1 A Song of Ascents. I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: from whence shall my help come?
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א שִׁיר לַמַּעֲלוֹת אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי אֶל הֶהָרִים מֵאַיִן יָבֹא עֶזְרִי.
121:1 I will lift up my eyes unto the mountains
The psalmist might have been standing at the foot of a large mountain, perhaps the Hermon mountain range, about to embark on a long journey, when he composed this psalm. As he looks up to the mountains, he is in awe of their beauty, their massiveness, their sheer greatness. It makes him feel meek, and he wonders from where did they come? Who is behind them? Who will protect him on his journey through them? When looking at nature, at the beauty of a mountain, a waterfall or a great forest, how many times do we stop and acknowledge the Creator who sustains it all? When travelling and seeing God’s creations, how often do we respond “my source of strength is from God, maker of heaven and earth?”
2 My help cometh from Hashem, who made heaven and earth.
ב עֶזְרִי מֵעִם יְהוָה עֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
ג אַל יִתֵּן לַמּוֹט רַגְלֶךָ אַל יָנוּם שֹׁמְרֶךָ.
4 Behold, He that keepeth Yisrael doth neither slumber nor sleep.
ד הִנֵּה לֹא יָנוּם וְלֹא יִישָׁן שׁוֹמֵר יִשְׂרָאֵל.
5 Hashem is thy keeper; Hashem is thy shade upon thy right hand.
ה יְהוָה שֹׁמְרֶךָ יְהוָה צִלְּךָ עַל יַד יְמִינֶךָ.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
ו יוֹמָם הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לֹא יַכֶּכָּה וְיָרֵחַ בַּלָּיְלָה.
7 Hashem shall keep thee from all evil; He shall keep thy soul.
ז יְהוָה יִשְׁמָרְךָ מִכָּל רָע יִשְׁמֹר אֶת נַפְשֶׁךָ.
8 Hashem shall guard thy going out and thy coming in, from this time forth and for ever.
ח יְהוָה יִשְׁמָר צֵאתְךָ וּבוֹאֶךָ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם.