Translation © by Ahmed E. Ismail

Herr, lehre doch mich
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Herr, lehre doch mich, 
daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß,
und mein Leben ein Ziel hat,
und ich davon muß. 

Siehe, meine Tage sind 
einer Hand breit vor dir, 
und mein Leben ist wie nichts vor dir. 

Herr, lehre doch mich, 
daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß,
und mein Leben ein Ziel hat,
und ich davon muß. 

Ach wie gar nichts sind alle Menschen, 
die doch so sicher leben. 

Sie gehen daher wie ein Schemen, 
und machen ihnen viel vergebliche Unruhe; 
sie sammeln und wissen nicht wer es kriegen wird. 

Ach wie gar nichts sind alle Menschen, 
die doch so sicher leben. 

Nun Herr, wess soll ich mich trösten? 
Ich hoffe auf dich.

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  • ENG English (Ahmed E. Ismail) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • EST Estonian (Eesti keel) (Bible or other Sacred Texts)
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Senyor, fes-me doncs saber", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail

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Lord, teach me
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Lord, teach me
That I must have an end,
And my life has a purpose,
and I must accept this.

Behold, my days are
as a handbreadth before Thee,
and my life is as nothing before Thee.

Lord, teach me
That I must have an end,
And my life has a purpose,
and I must accept this.

Alas, as nothing are all men,
but so sure the living.

They are therefore like a shadow,
and go about vainly in disquiet;
they collect riches, and do not know who will receive them.

Alas, as nothing are all men,
but so sure the living.

Now, Lord, how can I console myself?
My hope is in Thee.

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