Scripture Verse

Expel the wicked person from among you. 1 Corinthians 5:13


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 667. Ex­clu­sion of Mem­bers.

Music: Ayles­bu­ry (Che­tham) John Che­tham, 1718 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


How pain­ful is the task,
A mem­ber to disown;
Once by the church es­teemed and loved,
And as a bro­ther known.

Could aught pre­vent the deed,
The so­lemn deed de­clared,
How hap­py it for us had been,
From such a du­ty spared.

But oh, the love of Christ,
The love of truth de­mands,
This need­ful, pain­ful sac­ri­fice,
This du­ty at our hands.

Should we at sin con­nive,
Or any ev­il spare,
How could we give ac­count at last,
When Je­sus shall ap­pear.

His eyes as flames of fire,
Search all the church­es through,
Naught can be hid­den from His sight,
Though veiled from mor­tal view.

To Him may we our­selves,
In faith­ful­ness ap­prove;
And while we mourn our hum­bled state,
Wait His re­viv­ing love.