Romans 2:4-5 [German] – Do you scorn the riches of His mercy, patience, and forebearance? Do you not know that God’s goodness lures you to repentance? You, however, because of your stubborn and unpenitent hearts, store up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath and the revelation of the righteous judgment of God.

Verachtest du den Reichtum seiner Gnade, Geduld und Langmütigkeit? Weißest du nicht, daß dich Gottes Güte zur Buße locket? Du aber nach deinem verstockten und unbußfertigen Herzen häufest dir selbst den Zorn auf den Tage des Zorns und der Offenbarung des gerechten Gerichts Gottes.

"Saint Paul Writing His Epistles" by Valentin de Boulogne. Imaginably, from Romans: "Do you scorn the riches of His mercy...?"
“Saint Paul Writing His Epistles” by Valentin de Boulogne

Arioso (bass): Verachtest du den Reichtum seiner, from Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben, Cantata 102, BWV 102, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). First performed 25 August 1726, the Tenth Sunday after Trinity.

J. S. Bach. Cantata 102 BWV 102. 4.Arioso (bass): Verachtest du den Reichtum seiner Gnade

Performed by Concentus Musicus Wien

Free sheet music in YouTube video above or from Petrucci Music Library

Stained glass windows from the eastern side of the Blumeneck Family Chapel. Photo by James Steakley / CC BY-SA 3.0

Psalm 31:5 [German]

Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

In deine Hände befehle ich meinen Geist; du hast mich erlöst, HERR, du treuer Gott.

Aria: In deine Hände, from Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, Cantata BWV 106, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 106, Aria: In deine Hände

Performed by Consort Maghini

Free sheet music at Choral Public Domain Library

Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach’s harmonization on organ around a chorale melody and text that paraphrases Psalm 51:1-4

German text of chorale:

Erbarm’ Dich mein o Herre Gott!
nach Deiner groß’n Barmherzigkeit,
wasch’ ab mach’ rein mein’ Missethat,
ich kenn’ mein’ Sünd’ und ist mir leid;
allein ich Dir gesündigt hab’,
das ist wider mich stetiglich;
das Bös’ vor Dir mag nicht bestahn,
Du bleibst gerecht, ob Du urtheilest mich.

English translation of chorale:

O God, be mercyfull to me,
Accordynge to Thy great pitie;
Washe of, make clene my iniquite:
I knowlege my synne, and it greveth me
Agaynst The, agaynst The only
Have Isynned, which is before myne eye:
Though Thou be judged in man’s syght,
Yet are Thy wordes founde true and ryght.

Psalm 51:1-4

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Erbarme dich mein, O Herre Gott, BWV 721, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

J. S. Bach: Erbarme dich mein, O Herre Gott BWV 721

Performed by Robert Hovencamp, organist


 International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) / Petrucci Music Library


Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait ...
Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, Copy or second Version of his 1746 Canvas, private ownership of William H. Scheide, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 41:10; 43:1 [German]

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Fürchte dich nicht, BWV 228 (1726), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Bach: Motet Fürchte dich nicht - BWV 228

Performed by Musica Amphion & Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam


MP3: Motette, Fürchte dich nicht, BWV 228


Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Konrad Ameln. This edition: Urtext edition. Paperback. Sacred, Motetten, Barock (Motets, Baroque). Choral score, anthology. BWV 225-230. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA5193).


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