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Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf

by Johann Sebastian Bach

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Text & Translation

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
German source: Martin Luther

Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf.
Denn wir wissen nicht,
was wir beten sollen,
wie sich's gebühret;
sondern der Geist selbst vertritt
uns aufs beste mit unaussprechlichem Seufzen.
Der aber die Herzen forschet, der weiß,
was des Geistes Sinn sei,
denn er vertritt die Heiligen nach dem,
das Gott gefället.

The spirit comes to help our weakness
English translation © Liturgical

The spirit comes to help our weakness,
For we do not know
What we should pray,
As we ought to pray;
But the spirit itself pleads
For us in the best way with inexpressible groans.
But he who searches our hearts knows
what the Spirit means
since he pleads for the saints
In the way that pleases God.

Romans 8: 26-27

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
German source: Martin Luther

The spirit comes to help our weakness
English source: Liturgical

Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf.
The spirit comes to help our weakness,
Denn wir wissen nicht,
For we do not know
was wir beten sollen,
What we should pray,
wie sich's gebühret;
As we ought to pray;
sondern der Geist selbst vertritt
But the spirit itself pleads
uns aufs beste mit unaussprechlichem Seufzen.
For us in the best way with inexpressible groans.
Der aber die Herzen forschet, der weiß,
But he who searches our hearts knows
was des Geistes Sinn sei,
what the Spirit means
denn er vertritt die Heiligen nach dem,
since he pleads for the saints
das Gott gefället.
In the way that pleases God.

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebasian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Boroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the…

Poet

Martin Luther

Martin Luther, (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Read the full Wikipedia article here.

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