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Chapter 23


1 A psalm of David. 2 The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.


In green pastures you let me graze; to safe waters you lead me;


3 you restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of your name.


4 Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side; your rod and staff give me courage.


5 You set a table before me as my enemies watch; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.


6 Only goodness and love will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come.


1 [Psalm 23] God's loving care for the psalmist is portrayed under the figures of a shepherd for the flock ( Psalm 23:1-4) and a host's generosity toward a guest ( Psalm 23:5-6). The imagery of both sections is drawn from traditions of the exodus ( Isaiah 40:11; 49:10; Jeremiah 31:10).

2 [1] My shepherd: God as good shepherd is common in both the Old Testament and the New Testament ( Ezekiel 34:11-16; John 10:11-18).

3 [3] The right path: connotes "right way" and "way of righteousness."

4 [4] A dark valley: a different division of the Hebrew consonants yields the translation "the valley of the shadow of death."

5 [5] You set a table before me: this expression occurs in an exodus context in Psalm 78:19. As my enemies watch: my enemies see that I am God's friend and guest. Oil: a perfumed ointment made from olive oil, used especially at banquets ( Psalm 104:15; Matthew 26:7; Luke 7:37, 46; John 12:2).

6 [6] Goodness and love: the blessings of God's covenant with Israel.

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