BWV 90 Es reißet euch ein schrecklich Ende

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity.

Poet unknown.

5. Martin Moller, verse 7 of "Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott," 1584.

14 November 1723, Leipzig.

BG 20, 1; NBA I/27.

1. Aria (T)

To ruin you an awful ending
You sinners and disdainers, brings.

    Your store of sin is fully measured,
    But your completely stubborn minds
    Of him their judge have quite forgotten.

2. Recit. (A)

The Highest's kindness is from day to day renewed,(1)
But ingrates always sin against such mercy.
Oh, what a desp'rate act of mischief
Which thee to thy destruction leads.
Ah! Is thy heart not to be touched?
That God's dear kindness may
To true repentance guide thee?(2)
His faithful heart reveals itself
In countless works of grace appearing:
Quick doth he build the lofty temples,(3)
Quick is the verdant pasture readied(4)
On which the word's true manna falls
And gives thee strength.
And yet, O wicked life of mortals,
Good deeds are spent on thee for nothing.

3. Aria (B)

Extinguish with haste will the judge in his vengeance
The lamp of his word as his sentence in full.(5)

    Ye must then, O sinners for your own transgressions
    The outrage on your sacred places now suffer,
    Ye make of the temples a house full of death.(6)

4. Recit. (T)

Yet God's observant eye regards us as his chosen:(7)
And though no man the hostile host may number,
The hero shields us yet in Israel,
His arm restrains the foe's attack
And helps us stand;
In peril is his word's great strength
Just that much more perceived and manifest.

5. Chorale (S, A, T, B)

Lead us with this thy just right hand
And bless our city and our land,
Give us alway thy holy word,
Protect from devil's craft, discord;
And send a blessed hour of peace,
That we forever be with thee!

1. Cf. Lam. 3:22-23.

2. Cf. Rom. 2:4.

3. Cf. Zech. 6:12-15.

4. Cf. Ps. 23:2.

5. Cf. Rev. 2:5.

6. Cf. Lk. 19:46, Mt. 21:13 and passim.

7. Cf. Mt. 24:22.

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