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Yahweh the Shepherd

A psalm of David.[a]

23 Yahweh is my shepherd;
I will not lack for anything.
In grassy pastures he makes me lie down;
by quiet waters he leads me.
He restores my life.[b]
He leads me in correct paths[c]
for the sake of his name.
Even when I walk in a dark valley, I fear no evil
because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare before me a table
in the presence of my oppressors.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup is overflowing.
Surely goodness and loyal love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will stay[d] in the house[e] of Yahweh
for a very long time.[f]


  1. Psalm 23:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
  2. Psalm 23:3 Or “my soul”
  3. Psalm 23:3 Literally “paths of righteousness”
  4. Psalm 23:6 Hebrew “return”
  5. Psalm 23:6 Or “temple”
  6. Psalm 23:6 Literally “for length of days”