Add parallel Print Page Options

The Good Shepherd

David’s poetic praise to God

23 Yahweh is my best friend and my shepherd.[a]
    I always have more than enough.[b]
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.[c]
    His tracks take me to an oasis of peace near the quiet brook of bliss.[d]

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 23:1 The word most commonly used for “shepherd” is taken from the root word ra‘ah, which is also the Hebrew word for “best friend.” This translation includes both meanings. The unique term for shepherd is ro’eh tzon—“lover of the flock.” This teaches us that a shepherd was not just a responsible overseer, but a caring father figure, tending to his flock out of a deep sense of love. Shepherds were also fierce protectors of their flocks. Jesus is the Fierce Protector of his people.
  2. 23:1 Or “I lack nothing.” What a wonderful declaration over your life! To never be in lack, always possessing more than enough. Our God meets our emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
  3. 23:2 Or “in spring [green] meadows.” A good shepherd knows where to pasture his flock. These green meadows would be a resting place, free from all fear. The Greek verb “to love” is agapao, which is a merging of two words and two concepts. Ago means “to lead like a shepherd,” and pao is a verb that means “to rest.” Love is our Shepherd leading us to the place of true rest in his heart.
  4. 23:2 The Hebrew word menuhâ means “the waters of a resting place.” See Isa. 11:10.

Even when your path takes me through
    the valley of deepest darkness,
    fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
    Your authority is my strength and my peace.[a]
    The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
    I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 23:4 Or “Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

So why would I fear the future?
    Only goodness and tender love pursue me all the days of my life.
    Then afterward, when my life is through,
    I’ll return to your glorious presence[a] to be forever with you!

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 23:6 Or “return to Yahweh’s palace.”

Bible Gateway Recommends