Scripture Verse

They will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against Me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind. Isaiah 66:24


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 782. The Sin­ner’s Doom.

Music: Fes­tal Song Will­iam H. Wal­ter, in the Epis­co­pal Hym­nal with Tunes Old and New, by John I. Tuck­er, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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


View the ex­pir­ing saint!
When out­ward com­forts cease,
God is his all suf­fi­cient help,
And gives him in­ward peace.

Varied his course has been,
With ma­ny clouds o’ercast;
Though oft dis­tressed with doubts and fears,
He con­quers all at last.

With grate­ful heart he views
What grace for him has done,
Yet for ac­cept­ance he de­pends
On Je­sus’ blood alone.

Not so the man pro­fane,
Most aw­ful is his close;
Despairing, in the grave he sinks,
Amidst fore­bod­ing woes.

The death­less worm shall gnaw,
The quench­less fire con­sume,
And wrath in all its dire­ful forms
Is his eter­nal doom.