Hymns about the Parable of the House upon the Rock (AKA wise and foolish builders)

This is a selection of hymns and songs based on the parable of the wise and foolish builders.

It does not include hymns about other topics which can be inferred from the parable, just ones which relate directly to it.

The list is grouped into two sections:
  • Free-use (either copyright has expired, or the author has allowed them to be freely used)
  • Still subject to copyright and so can only be used if you are covered by a copyright license.

Both children's and adults hymns / songs are included in each list - because except for the youngest of children, it is is difficult to draw a clear distinction between them.

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About the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders

This parable is told in Matthew 7:24–27 and Luke 6:46–49.

It is also called the parable of the house upon the rock,.

The parable teaches the importance of building your life on obedience to Jesus teachings - and applying those teachings to give a firm foundation to the situations you meet in everyday life.


Free-use songs and hymns about the parable

Build on the Rock - Belden

Built on the Rock - Grundtvig

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

I Never Knew You - Needham

My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less (The Solid Rock) - Mote

The Sure Foundation - O'Kane

The Wise Man Built his House Upon the RocK
(appears to have been written in 1948 and released into the public domain)


Hymns and songs which may still be copyright

American Dream - Cervantes and Hall

Brick by brick - Morgan-Gurr

Don't Build Your House - Lafferty

Firm Foundation - Harvill and Gordon (1994)

House on the Rock - Gubleman and Moyers
I Am the Way (I am the Rock of every age) - Willard (1986)

Strong Foundation - Preston and Tolman (2005)

Therefore Whosoever Heareth these Sayings of Mine - words are public domain, tune by Jettie Hitchcoc



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