Nowadays, this is sometimes sung as, "We've got the whole world in our hands".

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*You can add the word "wide" in the 2nd line of the chorus whenever you'd like!

Other Verses:

-He's got the sun and the moon in his hands.
-He's got the earth and the waters in his hands.
-He's got everybody in his hands.

If anyone would like to send me more verses, feel free to email me. Thanks! –Mama Lisa


The are a lot of different verses you can sing to "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands". You can choose the ones you like best.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

This is a traditional African-American Spiritual that was first published in "Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New" by Edward Boatner in 1927.

The version "We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands" can be found in the book "In Our Hands: A Peace and Social Justice Program, Grades 4-6" (1990) by Barry Maxwell Andrews and Pat Hoertdoerfer. They list it under that title as "traditional".

Thanks to Gracie Gralike for the wonderful illustration!