What can wash away my sin

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
  Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
  Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
For my cleansing this I see—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
For my pardon this my plea—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Nothing can my sin erase
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Naught of works, ’tis all of grace—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
This is all my hope and peace—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
This is all my righteousness—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Ibimina Braide Abiye

Portharcourt, Rivers, Nigeria

Indeed not of works but Grace by the blood.

Katherine Shelfer

The first 2 lines popped into my head while I was studying Romans 3:25-128. I am profoundly hearing impaired these days and rely on a cochlear implant. My church homes have long-since stopped singing it. Thank you for posting the words, so that I can hear this wonderful hymn again in my head. Today, it suddenly meant more than it ever has.

Briana Griffin

Wilmington, NC, United States

This helped me so much. You're such a blessing in my life. To sing this song, it is just so good and blessed by God to have a good song given the glory to God, whom it belongs to!

Ed B.

Stafford, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Thank you. 😊 it's a real blessing.

Justin Lacy

Baltimore, MD, United States

Found your site by mistake. What a blessing. In a contemporary world, classic hymns always speaks to a deeper hunger within and satisfies my soul. Thank God for the scripture and Truth that is found within the hymns. Timeless.

Ryan Danek

It's all grace.



It's not of works - it's all of grace! Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Praise God for providing the way for us to come to Him.

Stuart Rosen

Matthews, North Carolina, United States

Thanks for making this site. This has been an absolute blessing. Thank You Jesus for all You have done and continue to do.

Bro Okunbor Hycent

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

This song just brought tears in my eyes. Reminding me the love of God.

Barry Chant

Miranda, NSW, Australia

For ages I have wanted to comment on Robert Lowry's popular hymn Nothing but the Blood of Jesus. There is a question about whether the Bible itself ever talks of being 'washed' in the blood (in Rev 1:5 the verb is better translated 'loosed' or 'freed'). But my point here is a wistful sadness that the word 'sin' is so often used in the first line rather than 'stain'. There is evidence that the latter was Lowry's choice. Of course it rhymes better with 'again' in the third line. But more to the point, it is such a colourful word. How easily we can picture the ugly stain of sin blackening our lives like a huge ink-spill. What a pity the more common but less pointed word 'sin' is so often used. Of course, both terms are theologically correct. But the charm of poetry is largely that it can create images that make us envision things in a new and vivid way. Language is one great gift God has given us that separates us from the rest of creation. It is important to make full use of its marvellous potential. It is also worth lamenting that one modern update of the song uses the lazy term 'gonna' more than once. If you are wondering what on earth I am on about, and how creative and beautiful language can evoke an indescribable deep yearning and incomparable inward delight in the human soul, don't worry. Just turn the TV back on.