Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd,(A) I lack nothing.(B)
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,(C)
    he refreshes my soul.(D)
He guides me(E) along the right paths(F)
    for his name’s sake.(G)
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a](H)
I will fear no evil,(I)
    for you are with me;(J)
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table(K) before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;(L)
    my cup(M) overflows.
Surely your goodness and love(N) will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Footnotes

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

15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill(A) Moses, but Moses fled(B) from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian,(C) where he sat down by a well. 16 Now a priest of Midian(D) had seven daughters, and they came to draw water(E) and fill the troughs(F) to water their father’s flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue(G) and watered their flock.(H)

18 When the girls returned to Reuel(I) their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”

19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”

20 “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”(J)

21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah(K) to Moses in marriage. 22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom,[a](L) saying, “I have become a foreigner(M) in a foreign land.”

23 During that long period,(N) the king of Egypt died.(O) The Israelites groaned in their slavery(P) and cried out, and their cry(Q) for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered(R) his covenant(S) with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned(T) about them.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 2:22 Gershom sounds like the Hebrew for a foreigner there.

But you are a chosen people,(A) a royal priesthood,(B) a holy nation,(C) God’s special possession,(D) that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.(E) 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;(F) once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society

11 Dear friends,(G) I urge you, as foreigners and exiles,(H) to abstain from sinful desires,(I) which wage war against your soul.(J) 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds(K) and glorify God(L) on the day he visits us.

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