Psalm 23:1-6 says:
1The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need.* 2He lets me lie down in green pastures. He leads me by calm pools of water. 3He gives new strength to my soul for the good of his name. He leads me on paths of goodness,* to show he is truly good. 4Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave,* I will not be afraid of any danger. Why? Because you are with me, Lord. Your rod and staff* comfort me.5Lord, you prepared my table in front of my enemies. You poured oil on my head.* My cup is full and spilling over. 6Goodness and mercy will be with me the rest of my life. And I will sit in the Lord’s temple for a long, long time.* (Easy-to-Read Version)
A song of David Or, “A song dedicated to David.” I … everything I need Literally, “I will lack nothing.” paths of goodness This means both “good paths” and “paths where there is goodness.” valley … grave Or “death’s dark valley,” or “a very dark valley.” rod and staff The walking sticks a shepherd uses to guide and protect his sheep.poured oil on my head This can mean that God welcomed this person into his house (temple) as a guest or that God gave much wealth to this person, or that God chose him to be someone special, like a king, a priest, or a prophet. sit … long time Or, “I will go again and again to the Lord’s temple for a long, long time.”
King James Version: 1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
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