There Is a Balm In Gilead Hymn Lyrics
There is a balm in Gilead
to make the wounded whole,
there is a balm in Gilead
to heal the sin-sick soul.
Sometimes I feel discouraged
and think my work’s in vain,
but then the Holy Spirit
revives my soul again. Refrain
2 If you cannot preach like Peter,
if you cannot pray like Paul,
you can tell the love of Jesus
and say, “He died for all.” Refrain
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There is A Balm in Gilead Song History
There is a Balm in Gilead is one of the most famous Black American negro spirituals.
There have been various versions of this spiritual over the years and the first appearance of this spiritual in its present form is uncertain.
Washington Glass included it in his hymn “The Sinners Cure” in 1854 and attributed it to himself but it is definitely not his.
It appears to draw its inspiration from Jeremiah chapter 8 v. 22:
“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wounds of my people?”.
In this spiritual, the balm is spiritual medicine to deal with the sins of God’s people.