Psalm 23 - The Divine Shepherd

A Psalm of David.


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;[a] he restores my soul.[b] He leads me in right paths[c] for his name’s sake.


Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[d] I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.


You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely[e] goodness and mercy[f] shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.[g]


Footnotes

a. Psalm 23:2 Heb waters of rest

b. Psalm 23:3 Or life

c. Psalm 23:3 Or paths of righteousness

d. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of the shadow of death

e. Psalm 23:6 Or Only

f. Psalm 23:6 Or kindness

g. Psalm 23:6 Heb for length of days


New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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