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 (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


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.