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Psalms 121:5

    Psalms 121:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade on your right hand.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Jehovah is thy keeper: Jehovah is thy shade upon thy right hand.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.

    Webster's Revision

    Jehovah is thy keeper: Jehovah is thy shade upon thy right hand.

    World English Bible

    Yahweh is your keeper. Yahweh is your shade on your right hand.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 121:5

    The Lord is thy keeper - Thy Preserver; thy Defender. He will keep time from danger; he will keep thee from sin; he will keep thee unto salvation.

    The Lord is thy shade - The Lord is as a shadow: as the shadow of a rock, a house, or a tree, in the intense rays of the burning sun. See the notes at Isaiah 25:4.

    Upon thy right hand - See Psalm 16:8; Psalm 109:31. Perhaps the particular allusion to the right hand here may be that that was the place of a protector. He would thus be at hand, or would be ready to interpose in defense of him whom he was to guard. It is possible, however, that the idea here may be derived from the fact that in Scripture the geographer is represented as looking to the east, and not toward the north, as with us. Hence, the south is always spoken of as the right, or at the right hand (compare the notes at Psalm 89:12); and as the intense rays of the sun are from the south, the idea may be, that God would be as a shade in the direction from which those burning rays came.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 121:5

    121:5 Shade - To keep thee from the burning heat of the sun.