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The Greatest Words in the Bible and in Human Speech
The Most Beautiful Word (2 of 15)
Clarence E. Macartney
What is the most beautiful word, in the Bible or out
of it, spoken in heaven, or upon earth? Some thought
that mother is the most beautiful word. And a tender
and beautiful word it is. Some thought that grace is
the most beautiful word.
Grace! 'tis a charming sound,
Harmonious to mine ear.
Heaven with the echo shall resound
And all the earth shall bear.
-Rev. Philip Doddridge
Some thought that salvation is the most beautiful
word. "They shall call thy gates praise and thy walls
salvation." Some thought that Jesus is the most
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer's ear.
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his tear.
-Rev. John Newton
Some voted that come is the most beautiful word in the
Bible. It is, indeed, one of the great words of the
Bible. "Come, now, let us reason together, saith the
Lord." "Come, for all things are ready." "Come unto me
and I will give you rest." The Bible comes to a close
with the sweet music of that come. "The Spirit and the
bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, come.
And let him that is athirst, come. And whosoever will,
let him take the water of life freely."
But by far the greater number said that love is the
most beautiful word in the Bible and in human speech.
"Now abideth these three-faith, hope, and love, and
the greatest of these is love." But the most beautiful
word in the Bible, the most beautiful word spoken in
heaven or on earth, is the word forgiveness. There you
have love in action, for "herein is love, not that we
loved God, but that God loved us and gave His Son to
be a propitiation for our sins." Like all the colors
of the rainbow, this word forgiveness includes all the
attributes of God: His wisdom, power, holiness,
justice, goodness, and truth. "There is ...
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