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Cantata BWV 54
Widerstehe doch der Sünde
English Translation in Interlinear Format
Cantata BWV 54 - Stand firm against sin

Event: Dominica Oculi [3rd Sunday in Lent]
Readings: Epistle: Ephesians 5: 1-9; Gospel: Luke 11: 14-28
Text: Georg Christian Lehms

Biblical quotations in green font, chorales in purple

1

Aria [Alto]

Violino I/II, Viola I/II, Continuo

Widerstehe doch der Sünde,
Stand firm against sin,
Sonst ergreifet dich ihr Gift.
otherwise its poison seizes hold of you.
Laß dich nicht den Satan blenden;
Do not let Satan blind you
Denn die Gottes Ehre schänden,
for to desecrate the honour of God
Trifft ein Fluch, der tödlich ist.
meets with a curse, which leads to death.

2

Recitative [Alto]

Continuo

Die Art verruchter Sünden
The nature of loathsome sins
Ist zwar von außen wunderschön;
is indeed from outside very beautiful;
Allein man muß
but you must
Hernach mit Kummer und Verdruß
afterwards with sorrow and frustration
Viel Ungemach empfinden.
experience much hardship.
Von außen ist sie Gold;
From outside it is gold
Doch, will man weiter gehn,
but if you want to look more closely
So zeigt sich nur ein leerer Schatten
it is shown to be only an empty shadow
Und übertünchtes Grab.
and whitewashed tomb.
Sie ist den Sodomsäpfeln gleich,
It is like the apples of Sodom
Und die sich mit derselben gatten,
and those who join with it
Gelangen nicht in Gottes Reich.
do not reach God's kingdom.
Sie ist als wie ein scharfes Schwert,
It is like a sharp sword
Das uns durch Leib und Seele fährt.
that goes through our body and soul.

3

Aria [Alto]

Violino I/II all' unisono, Viola I/II all' unisono, Continuo

Wer Sünde tut, der ist vom Teufel,
Who commits sins is of the devil,
Denn dieser hat sie aufgebracht.
for it is he who has produced them.
Doch wenn man ihren schnöden Banden
but if against its despicable mobs
Mit rechter Andacht widerstanden,
with true devotion you stand firm,
Hat sie sich gleich davongemacht.
sin has at once fled away.

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This Translation in Parallel Format

English Translation by Francis Browne (April 2002)
Contributed by Francis Browne (April 2002)

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