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Psalms 121:4

4 Not on your life! Israel's Guardian will never doze or sleep.

Psalms 121:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 121:4

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor
] He that kept Israel or Jacob, when asleep, and appeared to him in a dream, and promised to keep him in all places, and did; who found his posterity in the wilderness, and kept them as the apple of his eye: he keeps his spiritual Israel, whom he has chosen, redeemed, and calls; and he that is in general their keeper, is the keeper of every particular believer, who may promise themselves the utmost safety under his care; since, though he may sometimes seem to sleep, when he withdraws his gracious presence, defers help, and does not arise so soon to the assistance of his people as they wish for and expect; yet does not in reality sleep, nor is any ways negligent of them; no, not so much as slumber, nor is in the least indifferent about them, and careless of them; see ( Genesis 28:15 ) ( Deuteronomy 32:10 ) ( Psalms 44:23 ) . So Homer F11 represents Jupiter as not held by sleep, while other gods and men slept all night; and hence Milton F12 has the phrase of "the unsleeping eyes of God": but the Phrygians had a notion that their god slept in winter, and was awake in summer F13.


F11 Iliad. 2. v. 1, 2.
F12 Paradise Lost, B. 5. v. 647.
F13 Plutarch. de Iside & Osir. prope finem.

Psalms 121:4 In-Context

2 No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.
3 He won't let you stumble, your Guardian God won't fall asleep.
4 Not on your life! Israel's Guardian will never doze or sleep.
5 God's your Guardian, right at your side to protect you -
6 Shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moonstroke.
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