Psalms 121


שִׁיר לַמַּעֲלוֹת אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי אֶל־הֶהָרִים מֵאַיִן יָבֹא עֶזְרִי׃   121:1

Psal. 121:1   A song for ascendance:

                        Let me lift my eyes to the mountains.

                                From where shall my help come?

עֶזְרִי מֵעִם יְהוָה עֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ׃   121:2

Psal. 121:2   My help is from the Lord,

                                Maker of heaven and earth.

אַל־יִתֵּן לַמּוֹט רַגְלֶךָ אַל־יָנוּם שֹׁמְרֶךָ׃   121:3

Psal. 121:3   He will not give your foot over to tottering;

                                your Keeper will not slumber.

הִנֵּה לֹא־יָנוּם וְלֹא יִישָׁן שׁוֹמֵר יִשְׂרָאֵל׃   121:4

Psal. 121:4   Behold! The Guardian of Israel will not slumber or sleep.

יְהוָה שֹׁמְרֶךָ יְהוָה צִלְּךָ עַל־יַד יְמִינֶךָ׃   121:5

Psal. 121:5   The Lord is your Keeper.

                                The Lord is your Shade on your right hand.

יוֹמָם הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לֹא־יַכֶּכָּה וְיָרֵחַ בַּלָּיְלָה׃   121:6

Psal. 121:6   The sun will not smite you by day,

                                or the moon by night.

The scholars consider this verse to be meant in a literal sense, not metaphorically.  Sunstroke was fairly common in Israel, and in the psalmist’s time, even up until a few hundred years ago, the moon was blamed for lunacy.

יְהוָה יִשְׁמָרְךָ מִכָּל־רָע יִשְׁמֹר אֶת־נַפְשֶׁךָ׃   121:7

Psal. 121:7   The Lord will keep you from every evil,

                                He will keep your soul.

יְהוָה יִשְׁמָר־צֵאתְךָ וּבוֹאֶךָ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד־עוֹלָם׃   121:8

Psal. 121:8   The Lord will guard your going and your coming

                               from now and until forever.


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