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Motet BWV 227
Jesu, meine Freude
English Translation in Interlinear Format
Motet BWV 227 - Jesus, my joy

Event: Motet for a Funeral ?
Text: Johann Franck 1653; Romans 8: 1, 2, 9-11

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Chorus

Jesu, meine Freude,
Jesus, my joy,
Meines Herzens Weide,
My heart's delight
Jesu, meine Zier,
Jesus, my treasure
Ach wie lang, ach lange
Ah how long,ah how long
Ist dem Herzen bange
must my heart be anxious
Und verlangt nach dir!
And full of longing for you!
Gottes Lamm, mein Bräutigam,
Lamb of God, my bridegroom
Außer dir soll mir auf Erden,
Besides you there is in on earth
Nichts sonst Liebers werden.
Nothing else that is dearer to me.

Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches an denen, die in Christo Jesu sind, die nicht nach dem Fleische wandeln, sondern nach dem Geist.   Romans 8:1
There is now no condemnation in them who are in Christ and who walk not according to the flesh but according to the spirit.

 

Unter deinem Schirmen
Beneath your protection
Bin ich vor den Stürmen
I am free from the raging
Aller Feinde frei
Of all enemies.
Laß den Satan wittern,
Let the devil sniff around,
Laß den Feind erbittern,
let my enemy become incensed
Mir steht Jesus bei.
Jesus stands by me .
Ob es itzt gleich kracht und blitzt,
Even though thunder crashes and lightning blazes,
Ob gleich Sünd und Hölle schrecken:
Even though sin and hell terrify
Jesus will mich decken.
Jesus will protect me.

Denn das Gesetz des Geistes, der da lebendig macht in Christo Jesu, hat mich frei gemacht von dem Gesetz der Sünde und des Todes.   Romans 8:2
For the law of the spirit, which makes me living in Christ Jesus, has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Trotz dem alten Drachen,
I defy the ancient dragon
Trotz des Todes Rachen,
I defy the jaws of death,
Trotz der Furcht darzu
I defy the fear they cause.
Tobe, Welt, und springe,
Rage, World, and leap upon me.
Ich steh hier und singe
I stand here and sing
In gar sichrer Ruh.
In the calm of certainty.
Gottes Macht hält mich in acht;
God's power takes care of me;
Erd und Abgrund muss verstummen,
earth and hell's abyss must fall silent,
Ob sie noch so brummen.
however much they roar.

Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich, sondern geistlich, so anders Gottes Geist in euch wohnet. Wer aber Christi Geist nicht hat, der ist nicht sein. Romans 8:9
But you are not of the flesh, but of the spirit, and so God's spirit dwells in you in a different way.But whoever does noy have Christ's spirit is not his.

 

Weg mit allen Schätzen!
Away with all treasures!
Du bist mein Ergötzen,
You are my delight,
Jesu, meine Lust !
Jesus, my desire!
Weg ihr eitlen Ehren,
Away with all vain honours,
Ich mag euch nicht hören,
I don't want to hear of you,
Bleibt mir unbewusst!
Remain unknown to me!
Elend, Not, Kreuz, Schmach und Tod
Suffering, distress, the cross, shame and death,
Soll mich, ob ich viel muss leiden,
however much I have to suffer,
Nicht von Jesu scheiden.
Will never separate me from Jesus.

So aber Christus in euch ist, so ist der Leib zwar tot um der Sünde willen; der Geist aber ist das Leben um der Gerechtigkeit willen. Romans 8:10
If Christ is in you,then the body is dead because of sin,but the spirit is life because of righteousness.

Gute Nacht, o Wesen,
Good night,o [earthly] existence,
Das die Welt erlesen,
what the world has to offer
Mir gefällst du nicht.
Does not please me at all.
Gute Nacht, ihr Sünden,
Good night, you sins
Bleibet weit dahinten,
Stay far away from here,
Kommt nicht mehr ans Licht!
Come no more to the light!
Gute Nacht, du Stolz und Pracht!
Good night,arrogance and splendour.
Dir sei ganz, du Lasterleben,
To everything about you, sinful existence,
Gute Nacht gegeben.
I bid goodnight.

So nun der Geist des, der Jesum von den Toten auferwecket hat, in euch wohnet, so wird auch derselbige, der Christum von den Toten auferwecket hat, eure sterbliche Leiber lebendig machen um des willen, dass sein Geist in euch wohnet. Romans 8:11
Now the spirit that has raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in you.The very same spirit that has raised Jesus from the dead,gives life to your mortal bodies, so that his spirit may dwell in you.

 

Weicht, ihr Trauergeister,
Vanish, spirits of gloom,
Denn mein Freudenmeister,
for my joyful master,
Jesus, tritt herein.
Jesus, enters in.
Denen, die Gott lieben,
For those who love God
Muss auch ihr Betrüben
even their grief
Lauter Zucker sein.
Must become pure delight.
Duld ich schon hier Spott und Hohn,
Here I may have scorn and derision,
Dennoch bleibst du auch im Leide,
but even in the midst of suffering you remain,
Jesu, meine Freude.
Jesus, my joy.

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This Translation in Parallel Format

English Translation by Francis Browne (March 2008)
Contributed by Francis Browne (March 2008)

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