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121. Psalm 121
1I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains:
From whence shall my help come?
2My help cometh from Jehovah,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 aHe will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4Behold, he that keepeth Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
5Jehovah is thy keeper:
Jehovah is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6The sun shall not smite thee by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7Jehovah will keep thee from all evil;
He will keep thy soul.
8Jehovah will keep thy going out and thy coming in
From this time forth and for evermore.
6. The sun shall not smite thee by day. By these forms of expression the Psalmist magnifies the advantages which result to us from our having God present with us; and, by the figure synecdoche, under one particular, he declares in general that the faithful shall be safe from all adversities, defended as they are by Divine power. The language is metaphorical, the cold of night and the heat of day denoting all kind of inconveniences. The sense then is, that although God’s people may be subject in common with others to the miseries of human life, yet his shadow is always at their side to shield them from thereby receiving any harm. The Prophet does not, however, promise the faithful a condition of such felicity and comfort as implies an exemption from all trouble; he only, for the purpose of assuaging their sorrows, sets before them this consolation — that being interested in the Divine layout, they shall be secure from all deadly harm; a point which he unfolds more distinctly in the following verses, where he tells us that God will so keep his own people from all evils, as to maintain their life in safety. The statement in the text before us is indeed general, but he afterwards specifies the chief parts of human life.