In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel

Hosea 12:3 

Struggling for mastery within 

Nature and grace I feel; 

But grace arrests my bosom-sin, 

And grasps his brother’s heel: 

The younger still his sway maintains, 

And treads the elder down, 

Till grace the heavenly birthright gains 

With an immortal crown. 

Selections from Charles Wesley’s Short Hymns on Select Passages of the Holy Scriptures (1762) 

Compiled by Kevin W. Greene, West End Presbyterian Church Richmond, VA, www.wepc.org

Painting – Horst, Gerrit Willemsz. (c.1612 – 1652) “Isaac blessing Jacob”