2. Sie lehren eitel falsche List

From Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, BWV 2

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
c minor → d minor
Meter
4/4
Tempo
adagio
Structure
none
Length
13 measures

German text

English translation

Sie lehren eitel falsche List,
They teach vain, false deceit,
Was wider Gott und seine Wahrheit ist;
which is opposed to God and His truth;
Und was der eigen Witz erdenket,
and what their own wits think up,
—O Jammer! der die Kirche schmerzlich kränket—
—O sorrow! which so painfully weakens the church—
Das muß anstatt der Bibel stehn.
must take the place of the Bible.
Der eine wählet dies, der andre das,
One chooses this, the other that,
Die törichte Vernunft ist ihr Kompaß;
and foolish reason is their compass.
Sie gleichen denen Totengräbern
They are just like the tombs of the dead,
Die, ob sie zwar von außen schön,
which, though they may be fair on the outside,
Nur Stank und Moder in sich fassen
contain mere stench and mould within them
Und lauter Unflat sehen lassen.
and display pure obscenity.
(Ach, Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein,” verse 2)
 

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Based on Martin Luther’s 1524 adaption of Psalm 12 (Dürr 2005, 403)
  • Scripture readings for the day: I John 3:13–3:18; Luke 14:16–14:24

Instrumentation

  • Tenore
  • Continuo: Organo

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