Against Scoffing and Calling Names

Words: Isaac Watts, "Divine and Moral Songs for Children"
  Altered version for those who like to criticize the faults of the ministry.

   O Child of God, Ira David Sankey (1840-1908)
   Alternate: For Even From My Youth, O God, Dwight Armstrong
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  1  Our tongues were made to bless the Lord,
        And not speak ill of men:
     When others give a railing word,
        We must not rail with them.   
     Cross words and angry names required
        To be chastised at school;
     But he's in danger of hell fire
        That calls his brother fool.
  2  But lips that dare be so profane
        To mock, and jeer, and scoff
     At ministers, or ordained men,
        The Lord shall cut them off.   
     When children, in their wanton play,
        Served old Elisha so,
     And bade the prophet go his way,
        "Go up, thou bald head, go!"
  3  God quickly stopped their wicked breath;
        And sent two raging bears,
     That tore them limb from limb to death,
        With blood, and groans, and tears.   
     Great God! How terrible art thou
        To sinners e'er so young:
     Grant us thy grace, and teach us how
        To tame and rule our tongue.

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