I had a debt I could not pay

I had a debt I could not pay,
He paid the debt He did not owe,
I needed someone,
To wash my sins away.
And now I sing a brand new song,
“Amazing grace” all day long,
Christ Jesus paid the debt,
That I could never pay.

Riverside, California, United States

Stanza #2

But that's not all

Christ lives in me

I once was blind but now I see

It pleased the Father

to reveal the Son in Me

That I become the same as He

Christ now is being formed in me

Till all my death is swallowed up in victory.

Ronald Grosinsky

Detroit, MI, United States

William C. Kieffer,

Here is your portuguese translation. It isn't that hard. I just copied the song and went to Google Translate.

On the left side I pasted the version I wanted translated, on the right side I clicked on Portuguese and this is what I came up with.

Good luck and may God be with you.

R. Grosinsky.


Eu tinha uma dívida que eu não podia pagar,

Ele pagou a dívida que Ele não devia,

Eu precisava de alguém,

Para lavar meus pecados.

E agora eu cantar uma canção nova marca,

"Amazing grace" durante todo o dia,

Jesus Cristo pagou a dívida,

Que eu nunca poderia pagar.

William C Kieffer

Catalão, Goiás

Does anyone know of a Portuguese translation of this hymn? We have been missionaries in Brazil for over 35 years. It would be so nice to discover a translation.

Benter Omadie

Fürstenwalde Spree, Brandenburg

I do sing a brand new song because Christ Jesus washed all my sins away. A debt I owed and could not pay (sin).

Tommie McCracken

Banbridge, County Down, United Kingdom

I was only a week saved in 1976 and went to my first church service in a wee pentecostal church they sang this song "I had a debt..." it touched me so much that I wept my way through the service people came and laid hands on me to pray with me. Each time I think of this wee chorus I always think of that first service I went to and realise how much the Lord loves me. Thank You Jesus.

Kevin Su

Santa Clara, CA, United States

I have a debt, I can never never pay, I don't even know You Lord, what causes You to pay for my sins, what causes You to pay the debt? Lord I kept turning away from You... Wow Lord truly You are full of grace and tender mercy! Lord I Love You.


Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Many thanks to pastor Chris who taught me song during Higher Life Conference.



Christ paid my debt and I am free. Amen.

Mark Varney


Here are the 2nd and 3rd verses:

He paid the debt on Calvary

He saved my soul and set me free;

I'm glad that Jesus did all my sins erase.

And now I sing a brand new song

Amazing grace the whole day long;

Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay.

Someday He's coming back for me;

I'll live with Him eternally.

Won't it be glory to see Him on that day?

And then I'll sing a brand new song

Amazing grace the whole day long;

Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay.


London, United Kingdom

Beautiful song but still wondering why there are no more stanzas or does anyone know a second stanza to this hymn?