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A song of David.

23 The Lord is my shepherd.
    I will always have everything I need.[a]
He gives me green pastures to lie in.
    He leads me by calm pools of water.
He restores my strength.
    He leads me on right paths[b] to show that he is good.
Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave,[c]
    I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me.
    Your rod and staff[d] comfort me.
You prepared a meal for me in front of my enemies.
    You welcomed me as an honored guest.[e]
    My cup is full and spilling over.
Your goodness and mercy will be with me all my life,
    and I will live in the Lord’s house[f] a long, long time.[g]

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 23:1 I will … need Literally, “I will lack nothing.”
  2. Psalm 23:3 right paths Or “paths of goodness.”
  3. Psalm 23:4 valley … grave Or “death’s dark valley” or “a very dark valley.”
  4. Psalm 23:4 rod and staff The club and walking stick a shepherd uses to protect and guide his sheep.
  5. Psalm 23:5 You welcomed … guest Literally, “You anointed my head with oil.”
  6. Psalm 23:6 house Or “Temple.” See “Temple” in the Word List.
  7. Psalm 23:6 I … long time Or “I will return again and again to the Lord’s Temple for as long as I live.”

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