New Scripture Songs and Paraphrases in Metre produced by the Church’s Special Committee on Praise contains 34 Scripture songs from the Old and New Testaments.
The Committee has collected and edited 32 newly produced metrical versions of passages of Scripture from within the resources of the Free Church. Every effort has been made to produce versions which accurately convey the meaning of the original within the constraints of metre and rhyme. Metres already in use within the Free Church have been used.
Many of the passages appear among the Scottish Paraphrases, but these songs are entirely new versions, apart from 1 Peter 1:3-9 and 1 John 3:1-3 which are substantial revisions of Paraphrases 61 and 63 respectively. Two songs by Dr Nick Needham have also been included, one in altered metre, and we are grateful for his permission to use these. The recommended tunes are found in Sing Psalms, The Scottish Psalmody (both published by the Free Church of Scotland) and Praise! (Praise Trust).
1. Isaiah 40:27-31 Complaint and comfort
2. Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 The Suffering Servant
3. Isaiah 55:6-11 God’s word will accomplish his purpose
4. Luke 4:14-30 Jesus rejected in Nazareth
5. John 3:1-21 You must be born again
6. John 14:1-14 The way, the truth and the life
7. John 15:1-16 Jesus, the true vine
8. Romans 5:1-11 Justification and reconciliation
9. Romans 6:1-14 Dead to sin, alive in Christ
10. Romans 8:1-17 No condemnation, freedom in the Spirit
11. Romans 8:18-27 Present suffering, future glory
12. Romans 8:28-39 God’s sovereign salvation
13. 1 Corinthians 13 Love is the greatest
14. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Comfort for sufferers
15. 2 Corinthians 4:5-18 Hope of resurrection
16. 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 A house not built by human hands
17. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 The ministry of reconciliation
18. Ephesians 1:3-14 In love predestined
19. Ephesians 6:10-18 Put on the full armour of God
20. Philippians 2:5-11 Humiliation and exaltation of Christ
21. Colossians 1:15-20 Christ supreme over all things
22. Colossians 2:6-15 Freedom in Christ
23. Hebrews 4:14 - 5:9 Jesus the Great High Priest
24. Hebrews 12:1-13 Running the race of faith
25. Hebrews 13:20-21 Jesus the Great Shepherd of the sheep
26. 1 Peter 1:3-9 New birth to a living hope
27. 1 Peter 1:13-25 Called to be holy
28. 1 John 3:1-3 Children of God
29. Jude 24-25 Glory to God
30. Revelation 1:4-8 Jesus Christ the faithful witness
31. Revelation 5:6-14 The Lamb in the midst of the throne
32. Revelation 7:9-17 Gathered all before the Lamb
33. Revelation 15:1-4 The song of Moses and of the Lamb
34. Revelation 21:1-27 The new creation and the new Jerusalem
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