Shir Lama'alot: Esah Einai (Psalm 121)

שִׁיר לַמַּעֲלוֹת: אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי (תהילים קכא)

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Shir lama'alot,

Esah einai el heharim, meayin yavo ezri?

Ezri me'im Adonai oseh shamayim va'aretz.

Al yiten lamot raglecha, al yanum shomrecha.

Hineh lo yanum - v'lo yishan shomer yisrael.

Adonai shomrecha, Adonai tzilecha, al yad yeminecha.

Yomam hashemesh lo yakeka, vayareich baleilah

Adonai yishmarcha mikol ra, yishmor et nafshecha.

Adonai yishmor tzietcha uvoecha meata vead olam.
שִׁיר לַמַּעֲלוֹת.

אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי, אֶל-הֶהָרִים, מֵאַיִן יָבֹא עֶזְרִי.

עֶזְרִי מֵעִם יְהוָה עֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ.

אַל יִתֵּן לַמּוֹט רַגְלֶךָ, אַל יָנוּם שֹׁמְרֶךָ.

הִנֵּה לֹא יָנוּם, וְלֹא יִישָׁן שׁוֹמֵר יִשְׂרָאֵל.

יְהוָה שֹׁמְרֶךָ, יְהוָה צִלְּךָ, עַל יַד יְמִינֶךָ.

יוֹמָם הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לֹא יַכֶּכָּה ויָרֵחַ בַּלָּיְלָה.

יְהוָה יִשְׁמָרְךָ מִכָּל-רָע יִשְׁמֹר אֶת נַפְשֶׁךָ.

יְהוָה יִשְׁמָר צֵאתְךָ וּבוֹאֶךָ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם.


A Song of Ascents.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains​: from where shall my help come?

My help comes from God, who made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keeps you will not slumber.

Behol​d, He that keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.

God is your keeper; God is your shade upon your right hand.
The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.

God will keep you from all evil; He will keep your soul.

God will guard your going out and your coming in, from this time forth and for ever.

Based​ on Jewish Publicati​on Society 1917 translati​on


This song comprises Psalms 121.

Verses 1-2 and 4 are featured in musical renditions of this psalm, including the recordings below.

Composer of Shalsheles tune (sung by Gabe and Yosef): Yitzchok Rosenthal. Used with permission.

The recording of the Carlebach tune below is an amateur recording and may not be an accurate representation of the tune as written by Rabbi Carlebach. The tune is used with permission from copyright owner Neshama Carlebach. Neshama Carlebach has granted permission to the Zemirot Database to offer interactive streams and downloads of cover versions of the tune.


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