In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns.(A) And the Lord your God said to you, ‘You will shepherd(B) my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.(C)’”

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Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd,(A) I lack nothing.(B)

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52 But he brought his people out like a flock;(A)
    he led them like sheep through the wilderness.

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71 from tending the sheep(A) he brought him
    to be the shepherd(B) of his people Jacob,
    of Israel his inheritance.

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Psalm 80[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.” Of Asaph. A psalm.

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph like a flock.(A)
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,(B)
    shine forth

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 80:1 In Hebrew texts 80:1-19 is numbered 80:2-20.

11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:(A)
    He gathers the lambs in his arms(B)
and carries them close to his heart;(C)
    he gently leads(D) those that have young.(E)

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10 “Hear the word of the Lord, you nations;
    proclaim it in distant coastlands:(A)
‘He who scattered(B) Israel will gather(C) them
    and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’(D)

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12 As a shepherd(A) looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.(B) 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather(C) them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land.(D) I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.(E) 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel(F) will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture(G) on the mountains of Israel.(H) 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down,(I) declares the Sovereign Lord.(J) 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up(K) the injured and strengthen the weak,(L) but the sleek and the strong I will destroy.(M) I will shepherd the flock with justice.(N)

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23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend(A) them; he will tend them and be their shepherd.(B)

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31 You are my sheep,(A) the sheep of my pasture,(B) and I am your God, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

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Prayer and Praise

14 Shepherd(A) your people with your staff,(B)
    the flock of your inheritance,
which lives by itself in a forest,
    in fertile pasturelands.[a](C)
Let them feed in Bashan(D) and Gilead(E)
    as in days long ago.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 7:14 Or in the middle of Carmel

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