God told Adam to “dress and keep” the garden. The hebrew word for “keep” is shamar. It means to guard, defend, watch, preserve, protect. A Gardener must “keep” a garden and this means he must be watchful against weeds and pests that would harm the garden; but also it infers a careful tending to the actual plants of the garden. The word is also used in reference to “keeping” a flock, which again would mean watching against a wolf, and taking good care of the sheep.
The word shamar is used 450+ times in the Old Testament and is translated as keep (283x), observe (46x), heed (35x), keeper (28x), preserve (21x), beware (9x), mark (8x), watchman (8x), wait (7x), watch (7x), regard (5x), or save (2x). This word is used over and over again throughout the Old Testament; and in Psalm 119 alone it is used 21 times! [Read more…] about Guarding & Gardening