2. Gott ist mein Freund…was hilft das Toben

From Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott, BWV 139

Johann Sebastian Bach
A major
Da capo
110 measures

German text

English translation

Gott ist mein Freund; was hilft das Toben,
God is my friend; what use is the raging
So wider mich ein Feind erhoben!
which an enemy might raise against me!
Ich bin getrost bei Neid und Haß.
I am assured amid envy and hate.
Ja, redet nur die Wahrheit spärlich,
Yes, even speak the truth rarely,
Seid immer falsch, was tut mir das?
be always false, what does it matter to me?
Ihr Spötter seid mir ungefährlich.
You mockers are not a threat to me.

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on the five-verse 1692 hymn by Johann Christoph Rube (Dürr 2005, 624)
  • Text references: second verse of the 1692 hymn by Johann Christoph Rube (adapted)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Philippians 3:17–3:21; Matthew 22:15–22:22


  • Violino I concertato
  • Tenore
  • Continuo


An other obbligato instrument has been lost (probably 2nd Violino) (Dürr 2005, 623).


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