Elvina Hall was born in Alexandria, Virginia on June 4, 1822 and died July 18, 1889, in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. There is not much information on her but what I did find said she married Richard Hall of Virginia. After he passed away, she married a Methodist minister named Thomas Meyers.

As I listened to this hymn today and meditated on its words, it was evident that Elvina truly knew her Saviour and she knew her Bible. No one can pen these precious words and not have been in the Word!

Jesus Paid it All
Elvina M. Hall

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Refrain

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

Refrain

And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

Refrain

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

Refrain

When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

Refrain

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus’ feet.

Refrain

I would love to be able to write poetry like Elvina Hall wrote. She must have had hundreds of verses committed to memory to be able to write a hymn that so closely attached itself to verses from Scripture! In each one I was able to think of a Bible verse to go along with it.

I hear the Savior say: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. (Psa 66:19)

“Thy strength indeed is small: If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. (Pro 24:10)

Child of weakness, watch and pray: Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. (Mar 14:38 )

Find in Me thine all in all: And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (1 Co 15:28 )

Jesus paid it all: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (Rom 3:25)

Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isa 1:18 )

For nothing good have I: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isa 64:6)

I’ll wash my garments white, In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb: And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Rev 7:14)

And now complete in Him: And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (Col 2:10)

Close sheltered ’neath His side: Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. (Psa 57:1)

Thy power and Thine alone: For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. (Psa 86:10)

Can change the leper’s spots: And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. (Mar 1:40) And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. (Mar 1:41)

My ransomed soul shall rise: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Cor 15:52)

Jesus died my soul to save: For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. (Mat 18:11)

Shall rend the vaulted skies: For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Mat 24:27)

And when before the throne: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; (Rev 7:9)

I stand in Him complete: And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (Col 2:10)

I’ll lay my trophies down, All down at Jesus’ feet: The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, (Rev 4:10)

Are you not blessed by the amount of Scripture that can be thought of while reading her writings? I surely was blessed by it all. I consider this type of hymn to be the epitome of hymns because it points to the Word of God and focuses on the Scriptures! I hope you were as blessed with today’s hymn as I was! Praise the Lord and Amen!

15 Comments

  1. Lord, now indeed I find
    Thy power and Thine alone,
    Can change the leper’s spots
    And melt the heart of stone.

    This is obviously the verse the hymnwriter was referring to:

    Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

    But why did she use “leper” instead of “leopard”? At first I thought it was an error – both words sound similar, and if you only vaguely knew the passage in Jeremiah, you might have mistaken the word used.

    But then I thought a bit more and realized there was a profound difference she was getting across:

    1) Only God can change the physical spots on a leopard.

    2) Only God can change the spiritual spots on a leper – a sinner tainted by sin.

    Praise the Lord for this wonderful truth, for His power and gracious forgiveness that washes us whiter than snow!!

    Lord, now indeed I find
    Thy power and Thine alone,
    Can change the leper’s spots

    And melt the heart of stone.

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