175. Saints chastised, and Sinners destroyed; or Instructive Affilctions

1 O God! to whom revenge belongs,
Proclaim thy wrath aloud;
Let sovereign power redress our wrongs,
Let justice smite the proud.

2 They say, "The Lord nor sees nor hears;"
When will the vain be wise?
Can he be deaf, who form'd their ears?
Or blind, who made their eyes?

3 He knows their impious thoughts are vain,
And they shall feel his power;
His wrath shall pierce their souls with pain
In some surprising hour.

4 But if thy saints deserve rebuke,
Thou hast a gentler rod;
Thy providence, thy sacred book
Shall make them know their God.

5 Blest is the man thy hands chastise,
And to his duty draw;
Thy scourges make thy children wise
When they forget thy law.

6 But God will ne’er cast off his saints,
Nor his own promise break;
He pardons his inheritance
For their Redeemer’s sake.

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First Line: O GOD! to whom revenge belongs
Title: Saints chastised, and Sinners destroyed; or Instructive Affilctions
Publication Date: 1786
Scripture: Psalm 94:1-2; Psalm 94:7-14
Topic: Afflicted Saints happy; Afflictions: instruction by them; Afflictions: sanctified (9 more...)
Language: English
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