The librettist for this work was Christiana Mariana von Ziegler. She collaborated with Bach on nine cantatas after Easter 1724, beginning with Ihr werdet weinen und heulen, BWV 103. In several of these works, she began with a quotation of Jesus from the Gospel. For this cantata, she quoted the Bible three times, taking a quotation from the Gospel as a starting point in movement 1 (verse 23), another one in movement 4 (verse 28), and a quotation from an epistle by Paul in movement 6 (Romans 8:1). She concluded the text with the second stanza from Paul Gerhardt's hymn "Gott Vater, sende deinen Geist". Much of her text was based on the "metaphysical" readings of the Gospel of John.

Librettist Christiane Mariane von Ziegler
Date of composition 1725 in Leipzig, Germany
First published 1870, unsure; in Leipzig, Germany
Type Cantata
Catalogue BWV 74
Approx. duration 24 minutes
Spoken language German
Instruments Voice (Soprano)
Voice (Alto)
Voice (Tenor)
Voice (Bass)
Chorus/Choir
Oboe da caccia
Oboe
Timpani
Trumpet
Strings
Continuo
Autotranslations beta Jean-S├ębastien Bach: Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 74 ""Whoever loves me will keep my Word""
Johann Sebastian Bach: Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 74 ""Whoever loves me will keep my Word""
Johann Sebastian Bach: Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 74 ""Whoever loves me will keep my Word""