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What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Indonesian version

Score of What a Friend we have in Jesus

'What a Friend We Have In Jesus' has not been restricted to Western and Christian cultures.

Here we show the Indonesian version, plus its adaptation as a nationalist song

Music score

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In Indonesia, the hymn is known as Yesus Kawan Sejati and is sung in Bahasa or Batak (the indigenous language of North Sumatra) in Protestant churches (around 6% of the population).

Yesus Kawan yang Sejati

Yesus Kawan yang sejati
bagi kita yang lemah.
Tiap hal boleh dibawa
dalam doa padaNya.
Oh, betapa kita susah
dan percuma berlelah,
bila kurang pasrah diri
dalam doa padaNya.

Jika oleh pencobaan
kacau balau hidupmu,
jangan kau berputus asa;
pada Tuhan berseru!
Yesus Kawan yang setia,
tidak ada taraNya.
Ia tahu kelemahanmu;
naikkan doa padaNya!

Adakah hatimu sarat,
jiwa-ragamu lelah?
Yesuslah Penolong kita;
naikkan doa padaNya!
Biar kawan lain menghilang,
Yesus Kawan yang baka.
Ia mau menghibur kita
atas doa padaNya.

The majority of Indonesians are, of course, Muslim (around 86%) and consequently the hymn is not widely known. However, many years ago (probably prior to when Suharto seized power in 1967) the same music was adopted for a popular patriotic song entitled:

Ibu Pertiwi

Kulihat ibu pertiwi, sedang bersusah hati.
Air mata yang berlinang, mas intannya terkenang.
Hutan gunung sawah lautan, simpanan kekayaan.
Kini ibu sedang lara, merintih dan berdoa.

Kulihat ibu pertiwi, kami datang berbakti.
Lihatlah putra-pertiwi, menggembirakan ibu
Ibu kami tetap cinta, putramu yang setia
Menjaga harta pusaka, untuk nusa dan bangsa.

(To hear what it sounds like in Bahasa, try this version by Peterpan shown on TransTV: www.youtube.com/...)

In English, the translation is roughly:

I saw our Motherland, wrapped in sadness.
Her eyes welled with tears, remembering her lost treasures.
Forests, mountains, rice fields, oceans. Her reserves of wealth.
Now Mother is sorrowful. Crying softly and praying

The author is usually attributed to 'anonymous'.

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