A psalm written for people going up to the temple to worship
1 When we travel toward Jerusalem,
I look up toward the hills and I ask myself, “Who will help me?”
2 And my answer is that Yahweh is the one who helps me;
he is the one who made heaven and the earth.
3 He will not allow us to fall/stumble;
God, who protects us, will not fall asleep.
4 The one who protects us Israeli people
never gets sleepy, nor does he sleep [LIT].
5 Yahweh watches over us;
he is like the shade [MET] that protects us from the sun.
6 He will not allow the sun to harm us during the day,
and he will not allow the moon to harm us during the night.
7 Yahweh will protect us from being harmed in any manner;
he will keep us safe.
8 He will protect us from the time that we leave our houses in the morning until we return in the evening;
he will protect us now, and he will protect us forever.