What a Friend we have in Jesus

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D                        G
What a friend we have in Jesus,
D                           A
All ours sins and griefs to bear,
D                   G
What a privilege to carry
A                    D
Everything to God in prayer!
A                     D
O what peace we often forfeit,
G      D                A
O what needless pain we bear,
D                     G
All because we do not carry
A                    D
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour still our refuge;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He·ll take and shield thee;
Thou wilt find a solace there.


  1. It’s actually written in F

  2. my husband has taken up the guitar and would like some help.

  3. I’d like to know why the music writen in F is not found in the right key. Do the people who play guitar make it impossible to play in F. Like this hymn, What A Friend we have in Jesus?

    I can transpose any music in major keys.

  4. here, these are the chords to use if you really want to play it in F major
    every D = F
    every G = B flat
    every A = C
    and yes they are all major chords
    the reason people tranposed it to D major is because D, G, and A, are all very easy chords to play if you are a beginner. whereas F and B flat are both barre chords which are tougher to play
    hope this helps you guys

  5. Even accomplished guitar players frequently use a capo. When playing in F major, most players will capo the first fret and play a finger position in E major. E=F, A=B flat, B7=C7

  6. John Mayfield & O Salina please be grateful that people are willing to teach us simple chords to start with. It is these simple things we take for granted.
    As a beginner it is very difficult to master the F it takes practise so let us enjoy just learning to play hymns in simple chords.


  7. It’s a good song to play as an 8-bar blues in E: E, E7, A, A7, and B7. The bridge starts in B7…

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  9. Hi there,

    Does anyone know what chords Paul Baloche is using in his version on Timeless Hymns of Faith album? Sounds really nice.



  11. Thank you! I am a beginner and this is easier to play. God Bless

  12. Thanks to whoever who posted the chords for this hymn. As a rather basic guitar player, I can’t understand any debate about which key the hymn was written in. There are only three chords – D, G and A – as published. Transpose them at will to C, F and G, or G, C and D, depending on what your singers prefer. No song has ever been written to be sung in only one key. God bless.

  13. It’s good i took a glance….Thank u… But can u please provide the advance chords for this same song

  14. U cn occasnly hit Bminr n F#m as per d flow if ur playng 4m D.

  15. Great song!

  16. what’s a good strumming pattern for this?

  17. I know you can play Bm in place of the F#m but what about F#7?

  18. Em D
    O what peace we often forfeit,

  19. I have been playing for many years and find it better to play in ‘guitar friendly’ keys so I can concentration on my vocals. I can play in any position and any key, but G, A E D and C are ‘guitar friendly’. I have also used ‘alternate’ tuning or capo (but not often). Drop D for example. Most hymns are written in four part harmony making the melody line a soprano range. This is difficult for most people to sing comfortably. Has I am a baritone with a large range, I can sing bass through tenor, but prefer tenor / baritone soprano is pushing it for me.
    So I would play F key songs in D or even C and for example Bb, Eb, Ab in G, F, E or D etc just as a sample of possible transpositions.
    By the way you can not play a Bm in place of a F#m and F#7 is a major seventh chord and the previous are minor chords..You can however play F#m7 most of the time in place of the full F#m chord.
    I noticed someone asking about strum patterns.
    A simple guide is:
    4/4 time 1 2 3 4 = ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ or 1 2 3& 4 = ↓ ↓ ↓↑ ↓
    3/4 1 2 3 ↓ ↓ ↓ or 1 2& 3 ↓ ↓↑ ↓
    there are many others but this is good start.

  20. Thank u its very useful

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