Scripture Verse

The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 22. The Aveng­ing God.

Music: Ga­le­na The Sab­bath Hymn and Tune Book, ed­it­ed by Lo­well Ma­son, Ed­wards A. Park & Aus­tin Phelps (New York: Ma­son Bro­thers, 1859), page 273 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Shall mor­tals dare con­tend
With an al­migh­ty God?
Who can re­sist His pow­er­ful arm,
Or bear His venge­ful rod?

He exe­cutes His will
In Heav’n, and earth and hell;
And while the an­gels pros­trate fall,
Shall sin­ful man rebel?

He’ll mock the vain de­sign,
His wrath shall pierce them through;
The wag­es due to ev­ery sin
Is ev­er­last­ing woe.