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    Okay, so I was thinking about doing the hymn, "The Love of God", which is an oldie but a goody, but I just can't figure out what one of the lines means, and I'm not going to stand in front of the congregation and ask them to sing something when I don't know what it means. The line I'm wondering about is "The guilty pair bow down with care." Maybe it's obvious and I'm just missing it. Anyone know what that means?

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    I guess I always thought it referred to the highest star and lowest hell, but now that I see it in context, I think it's a hypothetical (maybe a couple out of wedlock?).

    The love of God is greater far
    Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
    It goes beyond the highest star,
    And reaches to the lowest hell;
    The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
    God gave His Son to win;
    His erring child He reconciled,
    And pardoned from his sin.

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    • #3
      It refers to Adam and Eve, and then through the fall, all of us.

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      • #4
        That's what I was thinking.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bobbygilles View Post
          It refers to Adam and Eve, and then through the fall, all of us.
          It makes so much sense now!
          Thanks.

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          • #6
            The guilty pear

            When I was a kid I always imagined a pathetic, sobbing piece of fruit.

            I had other issues, too.

            trent
            Last edited by Trent; 08-22-2008, 01:47 PM. Reason: mis-print

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            • #7
              That cracks me up.

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              • #8
                I was going to assume Adam and Eve as well.
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                • #9
                  Mercy Me has a great version of this song. We did it a few weeks ago.

                  Nathan

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                  • #10
                    That's the version we're about to do.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bobbygilles View Post
                      It refers to Adam and Eve, and then through the fall, all of us.
                      This sounds convincing.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Trent View Post
                        The guilty pear

                        When I was a kid I always imagined a pathetic, sobbing piece of fruit.
                        LOL!!!

                        As a kid we used to sing the gospel hymn “I will praise Him” in the Nazarene church we attended when i was in grade school. The line “Praise the Lamb for sinners slain” always bothered me. I thought why were they praising God for killing off sinners?

                        In the 80s there was a CCM song “Love Crucified Arose”. Even now when I hear it I hear “love crucified a rose. “
                        Last edited by Dave-W; 05-24-2020, 07:14 AM.

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