Scripture Verse

Unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare My statutes, or that thou shouldest take My covenant in thy mouth? Psalm 50:16


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 138.

Music: Ado­ro Te (Barn­by) Jo­seph Barn­by, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Joseph Barnby (1838–1896)


Thus speaks the Lord to wick­ed men:
My sta­tutes why do you de­clare?
Why take My co­ve­nant in your mouth,
Since ye for wis­dom do not care?
For ye My ho­ly words pro­fane
And cast them from you in dis­dain.

Ye have con­sent­ed with the thief,
Ye have par­tak­en with the vile,
Your mouths to ev­il words ye give,
Your tongues pro­claim de­ceit and guile,
Ye glo­ry in your bro­ther’s shame,
Your mo­ther’s son do you de­fame.

Thus have ye done; I si­lence kept,
And this has been your sec­ret thought,
That I was whol­ly as your­selves,
To take your ev­il deeds as naught;
I will re­prove you and ar­ray
Your deeds be­fore your eyes this day.

Consider this, who God for­get
Lest I de­stroy with none to free;
Who of­fers sac­ri­fice of thanks,
He glo­ri­fies and hon­ors Me;
To him who or­ders well his way
Salvation free I will dis­play.