Scripture Verse

The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence His soul hateth. Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. Psalm 11:5–6


James Montgomery

Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, Songs of Zi­on (Lon­don: Long­man, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 1822), alt.

Music: Bur­ford, in the Book of Psal­mo­dy, by John Che­tham, 1718 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

  • Caith­ness, Scot­tish Psal­ter, 1635 (🔊 pdf nwc)
  • Camp­meet­ing, Am­er­i­can camp meet­ing tune (🔊 pdf nwc).
  • Che­shire, Es­te’s Psal­ter, 1592 (🔊 pdf nwc)


The Lord is in His holy place,
And from His throne on high,
He looks upon the human race
With omnipresent eye.

He proves the righteous, marks their path;
In Him the weak are strong;
But violence provokes His wrath,
The Lord abhorreth wrong.

God on the wicked will rain down
His brimstone, fire, and snares;
The gloom and tempest of His frown—
This portion shall be theirs.

The righteous Lord will take delight
Alone in righteousness;
The just are pleasing in His sight,
The humble He will bless.