Psalms 121
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1  A song for ascents. I turn my eyes to the mountains; from where will my help come?

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א  שִׁיר לַמַּעֲלוֹת אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי אֶל־הֶהָרִים מֵאַיִן יָבֹא עֶזְרִי׃

 121:1   I turn my eyes to the mountains

When he composed this psalm, the psalmist might have been standing at the foot of a large mountain, perhaps the Chermon mountain range, about to embark on a long journey. As he looks up to the mountains, he stands 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 the diverse natural wonders found in Israel, such as the majestic Chermon mountain, the Banyas waterfalls or the great Carmel forest, how many times do we stop and acknowledge the Creator who sustains it all? When travelling throughout the beautiful Land of Israel, how often do we call out, “My help comes from Hashem, Maker of heaven and earth”?2 comments

2  My help comes from Hashem, maker of heaven and earth.

ב  עֶזְרִי מֵעִם יְהֹוָה עֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ׃

3  He will not let your foot give way; your guardian will not slumber;

ג  אַל־יִתֵּן לַמּוֹט רַגְלֶךָ אַל־יָנוּם שֹׁמְרֶךָ׃

4  See, the guardian of Yisrael neither slumbers nor sleeps!

ד  הִנֵּה לֹא־יָנוּם וְלֹא יִישָׁן שׁוֹמֵר יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

5  Hashem is your guardian, Hashem is your protection at your right hand.

ה  יְהֹוָה שֹׁמְרֶךָ יְהֹוָה צִלְּךָ עַל־יַד יְמִינֶךָ׃

6  By day the sun will not strike you, nor the moon by night.

ו  יוֹמָם הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לֹא־יַכֶּכָּה וְיָרֵחַ בַּלָּיְלָה׃

7  Hashem will guard you from all harm; He will guard your life.

ז  יְהֹוָה יִשְׁמָרְךָ מִכָּל־רָע יִשְׁמֹר אֶת־נַפְשֶׁךָ׃

8  Hashem will guard your going and coming now and forever.

ח  יְהֹוָה יִשְׁמָר־צֵאתְךָ וּבוֹאֶךָ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד־עוֹלָם׃

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  • Phil Lambert

    John 3:16-17
    16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
    1 Peter 1:19
    16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 22Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
    Isaiah 52:14
    14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
    Isaiah 53:5-8
    5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
    6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
    7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
    8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
    Romans 10:9-21
    9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
    10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
    11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
    12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
    13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  • Lauren Hermann

    I don't know whether any of you have seen the film, "The Falcon and the Snowman", a true story. The movie begins with the 121st psalm put to music, a sublime melody by Pat Metheny, who wrote the entire soundtrack. To me, the message of this psalm comes through in such a beautiful, mysterious way. I have requested my husband and other members of my family to have this played at my funeral, should they outlive me.


    So beautiful….and yet so profound….My God, my Father, my strength

  • Mary lynn

    I like this translation because by keeping the original names gives the real and original meaning /message. We need to understand that words like "god" neither "the lord" are not in the original texts. I wish I could have a copy of this translation. My husband is native English speaker, and I am Spanish speaker so it's being difficult to find a translation like this. Thanks.

  • Seeker

    Verse 3: Psalm 121 is all about HaShem’s care and concern for Eretz Yisrael, but zero in on verse 4: “See, the guardian of Yisrael neither slumbers nor sleeps!”
    True in the psalmist’s day, true today. Believe it; but we should never take HaShem’s oversight for granted: He still requires and honors obedience.

  • The LORD shall guard thy going out and thy coming in, from this time forth and for ever.

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