In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God
John 1:1 0
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In this version, the hymn is set to an American folk tune known as "Nettleton", composed by printer John Wyeth. The tune may have originated with Asahel Nettleton. The lyrics, which dwell on the theme of divine grace, are based on 1 Samuel 7:12, in which the prophet Samuel raises a stone as a monument, saying, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us" (KJV). The English transliteration of the name Samuel gives to the stone is Ebenezer, meaning Stone of Help. The unusual word Ebenezer commonly appears in hymnal presentations of the lyrics (verse 2).

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