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Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 52

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 12:01 am

It is the twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost. The title of today’s Bach cantata is “Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht” (False world, I trust you not). It is a solo cantata for soprano, with the full choir appearing only in the final chorale.

Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 12:38-44:

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

The Widow’s Offering

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

Honesty is banished from the world,
falsehood has driven it away,
now hypocrisy
remains in its place.
The best friend is unfaithful,
o miserable condition!

It’s all the same, it’s all the same,
even if I am repudiated!
If the false world is my enemy,
O then God will yet be my friend,
He who deals honestly with me.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.


  1. Arrogance and dishonesty. It is all the same.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/11/2018 @ 12:33 am

  2. In Jesus’ time, I think the teachers of the law were scribes/rabbis, not lawyers. They taught religious law, not secular law.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/11/2018 @ 9:40 am

  3. My understanding is that Jesus did not want the teachers to put obeying the rules ahead of knowing and loving God/Christ.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/11/2018 @ 9:46 am

  4. I think that’s right.

    Just wait, though, for some smart aleck to use this passage to attack lawyers…

    Comment by Patterico — 11/11/2018 @ 9:52 am

  5. That is what made me think about it.

    Jerre Williams’ son is an Episcopalian priest that I used to listen to online. He often included Bible history in his sermons, and he pointed out things like this. It really added to my understanding of the Word.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/11/2018 @ 11:46 am

  6. What is it like in California? The fires are so devastating. The scope is hard to grasp.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/11/2018 @ 2:53 pm

  7. They looked like a bomb going off on Friday. Like a mushroom cloud.

    Comment by Patterico — 11/11/2018 @ 9:38 pm

  8. I hope they can put the fires out quickly and there are no new fires, but the wind forecast isn’t good.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/12/2018 @ 9:08 am

  9. It has been very windy.

    Comment by Patterico — 11/12/2018 @ 10:15 am

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