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Jim Swanson’s 239 KJV Scripture Songs



In 1974 I began teaching grades 3 through 6 in a Christian school near Chattanooga, Tennessee. After lunch, I would grab my guitar and we would sing choruses together. It was great fun and a refreshing break from the academics of the day.

Some of the younger students were slow at learning their weekly memory verse and I pondered how I could help these youngsters learn God’s Word. We had sung songs like, “I am the Resurrection and the Life,” and “I will sing of the Mercies of the Lord forever,” so I thought, “Why not compose a tune for this week’s memory verse?” We started singing Ephesians 4:32, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, and Colossians 3:23. This was so successful that I began writing tunes for other verses as well. My pastor and friends were a great encouragement and the ministry expanded.

The motive for writing the songs was not only to teach verses but also to help all of us meditate on the Scripture. I frequently have a song running through my head. When the words to the song are Scripture, it causes me to think over and over of what God has said. Those who meditate on Scripture have some wonderful promises they can claim (e.g. Psalm 1:1-3; Joshua 1:8, etc.) I set these guidelines:

  • I would use the King James Version;
  • I would use the exact words of the verse(s), not paraphrase them.

I chose the KJV for several reasons. First, I was most familiar with it. Second, I felt it was the most accurate and trustworthy translation of the original. Third, I was uncomfortable with a business copyrighting God’s Word, and, by using the KJV, I avoided this. Fourth, the uniqueness and beauty of the translation made it easier to set the words to music.

I did not want to paraphrase the verses because what the Scriptures mean to me is secondary to what God actually said and means. By rendering the exact words, those who learn the songs are meditating on the actual words of Scripture and the Spirit of God can use His Word to teach them about the Lord. – Jim Swanson

Romans 5:1-14 Scripture Song KJV Video Devotion


Romans 5:1-14 Scripture Song KJV Video Devotion 
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into his grace wherein we stand , and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die : yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die . 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more,being reconciled , we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. 12 Wherefore , as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned : 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come .

by the jrking1978 youtube channel


Missouri Hitchcock Family Offers Free Accapella Scripture Songs

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You had me at Free Scripture songs… 103 and counting!

You can help you hide God’s Word in your heart easily, accurately, and permanently.  Through this Internet outreach of the Hitchcock Family Ministry, made available for free download a large collection of verbatim KJV Scripture songs.

These Scripture songs were given to us by the Lord over a period of 35 years, and have proven an invaluable aid to memorizing the Word.  The tunes are memorable, even for those with no musical inclination, and every word in every Scripture song is taken directly from the King James Version of the Bible.

With each Scripture song, we have included our own short commentary.  It is our hope that the Scripture songs here will help you equip yourself with the “Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Eph. 6:17), and that your understanding will be deepened by the other thoughts shared.

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