A Few Songs for Early Use

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nathaniel j. erickson
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A Few Songs for Early Use

Post by nathaniel j. erickson » May 17th, 2016, 9:05 am

I have been working an acquiring German lately and have had great fun listening to children's songs. This inspired me to make a couple translations of some well-known Christian kids songs.

ὁ θεός μού ἐστιν μεγίστων (My God is so Great)
ὁ θεὸς μέγας [μεγίστων]
ἰσχυρός [ἰσχυρότατος]
παντοκράτωρ·
δύναται τὰ πάντα ποιεῖν.

τὰ ὄρη ἔχει
καὶ τοὺς ποταμούς·
πεποίηκε καὶ τοὺς ἀστέρας [ἐποίησεν καὶ τοὺς ἀστέρας]

ΙΗΣΟΥΣ ΑΓΑΠΑ ΜΕ (Jesus Loves Me)

Ἰησοῦς ἀγαπᾷ με,
οἶδα τοῦτο·
ἡ γὰρ γραφὴ κηρύσσει.
Παιδία ἐισὶν αὐτῷ,
ἀσθενοῦσι ἀλλ’ ἰσχύει (δύναται)

ναὶ, Ἰησοῦς ἀγαπᾷ με,
ναὶ, Ἰησοῦς ἀγαπᾷ με,
ναὶ, Ἰησοῦς ἀγαπᾷ με,
ἡ γραφὴ κηρύσσει.

ΕΧΕΙ ΤΑ ΠΑΝΤΑ ΕΝ ΧΕΙΡΙ ΑΥΤΟΥ (He's Got the Whole World in His Hands)
τὰ πάντα ἔχει θεὸς
ἐν χειρὶ αὐτοῦ
τὰ πάντα ἔχει θεὸς
ἐν χειρὶ αὐτοῦ
τὰ πάντα ἔχει θεὸς
ἐν χειρὶ αὐτοῦ
τὰ πάντα ἔχει ὁ θεός.

(other verses)
ἔχει τὸν υἱὸν καὶ πατέρα
ἔχει τὴν μητέρα καὶ θυγατέρα (quickly)
ἔχει τὸ βρέφος τὸ μικρόν
ἔχει ἀδελφοὺς καὶ ἀδελφάς
ἔχει καὶ σὲ καὶ με, ἀδελφέ/ή (or σὲ καὶ τὲ με)
ἔχει τοὺς λίθους καὶ τὰς πόας
ἔχει τὰ δένδρα καὶ τὰ ἀνθείς
ἔχει σελήνην καὶ ἥλιον
ἔχει τὴν γῆν καὶ τοὺς οὐρανούς

nathaniel j. erickson
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Re: A Few Songs for Early Use

Post by nathaniel j. erickson » May 18th, 2016, 6:27 am

Here is one for "Read Your Bible, Pray Everyday."
The first line, unfortunately, requires a 5 syllable word to fit in the space of a 1 syllable English word.

ΑΝΑΓΙΝΩΣΚΕ ΤΑΣ ΓΡΑΦΑΣ

Ἀναγίνωσκε τὰς γραφάς, (ἤ· γραφάς σου)
προσεύχου ἀεί, (ἤ· καθ᾿ ἡμέραν προσεύχου,)
καὶ αὐξηθήσει (ἤ· αὐξήσεις σύ)

αὐξάνω: παθητικὴ ἢ ἐνεργητικὴ διάθεσις (passive and active voice) both have sense of “grow, increase” as in a child growing up. Original to the παθητικὴ διάθεσις and acquired by the ἐνεργητικὴ διάθεσις in later Greek. So BDAG. Used both ways in ἡ ἅγια γραφή.

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