Scripture Verse

I am the Lord, I change not. Malachi 3:6


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 21. The Chas­tis­ing God.

Music: Eag­ley James Walch, 1860 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome or Walch (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Although Jehovah changes not,
Nor e’er withdraws His love;
Yet if His precepts are forgot,
He will His saints reprove.

If they His holy statutes break,
He then assumes the rod;
And on their sins will vengeance take,
For He’s a righteous God.

But His compassions never cease
His promises are sure;
His mercy and His faithfulness,
From age to age endure.