2. Merkt und hört, ihr Menschenkinder

From Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BWV 7

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
G major
Meter
4/4
Structure
Da capo
Length
48 measures

Instrumentation

  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo

German text

English translation

Merkt und hört, ihr Menschenkinder,
Mark and hear, you humans,
Was Gott selbst die Taufe heißt.
what God himself calls baptism.
Es muß zwar hier Wasser sein,
Indeed water must be there,
Doch schlecht Wasser nicht allein.
yet not merely water alone.
Gottes Wort und Gottes Geist
God’s word and God’s Spirit
Tauft und reiniget die Sünder.
baptises and purifies the sinner.

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on Martin Luther’s 1541 baptismal hymn (Dürr 2005, 686)
  • Text references: second verse of Martin Luther’s 1541 baptismal hymn (adapted)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Isaiah 40:1–40:5; Luke 1:57–1:80

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