1. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan

From Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
G major
Meter
4/4
Structure
none
Length
116 measures

German text

English translation

Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan,
What God does is done well;
Es bleibt gerecht sein Wille;
His will remains righteous.
Wie er fängt meine Sachen an,
However he dispatches my affairs
Will ich ihm halten stille.
I will keep still before him.
Er ist mein Gott,
He is my God,
Der in der Not
Who in [times of] distress
Mich wohl weiss zu erhalten;
Knows well how to preserve me;
Drum lass ich ihn nur walten.
That is why I just let him rule.
 

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on hymn by Samuel Rodigast (1674)
  • Text references: first verse of Samuel Rodigast’s 1674 hymn (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Galatians 5:25–6:10; Matthew 6:24–6:34

Instrumentation

  • Cornetto chorale
  • Flauto traverso
  • Oboe d’amore
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano chorale
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo

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