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

17 Terror(A) and pit and snare(B) await you,
    people of the earth.(C)
18 Whoever flees(D) at the sound of terror
    will fall into a pit;(E)
whoever climbs out of the pit
    will be caught in a snare.(F)

The floodgates of the heavens(G) are opened,
    the foundations of the earth shake.(H)
19 The earth is broken up,(I)
    the earth is split asunder,(J)
    the earth is violently shaken.
20 The earth reels like a drunkard,(K)
    it sways like a hut(L) in the wind;
so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion(M)
    that it falls(N)—never to rise again.(O)

21 In that day(P) the Lord will punish(Q)
    the powers(R) in the heavens above
    and the kings(S) on the earth below.
22 They will be herded together
    like prisoners(T) bound in a dungeon;(U)
they will be shut up in prison
    and be punished[a] after many days.(V)
23 The moon will be dismayed,
    the sun(W) ashamed;
for the Lord Almighty will reign(X)
    on Mount Zion(Y) and in Jerusalem,
    and before its elders—with great glory.(Z)

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  1. Isaiah 24:22 Or released

Jesus Questioned About Fasting(A)

18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting.(B) Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”

19 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them,(C) and on that day they will fast.

21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”

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