Who said, may God refine your gold?

Ref. In hymnals / hymn books:

NLGB 276; EG (Reformed Church) 660; EG (Bavaria and Thuringia) 663; EG (Rhineland, Westphalia and Lippe) 660; ELG 454
Author: verse 1: Joachim Magdeburg (1571; published 1572); verses 2-3: Anon (Leipzig, 1597)
Chorale Melody:Whoever trusts God has built (tooth 8207a) | Composer: attributed to Joachim Magdeburg (1572)
Theme: Christian Life and Conduct



Vocal Works by J.S. Bach:

Chorale Whoever trusts God has built something, BWV 433
Ref: RE 137; Br 135; KE 366; Pear stem 139; AmB 46II p.86 & p.117; Penzel 107; BGA 180; BC F204.1

German text

English Translation

1. Whoever trusts God has built well
In heaven and on earth;
Whoever trusts in Jesus Christ
That must be heaven.
So I hope in you
Put it firmly and stiffly.
Lord Jesus Christ, you are my consolation
In distress and pain.

1 Who trusts in God, a strong abode
In heaven and earth possesses;
Who looks in love to Christ above,
No fear his heart oppresses.
In Thee alone, dear Lord, we own
Sweet hope and consolation;
Our shield from foes, our balm for woes,
Our great and sure salvation.

2. And if it were the same, the devil would be great
And against all the world,
Yet so are you, Jesus Christ,
Who strikes them all down.
And if I only have you around me
With your spirit and grace
I can certainly do so completely
Do not harm death nor devil.

2 Though Satan's wrath beset our path,
And worldly scorn assail us,
While you art near we will not fear,
Thy strength shall never fail us:
Thy rod and staff shall keep us safe,
And guide our steps for ever;
Nor shades of death, nor hell beneath,
Our souls from Thee shall sever.

3. I certainly comfort myself,
Because you can give it to me
What I need, you faithful God,
For this and that life.
Give true repentance, renew my heart
Save body and soul.
Oh listen, Lord, this is my desire
And do not let my pleading be missed.

3 In all the strife of mortal life
Our feet shall stand securely;
Temptation's hour shall lose its power,
For you keep guard us surely.
O God, renew, with heavenly dew,
Our body, soul, and spirit,
Until we stand at Thy right hand,
Through Jesus' saving merit.




Source of German Text:

Bach Digital | Hymnary.org | Christian poems & songs | Monarchy League | Christian song database (Evangliums.net)
English Translation: Benjamin H. Kennedy (1863); Alterer: William Walsham How (1864) | Source of English Translation:Hymnary.org (The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895)
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