. x. 13, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines [D. MSS.], and published by Job Orton in his posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 269, and again in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 294, with the original heading, "Temptation moderated by the Divine Fidelity, Power, and Love," changed, as in the Hymns, 1755, in "God's fidelity in moderating Temptations."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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