Psalm 121

1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains:
From whence shall my help come ?

1 See Psalm xviii. 1. R. 279.
See Psalm xxxvi. 7. R, 336.
See Psalm xviii. 1. E. 326.
By mountains are here understood the heavens. Since in the heavens they who are in the goods of love and charity dwell upon mountains and hills, and the Lord is in these goods, therefore by lifting up the eyes to the mountains is also understood lifting them to the Lord, from whom is all help. E. 405.

2 My help cometh from Jehovah,
Who made heaven and earth.

1-8. (Prayer) to the Father to keep (Him). P. P.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
He that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.

3 The spiritual sense is, He will not suffer the natural to wander away from truths, for in proportion as the natural strays, the interiors which are of the understanding and will stray also. E. 666.
3-6. The watchers used to be upon the walls observing whether an enemy approached, and by a cry announcing what they saw. By them in the internal representative sense is meant the Lord, and by watch His continual presence and protection. A. 821 1.

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

5, 6. To be a shade on the right hand is to be a defence against evil and falsity. Shade stands here for a shady place to preserve from hurt, and the right hand for power and wisdom from Divine truth, which would be hurt by evil and falsity unless the Lord defended. By the sun is signified the love of self and thence all evil, and by the moon the falsity of evil. E. 298.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day,
Nor the moon by night.

6, By the sun is here understood the love of self, and by the moon the false thence derived. Since all evil is from that love, and from evil what is false, therefore it is said — see verse 7. E. 401.

7 Jehovah will keep thee from all evil;
He will keep thy soul.
8 Jehovah will keep thy going out and thy coming in
From this time forth and for evermore.

7, 8. To keep the exit and the entrance means everything of the life according to a state of good and of truth. A. 9927.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)