4. Mein Seelenschatz ist Gottes Wort

From Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt, BWV 18, Later version (Leipzig)

Johann Sebastian Bach
F major
42 measures

German text

English translation

Mein Seelenschatz ist Gottes Wort;
God’s word is my soul’s treasure;
Ausser dem sind alle Schätze
Aside from it, all treasures are
Solche Netze,
Such nets
Welche Welt und Satan stricken,
As the world and Satan weave
Schnöde Seelen zu berücken.
To ensnare contemptible souls.
Fort mit allen, fort, nur fort!
Away with all [those treasures], away, just away!
Mein Seelenschatz ist Gottes Wort.
God’s word is my soul’s treasure.

About the text

  • Author: Erdmann Neumeister
  • Drawn from “Erdmann Neumeister’s third cycle of cantatas (1711), which had been written for the Eisenach court and set to music by Telemann” (Dürr 2005, 233).
  • Scripture readings for the day: 2 Corinthians 11:19–12:9; Luke 8:4–8:15


  • Flauto dolce I + Flauto dolce II
  • Viola I + Viola II + Viola III + Viola IV
  • Soprano
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Violone / Organo


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