4. Gewaltige stößt Gott vom Stuhl

From Meine Seel erhebt den Herren, BWV 10

Johann Sebastian Bach
F major
56 measures

German text

English translation

Gewaltige stößt Gott vom Stuhl
The mighty God casts from their thrones,
Hinunter in den Schwefelpfuhl;
down into the sulphurous pit;
Die Niedern pflegt Gott zu erhöhen,
the humble God means to exalt,
Daß sie wie Stern am Himmel stehen.
so that they are as the stars in heaven.
Die Reichen läßt Gott bloß und leer,
The rich God leaves bare and empty,
Die Hungrigen füllt er mit Gaben,
the hungry He fills with gifts,
Daß sie auf seinem Gnadenmeer
so that, from the sea of His grace
Stets Reichtum und die Fülle haben.
they might always have their full of riches.

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Uses the doxology with passages drawn from other Biblical verses woven throughout (Dürr 2005, 678–679).
  • Scripture readings for the day: Isiah 11:1–11:5; Luke 1:39–1:56


  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo


Major continuo part


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