Wednesday, October 12, 2011

French lesson!

"Would you be free from your burden of sin,
There's power in the blood! Power in the blood.
Would you o're evil a victory win?
There's wonderful power in the blood.
There is power! Power! Wonder working power.
In the blood of the Lamb.
There is power, power, wonder-working power
In the precious blood of the lamb."

Several years ago, my church went on a mission trip to Quebec. We learned several songs in French, and one of them was power in the blood, written above. For some reason, I was singing this song tonight in French, walking from one place on campus to another. And as I was singing it, I was thinking of the literal translation. If you know anything about language, you understand that a lot of times, words don't translate literally. In this case, the french translation of the chorus is:

  • Je suis fort, fort!



  • Oui, plus que vainqueur, 



  • Par le sang de Jésus!



  • Je suis fort, fort!



  • Oui, plus que vainqueur, 



  • Par le sang de Jésus, mon Sauveur!




  • The first line is what I was thinking about the most. In English, we sing, "There is power! Power!. . . "  Literal translation: Je--I. suis---it's a Be-verb, basically means Am. fort--strong. This is saying:
    "I am strong, strong!
    Yes, more than a conqueror,
    By the blood of Jesus!
    I am strong, strong!
    Yes, more than a conqueror,
    By the blood of Jesus, my Savior!"



    Is that not amazing? We are strong through the precious blood of Jesus. It isn't just that the power is there. It is in us. We are more than conquerors because of what Jesus has done for us! Praise God! We can have victory through the precious blood of Jesus our Saviour!!! If that doesn't make you rejoice, nothing will! 
    There's something about a foreign language that makes you see things in a whole new light. It puts a different emphasis on the words. It makes us think in a different way. Try looking up one of your favourite songs or a verse on google translate. Translate it into a different language. Translate it back to English. See what happens.