This is a recording conducted by Ton Koopman, one of today's better European interpreters of baroque era music, and he did a lovely job here.
This is BWV 88 - Siehe, ich will viel Fischer aussenden/Behold, I will send out many fishermen, a direct quote of Jeremiah 16: 16 (KJV):
16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
We may read and be edified by this work's English translation at http://emmanuelmusic.org/notes_translations/translations_cantata/t_bwv088.htm#pab1_7
Since this Old Testament Prophecy reading alludes to today's Gospel reading, I'll share the Gospel of Luke 5: 1 - 11 (KJV):
1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
Now Christ makes us fishers of men, of live human beings. The 4th Movement of this Cantata is Luke 5: 10, stating this, as Jesus' own words. The 7th Movement is the 7th verse of Georg Neumark's 1657 hymn, "Wer nur den lieben Gott laesst walten," which we shared in my previous post.
When the perverted mind turns from God and races to its demise, God Almighty could easily do without us. Yet, God, through Jesus Christ our LORD, guides us into the good path AWAY FROM PERVERSION OF ALL KINDS, and toward His CROSS, the PATH TO HEAVEN! Nothing can or must frighten us or cause us to stray from our path to Heaven via Christ's Cross. We go forth joyfully toward what once made us tremble in fear and now leaves us strengthened and encouraged, even though every vile trouble and pain should destroy us.
Here are Dr. Melvin Unger's Scripture cross references for each Movement.
1. Jer. 16: 14 - 16, Hab. 1: 14- 15, Lk. 5: 10.
2. Rom. 10: 21, Mt. 13: 15 (Luther: "verstockt" for "grown dull"), Mt. 23: 37, Rom. 3: 10 - 12 & 15 - 18, Rom. 1: 28, Ps. 103: 10 - 13, 2. Tim. 2: 13, 1 Jn. 4: 10, Rom. 5: 8, Heb. 3: 12 - 13 (Luther: "verstockt" for "hardened," and "Betrug der Suende" for "deceitfulness of sin").
3. Mt. 7: 13 - 14, Is. 53: 6, Ezek. 34: 11 & 16, Is. 30: 21, Jer. 10: 23, Mt. 18: 12 - 13.
4. Lk. 5: 5 - 11.
5. Lk. 5: 4 - 7, 2 Tim. 1: 9 - 10, Rom. 11: 29, 1 Cor. 4: 1 - 2, Mt. 25: 14- 19 & 24 - 27, Jn. 15: 8 & 16.
6. Mt. 14: 28 - 31, Mt. 8: 23 - 27, Is. 14: 27, Rom. 8: 33 - 39, 2 Cor. 4: 7 - 10, Mt. 11: 28 - 30, Rom. 8: 28, James 1: 2- 4, Heb. 12: 11.
7. 2 Tim. 4: 5, Col. 3: 16 - 17, 1 Cor. 4: 1 - 2, Prov. 3: 5 - 6, Ps. 37: 5, Deut. 28: 12, Lam. 3: 22 - 23, Ps. 9: 10, Deut. 31: 8. (Unger, pp. 305 - 308).
God bless and edify you all in HIS Word, which is His TRUTH. Again, because this is originally in German, the scriptures refer to Dr. Martin Luther's translation as Johann S. Bach and his contemporaries read that, which is one reason why Dr. Unger's work in cross-referencing these Scriptures is so important.
Lord willing, I'll return next week to share the music and text of Johann S. Bach's Cantatas for next Sunday. Good night and may God keep you on the path to Heaven.
Unger, Melvin P. (1996). Handbook to Bach's Sacred Cantata Texts. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc.