Psalm 23



The Good Shepherd

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

1 {A Psalm of David.} The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

1 The LORD is the one who is shepherding me; I lack nothing.

1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

2 He causes me to lie down in pastures of green grass; he guides me beside quiet waters.

2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

3 He revives my life; he leads me in pathways that are righteous for the sake of his name.

3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him -- "not for my earning it, but] for His name's sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

4 Even when I walk through a valley of deep darkness, I will not be afraid because you are with me. Your rod and your staff they comfort me.

4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

5 You prepare a table before me, even in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

6 Truly, goodness and gracious love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the LORD's Temple forever. A Davidic Psalm.

6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.



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