1. Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit

From Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit, BWV 111

Johann Sebastian Bach
a minor
136 measures

German text

English translation

Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit,
What my God wills always occurs,
Sein Will, der ist der beste,
His will is the best,
Zu helfen den’n er ist bereit,
He is ready to help those
Die an ihn glauben feste.
who believe firmly in Him.
Er hilft aus Not, der fromme Gott,
He gives aid in need, this righteous God,
Und züchtiget mit Maßen.
and punishes with measure.
Wer Gott vertraut, fest auf ihn baut,
Who trusts in God, builds upon Him firmly,
Den will er nicht verlassen.
God will never abandon.
(“Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit,” verse 1)

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on a four-verse hymn by Duke Albrecht of Prussia (Dürr 2005, 205–206)
  • Text references: first verse of Duke Albrecht of Prussia’s four verse hymn (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 12:17–12:21; Matthew 8:1–8:13


  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano chorale
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Continuo


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