4. Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn

From Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4, Versus 3

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
e minor
Meter
4/4
Length
42 measures

Instrumentation

  • Violino I + Violino II (playable on flauto traverso)
  • Tenore chorale
  • Continuo: Organo

German text

English translation

Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn,
Jesus Christ, God’s son,
An unsre Statt ist kommen
Has come in our stead
Und hat die Sünde weggetan,
And did away with our sin,
Damit dem Tod genommen
Thereby taking from death
All sein Recht und sein Gewalt;
All its privilege and its power.
Da bleibet nichts denn Tods Gestalt,
There remains nothing but death’s shape;
Den Stachel hat er verloren.
[Death] has lost its sting.
Alleluja!
Hallelujah.
 

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • From Martin Luther’s Easter hymn of 1524, adapted from the Latin sequence Victimae paschali laudes, and modelled on the hymn Christ ist erstanden (Dürr 2005, 263–264)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Corinthians 5:6–5:8; Mark 16:1–16:8

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