“Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted” by Thomas Kelly

Thomas Kelly was an Irish dissenting pastor during the 19th century who wrote over 750 hymns. Some may remember, “Look, Ye Saints, the Sight is Glorious,” but probably his most well-known hymn is “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted.” In that song, sin is seen in all of its depravity, and we are reminded of the price that was paid in order that we might enter into a covenant relationship with God. May the following words bring comfort to all who are resting in the finished work of Christ for their deliverance from the wrath and curse of God.

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!
‘Tis the long-expected prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
By His Son, God now has spoken
Tis the true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear him groaning,
Was there ever grief like his?
Friends thro’ fear his cause disowning,
Foes insulting his distress;
Many hands were raised to wound him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly,
Nor suppose the evil great
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed,
See who bears the awful load;
’tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost;
Christ’s the Rock of our salvation,
His the name of which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded,
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on him their hope have built.


1 Comment

  1. Carly said,

    June 23, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    That is one of my favorite hymns. Thank you for posting it!

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