Word Origin:
שָׁמַר
Transliteration:  shamar
Part of speech: verb
Pronunciation: (shaw-mar’)
Definition (from Strong’s Concordance): to keep, watch, preserve
First usage: Genesis 2:15

The Hebrew word,šāmar is commonly translated as “to keep”, “to watch”, “to guard”, “to preserve”, “to observe”, “beware”, and “to take heed”. 

In Genesis 2:15 the LORD God placed Adam in the garden to work and to keep it.  We know what happened; sin was allowed into the perfect Creation of the Almighty. The failure to keep the instruction to refrain from eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil resulted in sin.  As a shepherd watches over his flock, our Father does the same for His people.  His people, in turn, have an obligation to keep His instructions.  

Here are a few verses from the Scriptures that can help paint a broader picture of context. 

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15 

“…for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Exodus 20:5-6

Keep my statutes and do them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you.”  Leviticus 20:8 

Beware that your hearts are not easily deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods, and worship them.” Deuteronomy 11:16  

“The LORD preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.” Psalm 145:20 

One who guards his mouth protects his life; one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.  Proverbs 13:3

Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life; he who despises his ways will die. Proverbs 19:16 

(All verses taken from the English Standard Version, ESV)

Link to Biblehub for further study: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/8104.htm

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 

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