1 (A Song of degrees.)

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

[KJV mgn rendering suggests that idolators looked to the hills for salvation]

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

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

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

Life Energy Derived

Since the rulers of the future age are partakers of the life energy of Him who slumbers not nor sleeps (Psalm cxxi.2-4), their division into twelve sets of twenty-four to each set cannot be for the purpose of sleep; nevertheless, two purposes may be ensured by such an arrangement: first, during each month twelve sets of twenty-four thousand will always be provided, one set of twelve in each district, and another set administrating at the Temple.

Secondly, a period for rest and recuperation of energy may be provided for each set of administrators. Just as the Angels (Elohim) rested from their labours on the seventh day (Gen. i. 31; 11. 1-3), so also the kings and priests of the future age may require opportunity for recuperation of energy expended in their work.

The necessity for repose and recuperation is illustrated in allcreation. It is said that even a steel girder will gather strength if released from its burden. So also the discovery of radium and other forms of radio activity tell the same story.

We do not live in a falling universe, nor yet is our energy spontaneously self-generated. To postulate the former is to assume that the universe came into existence from some unknown source, and will disappear in the future. To postulate the latter is to assume that energy came out of inertia.

The truth is that underived life, energy and wisdom existed from all time in the Father, out of Whom all things are (1 Cor. viii. 6) and who upholds all things by His power :

"in Him we live, and move, and have our being " (Acts xvii. 28).

So notwithstanding the power of an endless life, that power being a derived power still leaves those who possess it dependent for continued sustenance upon the primal source of all energy. Although they cannot lose their life, because the Father has decreed otherwise, the provision for rest and recuperation of energy seems a reasonable inference from the premises.

The Temple of Ezekiel's prophecy 5.6.8.

5 Yahweh is thy keeper: Yahweh is thy shade upon thy right hand.

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

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

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

Revised Version

A Song of Ascents.

1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains:From whence shall my help come?2My help cometh from the LORD,Which made heaven and earth.3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:He that keepeth thee will not slumber.4Behold, he that keepeth IsraelShall neither slumber nor sleep.5The LORD is thy keeper:The LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.6The sun shall not smite thee by day,Nor the moon by night.7The LORD shall keep thee from all evil;He shall keep thy soul.8The LORD shall keep thy going out and thy coming in,From this time forth and for evermore.