4. Betörte Welt, betörte Welt!

From Was frag ich nach der Welt, BWV 94

Johann Sebastian Bach
e minor
54 measures

German text

English translation

Betörte Welt, betörte Welt!
Deluded world, deluded world!
Auch dein Reichtum, Gut und Geld
Even your riches, goods and money
Ist Betrug und falscher Schein.
are trickery and counterfeit.
Du magst den eitlen Mammon zählen,
You may count your vain Mammon,
Ich will davor mir Jesum wählen;
I will value my Jesus foremost;
Jesus, Jesus soll allein
Jesus, Jesus shall alone
Meiner Seele Reichtum sein.
be the riches of my soul.
Betörte Welt, betörte Welt!
Deluded world, deluded world!

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • “Based on the eight-verse hymn by Balthasar Kindermann (1664)” (Dürr 2005, 470)
  • Text references: fourth verse of hymn by Balthasar Kindermann (1664) (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Corinthians 10:6–10:13; Luke 16:1–16:9


  • Flauto traverso solo
  • Alto
  • Continuo


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