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God the Preserver of Man

Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

Šāmar, the Hebrew word rendered preserve, is often translated keep in the King James Bible. God promises His people, “I send an Angel before thee, to keep [šāmar] thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared” (Exodus 23:20). Psalms 91:11 (citation 17) affirms, “He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep [šāmar] thee in all thy ways.” (Many other versions of Scripture choose the word protect.) God’s keeping and preserving activity impels His children to trust Him unconditionally for their protection.

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

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Resources cited in this issue

RR: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 3, Introduction to Hebrew Poetry, Job, Psalms, Introduction to Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes. Song of Songs. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 4: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 1, General and Old Testament Articles, Genesis, Exodus. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57; Baltzer, Klaus, and Peter Machinist. Deutero-Isaiah: A Commentary on Isaiah 40-55. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001.

Cit. 6: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 2, Introduction to Narrative Literature, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

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