O Thou, Before the World Began


O Thou, Before the World Began


1. O thou, before the world began,

Ordained a sacrifice for man,

And by th’eternal Spirit made

An off’ring in the sinner’s stead;

Our everlasting Priest art thou,

Pleading thy death for sinners now.

2. Thy off’ring still continues new

Before the righteous Father’s view.

Thyself the Lamb forever slain;

Thy priesthood doth unchanged remain.

Thy years, O God, can never fail,

Nor thy blest work within the veil.

3. Oh, that our faith may never move

But stand unshaken as thy love,

Sure evidence of things unseen;

Now let it pass the years between

And view thee bleeding on the tree:

My Lord, my God, who dies for me.

Text: William H. Turton, 1856–1938

Music: Frank W. Asper, 1892–1973

Doctrine and Covenants 45:3–5

1 Peter 2:24