BWV 89 Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim?
Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity.
1. Hos. 11:8; 6. Johann Heermann, verse 7 of "Wo soll ich fliehen hin," 1630 (Fischer-Tümpel, I, #322).
24 October 1723, Leipzig.
BG 20, 1; NBA I/26.
1. Aria [Dictum] (B)
What shall I make of thee now, Ephraim(1)? Shall
thee, Israel? Shall I not simply an Admah(2) make
out of thee
now, and like a Zeboim(3) transform thee? But
this my heart is
other-minded, and my compassion's love is too ardent.
2. Recit. (A)
Yea, surely oweth God
3. Aria (A)
An unforgiving word of judgment
Who have not mercy exercised,(4)
Reducing them like Sodom to mere nothing.
4. Recit. (S)
Well, then, my heart will lay wrath, rage, and strife aside;
5. Aria (S)
O righteous God, ah, countest thou?
6. Chorale (S, A, T, B)
My failings are so great,
1. Ephraim was the most powerful tribe of Israel.
2. For Admah 'red lands' cf. Gen. 10:19; 14:2 and 8; Dt. 29:33. It was overthrown in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
3. Zeboim 'hyena' was one of the five Cities of the Plain. Cf. Gen. 10:19 and Dt. 29:23.
4. Cf. Jas. 2:13.
5. Cf. Rom. 10:4.
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