New American Standard Bible
Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.
King James Bible
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, he that keepeth Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
World English Bible
Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Young's Literal Translation
Lo, He slumbereth not, nor sleepeth, He who is preserving Israel.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Behold, he that keepeth Israel - The Keeper - the Guardian - of his people. The psalmist here passes from his own particular case to a general truth - a truth to him full of consolation. It is, that the people of God must always be safe; that their great Guardian never slumbers; and that he, as one of his people, might, therefore, confidently look for his protecting care.
Shall neither slumber nor sleep - Never slumbers, never ceases to be watchful. Man sleeps; a sentinel may slumber on his post, by inattention, by long-continued wakefulness, or by weariness; a pilot may slumber at the helm; even a mother may fall asleep by the side of the sick child; but God is never exhausted, is never weary, is never inattentive. He never closes his eyes on the condition of his people, on the needs of the world.
LibraryThe Saint Prays to be Directed by a Different Way. Intellectual visions.
1. I now resume the story of my life. I was in great pain and distress; and many prayers, as I said,  were made on my behalf, that our Lord would lead me by another and a safer way; for this, they told me, was so suspicious. The truth is, that though I was praying to God for this, and wished I had a desire for another way, yet, when I saw the progress I was making, I was unable really to desire a change,--though I always prayed for it,--excepting on those occasions when I was extremely cast …
Teresa of Avila—The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
A Song of Ascents, of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.
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