Johann Sebastian Bach

4. Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn

  • Violino I + Violino II – or flauto traverso · D#4 – C6
  • Tenore chorale · D3 – F#4
  • Continuo: Organo

German Text by Unknown

Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn,
An unsre Statt ist kommen
Und hat die Sünde weggetan,
Damit dem Tod genommen
All sein Recht und sein Gewalt;
Da bleibet nichts denn Tods Gestalt,
Den Stachel hat er verloren.

English Translation

Jesus Christ, God’s son,
Has come in our stead
And did away with our sin,
Thereby taking from death
All its privilege and its power.
There remains nothing but death’s shape;
[Death] has lost its sting.


  • Full score: Neue Bach-Ausgabe I/9, p. 23
  • Background: Alfred Dürr, Cantatas of J. S. Bach (Oxford University Press, 2005), p. 262
  • Libretto: 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: 1 Corinthians 5:6–5:8; Mark 16:1–16:8
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