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பேராச்சரியம் மீண்டேன் நான் (Amazing Grace)

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1. பேராச்சரியம் மீண்டேன் நான்
என்னென்று சொல்லுவேன்!
பாவி என்னை மீட்டீர் க்றிஸ்து
செத்த நான் பிழைத்தேன்.

2. நான் மீண்டதவர் கிருபை
நான் மீண்ட அந்நேரம்
விஸ்வாசித்துப் பெற்றுக் கொண்டேன்
துதிப்பேன் கர்த்தரை

3. பேராபத்து, பயங்கரம்
கடந்து வந்தேன் நான்
கிருபை என்னை நடத்திற்று
தொடர்ந்து நடத்தும்

4. ஆயிரம் ஆண்டு துதியும்
சிறிதும் போதாதே
அவரின் கிருபை அதற்கும்
ஈடில்லை என் செய்வேன்!

Words: John Newton (1725-1807)
Translated by Gnana Bhaktamitran

1. Pae-raa-cha-ree-yam meen-daen naan
En-ren-ru sol-lu-vaen!
Paa-vee en-nai mee-teer kris-thu
Seth-a naan pi-zhai-thaen.

2. Naan meen-da-dha-var ki-ru-bai
Naan meen-da an-nae-ram
Vis-vaa-si-thu pet-ru-kon-daen
Thu-dhi-paen kar-tha-rai.

3. Pae-raa-ba-thu, ba-yang-ga-ram
Ka-dan-dhu van-dhaen naan
Ki-ru-bai en-nai na-da-thi-tru
Tho-darn-dhu na-da-thum

4. Aa-yi-ram aan-du thu-dhi-yum
Si-ri-dhum poe-dhaa-dhae
A-va-rin ki-ru-bai a-dhar-kum
Ee-dil-lai en sai-vaen!

Hymn in English
1. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

2. T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

3. Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

4. When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

Devotional thoughts/historical background
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9)

John Henry Newton (July 24, 1725 – December 21, 1807) was a British sailor and Anglican clergyman. Starting his career at sea, at a young age, he became involved with the slave trade for a few years. After experiencing a religious conversion, he became a minister, hymn-writer, and later a prominent supporter of the abolition of slavery.

“Amazing Grace” is is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.
While aboard the ship Greyhound, Newton gained notoriety for being one of the most profane men the captain had ever met. In a culture where sailors commonly used oaths and swore, Newton was admonished several times for not only using the worst words the captain had ever heard, but creating new ones to exceed the limits of verbal debauchery. In March 1748, while the Greyhound was in the North Atlantic, a violent storm came upon the ship that was so rough it swept overboard a crew member who had been standing where Newton was moments before. After hours of the crew emptying water from the ship and expecting to be capsized, he offered a desperate suggestion to the captain, who ordered it so. Newton turned and said, “If this will not do, then Lord have mercy upon us!” He returned to the pump where he and another mate tied themselves to it to keep from being washed over. After an hour’s rest, an exhausted Newton returned to the deck to steer for the next eleven hours where he pondered what he had said.

About two weeks later, the battered ship and starving crew landed in Lough Swilly, Ireland. For several weeks before the storm, Newton had been reading The Christian’s Pattern, a summary of the 15th-century The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. The memory of the uttered phrase in a moment of desperation did not leave him; he began to ask if he was worthy of God’s mercy or in any way redeemable as he had not only neglected his faith but directly opposed it, mocking others who showed theirs, deriding and denouncing God as a myth. He came to believe that God had sent him a profound message and had begun to work through him.

He was the author of many hymns, including “Amazing Grace” and “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken.”

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