7. Es halt es mit der blinden Welt

From Was frag ich nach der Welt, BWV 94

Johann Sebastian Bach
f sharp minor
53 measures

German text

English translation

Es halt es mit der blinden Welt,
He can cling to the blind world
Wer nichts auf seine Seele hält,
who cares nothing for his soul;
Mir ekelt vor der Erden.
I am sick of the earth.
Ich will nur meinen Jesum lieben
I only want to love my Jesus
Und mich in Buß und Glauben üben,
and act in repentance and faith,
So kann ich reich und selig werden.
then I can be rich and happy.

About the text

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


  • Oboe d’amore solo
  • Soprano
  • Continuo: Organo


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