Broadly speaking, any poetical composition in honor of God or suitable for use in a liturgical setting, i.e., in worship. With this understanding, many of the psalms in the OT fall into the category of “hymn,” but there are passages incorporated into other OT writings that can also be understood as hymns. These include, e.g., the Song of Moses (Exod 15:1-18), the Song of Miriam (Exod 15:21), and the Song of Hannah (1Sam 2:1-10). The early Christian church incorporated hymns in its liturgies (see, e.g., Acts 16:25), perhaps following the example of Jesus and the disciples at the Last Supper (Matt 26:30; Mark 14:26). Some of the best-known poetical compositions in the Gospels are found in Luke: the Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79), the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55), the Gloria (Luke 2:10-14), and the Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2:29-32). Some scholars affirm that there are short compositions or perhaps fragments from early Christian hymnody embodied in (John 1:1-18; Eph 5:14; Phil 2:6-11; Col 1:15-20; 1Tim 1:17; 1Tim 3:16; 1Tim 6:16; 2Tim 4:18; Rev 4:11; Rev 5:9-10; Rev 11:17-18; and Rev 15:3-4).
The Song of Moses
1Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
horse and rider he has t ... View more
21And Miriam sang to them:
“Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.”
1Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the Lord;
my strength is exalted in my God.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in my vi ... View more
25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
30When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Peter's Denial Foretold
26When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
68“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.69He has raised up a mighty savior for us
in the house of his ... View more
Mary's Song of Praise
46And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of ... View more
10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:11to you is born this day in the city of Da ... View more
29“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;30for my eyes have seen your salvation,31which you have prepared in the presence ... View more
The Word Became Flesh
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2He was in the beginning with God.3All things came into be ... View more
14for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being bo ... View more
The Supremacy of Christ
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, thing ... View more
17To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
16Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great:
He was revealed in flesh,
vindicated in spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among Gentiles,
believed i ... View more
16It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
11“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
9They sing a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God
saints from eve ... View more
“We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,
who are and who were,
for you have taken your great power
and begun to reign.18The nations raged,
but your wr ... View more
3And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
“Great and amazing are your deeds,
Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ... View more