Begone, unbelief

Begone, unbelief,
  My Savior is near,
And for my relief
  Will surely appear;
By prayer let me wrestle,
  And He will perform;
With Christ in the vessel,
  I smile at the storm.
Though dark be my way,
  Since He is my Guide,
’Tis mine to obey,
  ’Tis His to provide;
Though cisterns be broken,
  And creatures all fail,
The word He hath spoken
  Shall surely prevail.
His love, in time past,
  Forbids me to think
He’ll leave me at last
  In trouble to sink:
Each sweet Ebenezer
  I have in review
Confirms His good pleasure
  To help me quite through.
Why should I complain
  Of want or distress,
Temptation or pain?
  He told me no less;
The heirs of salvation,
  I know from His Word,
Through much tribulation
  Must follow their Lord.
How bitter that cup
  No heart can conceive,
Which He drank quite up,
  That sinners might live!
His way was much rougher
  And darker than mine;
Did Christ, my Lord, suffer,
  And shall I repine?
Since all that I meet
  Shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet,
  The medicine, food;
Though painful at present,
  ’Twill cease before long,
And then, oh, how pleasant
  The conqueror’s song!
Patricia Nieuwsma

Pensacola, Florida, United States

This hymn Suzanna Spurgeon quoted in her last hours before departing from this life.

I have found the line, “Each sweet Ebenezer I have in review, confirms His good pleasure to help me quite through. ” To be a great reminder and comfort.

Because when we look back at God’s faithfulness, at how He intervened and helped in times past, it is evidence that He is good and faithful and will continue to be our help. When life is dark and we are tempted to feel hopeless, it’s good to remember our “Ebenezers” from God.

As Charles Spurgeon said, “God’s past deliverances beget faith”.

Dare Daniel

Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Relief, encouragement, comfort, confidence…


Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria

Thank you very much

Abimbola Julius

Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria

This hymn is of great impact in the enterprise of hope revival and faith. It is an evergreen song woven with lyrics of graceful and thoughtful words. Thank you for making this hymn available here.


Kaduna, Nigeria

Lovely song

Beautiful wording

Great encouragement.

Se-Ak Workplace


Jesus as my savior is one thing; as my Lord is another. You may reluctantly agreed with your doctor but owner demands submission.

I've been in argument for a while with Him but now in complete submission. It's now that I realized it's His mercy that help into that state finally so as to fully handle what's plaguing me in my argumentative state.

Yes truly, with Jesus in the vessel, I'll smile at the storm.

O seun o! Jesu.

Temidayo Dada

Ijebu Ode, Ogun, Nigeria

Begone, unbelief: Hallelujah!

Rosie Jarvis

Kettering, Northants, United Kingdom

Jesus had told the disciples to go into the boat but then they experienced frustration, rowing against the wind and tide. Often we start out on something the Lord has directed us into and we hit opposition and get frustrated…. As we welcome him into the situation refreshment comes and what had seemed so hard suddenly is achieved… this has happened to me with a course I’m doing, I was so frustrated and it was going round in my head but then I gave it all to the Lord and suddenly my direction was clear. Sometimes I forget to include him in things I maybe feel competent in… the disciples were seasoned fishermen and boaters but couldn’t do it without the presence of the Lord…this song is like my then tune at this season!!

Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

The Reverend John Newton, author of this hymn was born in London, July 24, 1725. The son of a sea-captain, he became a sailor, and for several years, led a reckless life. Once saved, he became a minister and settled as curate of Olney, Buckinghamshire, and later Rector of St. Mary’s of Woolnoth London, where he died, December 21, 1807. It was while living at Olney that he and William Cowper wrote and published the Olney hymns. His defiance to doubt in these lines is the blunt utterance of a sailor rather than the song of a poet:

Begone, unbelief, my Saviour is near,

And for my relief will surely appear.

By prayer let me wrestle and He will perform;

With Christ in the vessel I smile at the storm.

(Brown and Butterworth)

Maame Essie

Konongo, Asante Akyem, Ghana

Beautiful words, just reminding us of the faithfulness of God