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How Prone We Are to Vanity

by Ken Puls Music



Based on 1 Corinthians 13

Perhaps the most self-indicting song I have written:
A Prayer for those who are battling pride, that God would humble us and that we would learn to speak the truth in love.

Lyrics ©2004 Ken Puls
Music ©2004 Tom Wells

Free Sheet Music for this hymn available at:


1. How prone we are to vanity

Even in the noblest things.

We study doctrine with great zeal,

Yet miss the grace it brings.

2. Though we might know all mysteries,

Deep truths explore and find,

There is no profit without love

In filling up our minds.

3. For if we speak but have not love,

We’re like a sounding brass,

And are but nothing even if

All knowledge we amass.

4. We give our gifts to help the poor,

To serve and clothe and feed,

And proudly think that we’ve done well

When we’re the ones in need.

5. We pray for others in their sins,

Exulting in our skill

At plucking specks from others’ eyes,

While beams obstruct ours still.

6. Now Father, bring us to our knees,

Our hearts before You bowed.

Come humble us with truth and grace,

Cast down the great and proud.

7. Protect us from the deadly path

Of holding truth in pride.

Fill us with faith and hope and love,

In these help us abide.

Words by Ken Puls
Words ©2004 Kenneth A. Puls


released July 23, 2013
Ken Puls, guitar and vocals
Nathan Puls, drums, bass and keyboard
Bethany Puls, flute

Recorded and mixed by Nathan Puls
Recorded in Cape Coral, Florida


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Ken Puls Music Cape Coral, Florida

Ken Puls is a follower of Jesus, husband, father, worship leader, guitarist and song writer. He teaches guitar and music theory at Florida Southwestern State College. He has composed over 60 songs and hymns, and has transcribed many songs and hymns for guitar. ... more

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