The Famous One Ὁ Εὔφημος
The Greek text is still in the process of being fully matched to meter, along with addding optional lines, etc. Many resources I hope to link to are not yet listed. If you have any comments, suggestions, send me a note at louis <at> letsreadgreek <dot> com.
This song is a very popular modern praise song, written by Jesse Reeves and Chris Tomlin. Chris Tomlin sings it. Choosing the correct Greek word for 'Famous' is more difficult than one would think. Many of the words for 'famous' are only used in context of the Oddessy or Iliad or in literature which refers to those books. Choosing the right word, "Priceless." Some of the words for 'famous, well-reknown' are as follows (links are to the Perseus LSJ lexicon):
ἐπιφανής - Αντιοχας Επιφανης
φαμιστός / φημιστός Not found in Perseus' LSJ ; Dor. for φημιστός 'famous' (Harvard's LSJ lists φαμιστός)
English Text and Links
|The Famous One|
The sequence for singing: Chorus 2x, Stanza 1, Chorus 1x, Stanza 2, Chorus 1x.
Psalm 62:6 (Symmachus)
Psalm 75:2 Γνωστὸς ἐν τῇ Ιουδαίᾳ ὁ θεός, ἐν τῷ Ισραηλ μέγα τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.
BDAG εὔφημος, ον (s. prec. entry; Aeschyl. et al. in var. mngs.; ins; Sym. Ps 62:6; Philo; Jos., C. Ap. 2, 248) the basic idea: ‘pert. to what is being said with cautious reserve’ (in deference to the transcendent or out of respect for those of high status, words ought to be carefully chosen, for one might utter someth. that is unlucky; s. the reff. in L-S-J-M under the various terms in the εὐφημ-family), in a transf. sense praiseworthy, commendable, ὅσα εὔφημα Phil 4:8 (M. Ant. 6, 18; Dibelius, Hdb. ad loc.; CClassen, WienerStud 107/108, ’94/95, 329; for the formulation s. ὅσος 2).—M-M.
ἐπιφανής, ές (s. ἐπιφ-entries; Pind., Hdt.+; ins, pap, LXX, Philo; Jos., Ant. 4, 200 al.; Just. A I, 68, 3 [superl.]) pert. to being resplendent, splendid, glorious, remarkable, prob. suggesting light whose impact is esp. striking in its sudden appearance, of the day of God’s judgment (Mélanges GGlotz ’32, 290, 28: ins [II b.c.] ἡμέραι ἐ.) ἡμέρα κυρίου μεγάλη καὶ ἐ. Ac 2:20 (Jo 3:4).—New Docs 4, 148. M-M. TW. Spicq.
εὐκλεής, ές, gen. οῦς (s. next entry; Hom. et al.; Wsd 3:15; Jer 31:17; Philo; Jos., Bell. 4, 250, Ant. 19, 240) pert. to being generally well-spoken of, famous, renowned (w. σεμνός) κανὼν τῆς παραδόσεως renowned standard given us by tradition 1 Cl 7:2.—DELG s.v. κλέος.
Koine Greek Adaptation
- Koine Text
9 ὑπὲρ ὧν ἔδρησας9
17 ἀστέρα πρωϊνὸν
8. This was a difficult line to match the meter. 'Beyond' is πέρα / πέραν which is followed by the genitive. However the word πέραν is accented on the antepenult, but should be accented on the ultima in the rhythm. Ι ended up accepting the accenting as if the word were περάν. The options are
- Ignore the accent and hold the αν syllable (which is what I have selected)
- Choose a different word or meaing, e.g. πάσῃ τῇ γῇ
- Make the object of πέραν come before the word, e.g. τῆς γῆς πέραν; this is an option which occurs frequently in Homer for many prepositions.
10. δρᾶν τε μέλλεις10. μέλλω can take the present or even more often the future infinitive. I chose the present infinitive of δράω because it had fewer syllables than ποίησαι; although ποίειν would have worked, I used δρᾶν because of the τε which I needed because of the rhythm. Ι played with this line, also considering κἔτι μέλλων ποίειν. I was not sure of the use of ἔτι with μέλλω - I could not find any extant examples of ἔτι μέλλω.
13. τὸ καρδιᾶς ἑκάστης | 14 ἐθνῶν τε θέλημα,13 This was a very hard phrase to match the rhythm and meaning. Perhaps I am pushing the use of τε in the second line. All other options seemed to have the accent of θέλημα on the wrong syllable.
15. 17 ἀστέρα πρωϊνὸν |18 διαφαίνοντα. An alternate reading could be to take these two lines as a separate sentence, not as an accusative corresponding to σε in line 20. 17 ἀστὴρ πρωϊνὸς | 18 διαφαίνεις. The imagery is beautiful.
- Living Koine Audio forthcoming
- Progress: 6
- Rating of Koine Text: 5 (0=incomplete | 3=rough translation | 8=meter matched | 10=elegant)
- Text with Sheet Music (melody only) forthcoming
- Parallel Koine Greek / English forthcoming
This is a song of nominatives, genitives, datives and accusatives. It contains elipses of the verb εἰμί.
Use in Greek Pedagogy