Gibeon ( A John Newton Poem )

30 Aug

When Joshua, by God’s command,
Invaded Canaan’s guilty land;
Gibeon, unlike the nations round,
Submission made and mercy found.

Their stubborn neighbors who enraged,
United war against them waged,
By Joshua soon were overthrown,
For Gibeon’s cause was now his own.

He, from whose arm they ruin feared,
Their leader and ally appeared
An emblem of the Saviour’s grace,
To those who humbly seek his face.

The men of Gibeon wore disguise,
And gained their peace by framing lies;
For Joshua had no pow’r to spare,
If he had known from whence they were.

But Jesus invitations sends,
Treating with rebels as his friends;
And holds the promise forth in view,
To all who for his mercy sue.

Too long his goodness I disdained,
Yet went at last and peace obtained;
But soon the noise of war I heard,
And former friends in arms appeared.

Weak in myself for help I cried,
Lord, I am pressed on every side;
The cause is thine, they fight with me,
But every blow is aimed at thee.

With speed to my relief he came,
And put my enemies to shame;
Thus saved by grace I live to sing,
The love and triumphs of my King.


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7 responses to “Gibeon ( A John Newton Poem )

  1. Rob Barkman

    August 30, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Thanks for sharing Levi. I appreciate all these older saints and their commitment to Christ. It seems as if, for many of them, their lives were truly separated in entirety to honor Him in every aspect of his life (even their poetry). May we all seek to live lives in this same way!

    Lord bless you Levi.


    • Levi Thetford

      August 30, 2014 at 7:57 am

      Thanks, Rob. I love the older saints myself very much! I don’t know of men like them today in large number. May The Lord bring us to this place.


  2. Skye

    August 30, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Oh, to write like this. Thank you, Dear Levi. I love when you post these. 🙂


    • Levi Thetford

      August 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Every Saturday. Lol. It kind of gives me a day off. Lol. Hope you’re doing better?😀


  3. Elaine

    August 30, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. Until I started following your blog, I had no idea that John Newton wrote anything other than Amazing Grace–obviously I never looked! lol I enjoy them very much.


    • Levi Thetford

      August 31, 2014 at 5:00 am

      Good morning, Elaine. I think I found enough to post one ever Sat. for 3 years. Lol. he wrote much more than I realized as well. I’m glad you enjoy them. Have a great Lord’s Day. 😀


  4. Anna Waldherr

    April 23, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Still powerful today.



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