My Lent Words 36: Keep my soul safe

The Hebrew word samar means keep, watch, guard, look after or observe. Two meanings are found in Deuteronomy 4.

‘Observe (my laws) carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations…’ (Deuteronomy 4:6)

‘Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.’ (Deuteronomy 4:9)

It occurs six times in the following passage:

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and for evermore. (Psalm 121:3-8)

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