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


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

Jacob’s Flocks Increase

25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my way(A) so I can go back to my own homeland.(B) 26 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you,(C) and I will be on my way. You know how much work I’ve done for you.”

27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes,(D) please stay. I have learned by divination(E) that the Lord has blessed me because of you.”(F) 28 He added, “Name your wages,(G) and I will pay them.”

29 Jacob said to him, “You know how I have worked for you(H) and how your livestock has fared under my care.(I) 30 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I have been.(J) But now, when may I do something for my own household?(K)

31 “What shall I give you?” he asked.

“Don’t give me anything,” Jacob replied. “But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them: 32 Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat.(L) They will be my wages.(M) 33 And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored,(N) will be considered stolen.(O)

34 “Agreed,” said Laban. “Let it be as you have said.” 35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs,(P) and he placed them in the care of his sons.(Q) 36 Then he put a three-day journey(R) between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban’s flocks.

37 Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond(S) and plane trees(T) and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches.(U) 38 Then he placed the peeled branches(V) in all the watering troughs,(W) so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat(X) and came to drink, 39 they mated in front of the branches.(Y) And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.(Z) 40 Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals(AA) that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban’s animals. 41 Whenever the stronger females were in heat,(AB) Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches,(AC) 42 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob.(AD) 43 In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.(AE)

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17 “Now, fellow Israelites,(A) I know that you acted in ignorance,(B) as did your leaders.(C) 18 But this is how God fulfilled(D) what he had foretold(E) through all the prophets,(F) saying that his Messiah would suffer.(G) 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,(H) that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah,(I) who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him(J) until the time comes for God to restore everything,(K) as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.(L) 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you.(M) 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’[a](N)

24 “Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets(O) who have spoken have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs(P) of the prophets and of the covenant(Q) God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’[b](R) 26 When God raised up(S) his servant, he sent him first(T) to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”

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  1. Acts 3:23 Deut. 18:15,18,19
  2. Acts 3:25 Gen. 22:18; 26:4

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