Return to There is a balm in Gilead (idea)

A traditional African-American [spiritual], based on text in [Jeremiah] in the [old testament]. [Jeremiah 8|"Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?"] The [hymn] answers his question - there is healing in [Gilead] through the [Holy Spirit].

Gilead, near the river [Jordan], was famed for its physicians and also for a [balm] made from a tree particular to the area. The balm was renowned far and wide for its healing powers.

The tune is very uplifting. I always feel strangely triumphant after we sing it in my [choir].

There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the [sin] sick soul.

Some times I feel discouraged,
And think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
Revives my soul again.


If you can’t preach like [Peter],
If you can’t pray like [St. Paul|Paul],
Just tell the love of [Jesus],
And say He died for all.


Alternate last verse:
If you cannot sing like angels
If you cannot preach like Paul
You can share the love of Jesus
And tell He died for all.