Psalm 121:5
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New International Version
The LORD watches over you-- the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

New Living Translation
The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade.

English Standard Version
The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD protects you; the LORD is a shelter right by your side.

International Standard Version
The LORD is your guardian; the LORD is your shade at your right side.

NET Bible
The LORD is your protector; the LORD is the shade at your right hand.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah is your keeper and Lord Jehovah will put you in his right hand.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD is your guardian. The LORD is the shade over your right hand.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD is thy keeper; The LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

New American Standard 1977
The LORD is your keeper;
            The LORD is your shade on your right hand.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade upon your right hand.

American King James Version
The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade on your right hand.

American Standard Version
Jehovah is thy keeper: Jehovah is thy shade upon thy right hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord is thy keeper, the Lord is thy protection upon thy right hand.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah is thy keeper, Jehovah is thy shade upon thy right hand;

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

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

World English Bible
Yahweh is your keeper. Yahweh is your shade on your right hand.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah is thy preserver, Jehovah is thy shade on thy right hand,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

121:1-8 The safety of the godly. - We must not rely upon men and means, instruments and second causes. Shall I depend upon the strength of the hills? upon princes and great men? No; my confidence is in God only. Or, we must lift up our eyes above the hills; we must look to God who makes all earthly things to us what they are. We must see all our help in God; from him we must expect it, in his own way and time. This psalm teaches us to comfort ourselves in the Lord, when difficulties and dangers are greatest. It is almighty wisdom that contrives, and almighty power that works the safety of those that put themselves under God's protection. He is a wakeful, watchful Keeper; he is never weary; he not only does not sleep, but he does not so much as slumber. Under this shade they may sit with delight and assurance. He is always near his people for their protection and refreshment. The right hand is the working hand; let them but turn to their duty, and they shall find God ready to give them success. He will take care that his people shall not fall. Thou shalt not be hurt, neither by the open assaults, nor by the secret attempts of thine enemies. The Lord shall prevent the evil thou fearest, and sanctify, remove, or lighten the evil thou feelest. He will preserve the soul, that it be not defiled by sin, and disturbed by affliction; he will preserve it from perishing eternally. He will keep thee in life and death; going out to thy labour in the morning of thy days, and coming home to thy rest when the evening of old age calls thee in. It is a protection for life. The Spirit, who is their Preserver and Comforter, shall abide with them for ever. Let us be found in our work, assured that the blessings promised in this psalm are ours.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - The Lord is thy Keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. "Thy shade" means "thy protection." "thy defense." Protection was especially needed on the right hand, as the side which no shield guarded. Latin writers call the right side "latus aperture."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord is thy keeper,.... This explains more fully who it is that keeps Israel and particular believers, and confirms the same; not a creature, but the Lord; the Word of the Lord, as the Targum, in Psalm 121:7, Christ, the Word and Wisdom of God; who is the keeper of his people by the designation of his Father, who has put them into his hands to be kept by him; and by their full will and consent, who commit the keeping of their souls to him; for which he is abundantly qualified, being able as the mighty God; faithful to him that has appointed him; tender and compassionate to those under his care, whom he keeps as the apple of his eye; and diligent and constant, for he keeps them night and day, lest any hurt them: he keeps them as they are his flock, made his care and charge; as they are the vineyard of the Lord of hosts; as they are a city, which, unless the Lord keeps, the watchmen watch in vain; as they are his body and members of it, and as they are his jewels and peculiar treasure: these he keeps in the love of God; in his own hands; in the covenant of grace; in an estate of grace; and in his own ways, safe to his kingdom and glory;

the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand; he is at the right hand of his people, to hold their right hand; to teach them to go, lead them into communion with himself, and hold them up safe; and to strengthen their right hand, assist them in working, without whom they can do nothing; and to counsel and direct them, and to protect and defend them against all their enemies. So a shadow signifies defence; see Numbers 14:9, Ecclesiastes 7:12; and such great personages are to others; in which sense Virgil (n) uses the word "shadow"; and much more true is this of God himself. And he is like the shadow of a great rock in a weary land; or of a spreading tree, which is a protection from heat, and very reviving and refreshing; see Isaiah 32:2. The allusion may be to the pillar of cloud by day, which guided and guarded the Israelites in the wilderness, and was a shadow from the heat, Isaiah 4:5; as Christ is from the heat of a fiery law, the flaming sword of justice, the wrath of God, and the fiery darts of Satan.

(n) "Et magnum reginae nomen obumbrat", Aeneid. l. xi.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. upon thy right hand—a protector's place (Ps 109:31; 110:5).

Psalm 121:5 Additional Commentaries
I will Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills
4Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. 5The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. 6The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night.…
Cross References
Revelation 7:16
Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,' nor any scorching heat.

Genesis 28:15
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."

Psalm 16:8
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 91:1
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 109:31
For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.

Psalm 121:4
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

Isaiah 25:4
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Exodus 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead …

Isaiah 4:5,6 And the LORD will create on every dwelling place of mount Zion, and …

Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy …

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Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …


Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, …

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