1 Rulers of Sodom! hear the voice
of heav’n’s eternal Lord;
men of Gomorrah! bend your ear
submissive to his word.
2 ’Tis thus he speaks; To what intent
are your oblations vain?
Why load my altars with your gifts,
polluted and profane?
3 Burnt-off’rings long may blaze to heav’n,
and incense cloud the skies;
the worship and the worshipper
are hateful in my eyes.
4 Your rites, your fasts, your pray’rs, I scorn,
and pomp of solemn days:
I know your hearts are full of guile,
and crooked are your ways.
5 But cleanse your hands, ye guilty race,
and cease from deeds of sin;
learn in your actions to be just,
and pure in heart within.
6 Mock not my name with honours vain,
but keep my holy laws;
do justice to the friendless poor,
and plead the widow’s cause.
7 Then though your guilty souls are stain'd
with sins of crimson dye,
yet, through my grace, with snow itself
in whiteness they shall vie.
William Cameron was born in 1751. He studied at Marischal College, Aberdeen, and in 1785 was ordained minister of Kirknewton, in Mid Lothian. He died in 1811. He was the author of several works.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
Rulers of Sodom! hear the voice. W. Cameron. [True Penitence.]. First appeared as No. 17 in the Draft Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, as a version of Isaiah i. 10-19, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. Thence, with st. vii. 1. 1 altered, in the public worship edition issued in that year by the Church of Scotland, and still in use. In the markings by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron (q. v.), it is ascribed to Cameron. Included in the Belief Hymn Book, 1833, and again in others. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]