How Great is Our God     ΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΣ Ο ΘΕΟΣ ΗΜΩΝ

This popular Praise song has a very simple repeating phrase, "How great is our God". The lyrics are smooth and elegant. You can see an interview with Chris Tomlin about how he came to write the song at YouTube.

Koine Text

ΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΣ Ο ΘΕΟΣ ΗΜΩΝ

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ἐπῳδός αʹ
1 ὁ θεὸς ὡς μέγας,
2 ᾄδου μοί,
3 θεὸς ὡς μέγας,
4 ἰδοὺ πάντες
5 ὡς μέγας, ὡς μέγας
6 (ἐστὶν) θεὸς ἡμῶν.

στροφὴ αʹ
7 ἡ δόξα βασιλέως,
8 ἐνδόξῳ δὴ εἰμένος
9 χαιρέτω πᾶσα γῆ
10 χαιρέτω πᾶσα γῆ
11 φωτὶ (αὑτὸς) ἐνείληται
12 σκοτία δ' ἂν ἀποκρύψηται
13 τρέμουσα τρόμῳ δὴ
14 φοβεῖ αὐτοῦ φωνὴν

στροφὴ βʹ
15 ἐξ τῶν αἰώνων δὴ ἔστηκε
16 χρόνων καἰ καιρῶν αὖ ἐγκρατεῖ
17 ἀρχὴ καὶ τὸ τέλος
18 ἀρχὴ καὶ τὸ τέλος
19 ἡ θεότης τρεῖς ἐν ἑνί
20 πατὴρ, πνεῦμα, υἱός
21 ὁ λέων καὶ ἀμνός,
22 ὁ λέων καὶ ἀμνός

ἐπῳδος βʹ
23 ὄνομα ἔχεις ὀνομαστόν
24 δόκιμος εἶ τῶν πάντων αἴνων
25 ὑμνήσομαι
26 ὡς μέγας θεὸς ἡμῶν

 

 

 

English Text and Links

How Great Is Our God

 

VERSE(1):
The splendor of a King,
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
All the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light,
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at his voice,
And trembles at his voice

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great, How great
Is our God

VERSE(2):
Age to age he stands
And time is in His Hands
Beginning and the End,
Beginning and the End
The Godhead, Three in one
Father, Spirit, Son
The Lion and the Lamb,
The Lion and the Lamb

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great, How great
Is our God

CHORUS(2)
Name above all names
You are Worthy of all praise
and My heart will sing how great
Is our God
(x2)

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great, How great
Is our God

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great, How great
Is our God

 

The order of singing is Verse 1, Chorus 1, Verse 2, Chorus 1, Chorus 2 (2x), Chorus 1 (2x).

 

Scriptural References

Koine Greek Adaptation

The order of singing is Verse 1, Chorus 1, Verse 2, Chorus 1, Chorus 2 (2x), Chorus 1 (2x). For simplicity, the Greek text below will only give each part once. I have given the Greek parts names: a στροφή is a verse, an ἐπῳδός is a chorυs refrain.

 

ΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΣ Ο ΘΕΟΣ ΗΜΩΝ

ἐπῳδός αʹ
1 ὁ θεὸς ὡς μέγας,
2 ᾄδου μοί,
3 θεὸς ὡς μέγας,
4 ἰδοὺ πάντες
5 ὡς μέγας, ὡς μέγας
6 (ἐστὶν) θεὸς ἡμῶν.

στροφὴ αʹ
7 ἡ δόξα βασιλέως,
8 ἐνδόξῳ δὴ εἰμένος
9 χαιρέτω πᾶσα γῆ
10 χαιρέτω πᾶσα γῆ
11 φωτὶ (αὑτὸς) ἐνείληται
12 σκοτία δ' ἂν ἀποκρύψηται
13 τρέμουσα τρόμῳ δὴ
14 φοβεῖ αὐτοῦ φωνὴν

στροφὴ βʹ
15 ἐξ τῶν αἰώνων δὴ ἔστηκε
16 χρόνων καἰ καιρῶν αὖ ἐγκρατεῖ
17 ἀρχὴ καὶ τὸ τέλος
18 ἀρχὴ καὶ τὸ τέλος
19 ἡ θεότης τρεῖς ἐν ἑνί
20 πατὴρ, πνεῦμα, υἱός
21 ὁ λέων καὶ ἀμνός,
22 ὁ λέων καὶ ἀμνός

ἐπῳδος βʹ
23 ὄνομα ἔχεις ὀνομαστόν
24 δόκιμος εἶ τῶν πάντων αἴνων
25 ὑμνήσομαι
26 ὡς μέγας θεὸς ἡμῶν

How Great the God of-us

verse 1
1 God (is) so great,
2 Sing with me,
3 God (is) so great,
4 Pay attention everyone!
5 How great, how great
6 (is the) God of us

Chorus 1
7 The glory of a king,
8 in-glory indeed clothed
9 Rejoice all (the) earth
10 Rejoice all (the) earth
11 in light (he) is clothed
12 and darkeness would hide-away
13 trembling with trembling indeed
14 it-fears his voice

Verse 2
15 out of the ages indeed he stands
16 (over) times and moments well he controls
17 Beginning and the end
18 Beginning and the end
19 The Godhead three in one
20 Father, Spirit, Son,
21 The lion and lamb
22 The lion and lamb

Chorus 2
23 a name you have reknowned
24 worthy you-are of all praises
25 I will sing
26 how great (is the) God of-us

 

Use in Greek Pedagogy

This song can be used early on in Greek study. This song has many common nouns in the nominative forms: πατὴρ, θεὸς, υἱὸς, πνεῦμα, λέων, ἀμνός, ὄνομα, τέλος, ἀρχή, δόξα, σκοτία, γῆ. Verbs are almost always in the 3rd singular; the participles are like simple adjectives.

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