Psalm 121 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Psalm 121 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

King James Version

SAB comment

My comment

1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

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

(121:3-4) Does God sleep?

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

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

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

(121:5-6) "The LORD is thy keeper.... The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night."
So believers don't have to bother with sunscreen. God will protect them from sunburn, and moonburn too.
The poet speaks here poetically of course. The sun doesn't literally smite. But the sun and the moon are here taken for tyrants and rulers as in other places, see for example Matthew 24:29.

7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.