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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
23:4 Thy rod and thy staff - Two words denoting the same thing, and both designing God's pastoral care over him.
Debbie's comment on 2014-03-03 06:22:47:
Many days I have seen darkness because I am a sinner Jesus died for my sins so that I may have everlasting Life My sins have been forgiving and as i seek God and get closer to him I fear no man because God loves me and protects me and his angels take good care of me I believe
B Mounce's comment on 2014-02-24 10:21:38:
This is the revolution my father got from Psalms 23 4 What did Moses part the Red Sea with His Rod and his Staff I firmly believe Psalms 23 4 is walking across the red sea Moses parted the Red Sea with his Rod and Staff As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death Valley is the parted Red sea and the shadow is from the walls of the Red sea over the people that crossed the red sea I shall fear no evil death from the sea for thine Rod and thy Staff is with me Moses staff and Rod that has the red sea open for them
Snovia Mankga's comment on 2014-01-25 23:47:59:
most of de tym we may find we have forgotten our angels whos guiding us through day and night it means even if ur in trouble God grace en mercy is with us
MockingBird's comment on 2014-01-25 09:43:30:
All that death can do is cast a shadow !!! Light overcomes the darkness ; darkness cannot comprehend light ,therefore light is greater:(Jesus His word is the light of the world.) Fear is a spirit , fear is of the devil; because I am born of God I have not been given the spirit of fear. The rod is the word of God : the staff is the spoken word of God . Faith not fear. What God His word has spoken to me; that is what I will stand on. Praise the Lord.
LANCE's comment on 2013-11-21 23:43:06:
I read most of the comments and views hoping to find one, at lese one with the same revelations i have gotten about this psalms. I am talking about (I shall fear no evil)before i got my revelation I use to think it ment (will not be afraid) but then it was reveled to me (nothing bad will happen to me)because when we all walk in the shadows of death we are all fearful at times until we pull ourself together and trust in the lord.but the fear was unwarranted becauce just like when some one is going on a trip we bade them farewell,we even keep farewell parties for them, this is the type of fear i am thinking about , so even if you have some fear you will not be contradicting the psalms becouse what it is really saying is you will (farewell) (in the shadows of death)I hope you can see this.
Martin From Derby's comment on 2013-11-17 18:14:40:
I believe the word 'shadow' was very deliberately included in this psalm. What is a shadow but a shape, an outline projected by the light. A shadow has appearance only but no substance. By using the phrase 'the shadow of death' the psalmist is telling us that death is not really what it appears to be. Often misquoted as 'valley of death' unfortunately.
Colby Spence's comment on 2013-10-19 21:48:56:
This verse has followed me through my birth up until the present day. Just to give some insight, I am a Japanese male that was adopted by African American parents (1953). This was during the time of the Civil Rights Era. It was trying time of extreme mistreatment by those that were misguided. The roads that I have followed have been crooked and bumpy. God has watch over me and protected me, even from myself. It is true that, Yea, 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. ( King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition )
Paul Wilson's comment on 2013-07-27 16:38:11:
I have read Psalm 23 many times and am still amazed at David's insight into the way he regards God in his cir***stances. Verse 4 is my favourite because whenever I am in distress as a Christian I know that god is in control of my life and will be with me when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death - not through death itself right now but the shadow of death. What a comfort I know that God is there for me - and to p*** this on to others who need to know my Saviour is such a privilege.
Jon's comment on 2013-06-18 15:58:43:
I read this verse many time when I was deployed in Iraq. I knew that God was watching over me and no matter everything was going to be ok. As a Marine there's something about this verse that comforts, strengthens, and motivates me.
Rich's comment on 2013-06-04 11:29:00:
I particularly love this verse as it applies to all of gods children. It is meant to comfort us in times of distress and teaches us not to fear evil but to embrace his emminence and welcome eternal life.
Emerson.K.Mathews's comment on 2013-03-17 23:43:09:
The 'rod' maintains the rate or speed and it supervises the rules and regulations to the eternal life. The 'staff' removes the things which obstruct us from the eternal life. So we will not fear of the 'valley of the death'. But we are rejoicing with these, because the distance of the eternal life is closer than it appears.
Janice's comment on 2013-01-05 13:53:06:
Very wonderfully said.
Ruby's comment on 2012-12-24 17:36:59:
I believe there is a death of the generational curses that are dying. A very deep place and shadow of something that follows one that the Lord is bringing out of death for blood line curses, and God comforting us, keeping us safe because we are the forerunners of generation line. Some of us might go through more warfare then others in family. After itís over, thereís anointing upon head and table in the midst of all enemies.
Charilaos's comment on 2012-10-12 18:26:23:
I woke this morning with old nightmares.
Remembering the words of Palm 23.
As a nine year old walking home with my parents and my brothers and sisters from a Sunday afternoon walk in the park, on reaching the corner of our block in a fifteen foot wide street, and, a family friends Cafe and boarding house, we were suddenly surrounded by 6 to 8 cars and tall strong looking men pouring out of the cars yelling all sorts of obscenities, and, rushing towards the door of the cafe.
The yelling was mainly about the fact that we had to die to cleanse their land.
Very skinny slight young men, some only really teenagers rushing out the Cafe to confront the invaders.
Punches and kicks were thrown and even the Cafe owners five foot tall wife stood back to back with her husband with a stake she pulled out of the ground with one hand that was supporting a tree, and hitting anyone who came towards her husbandís back. With blood colouring the road, my Father pushed us through to our little three room rented house 100 yards down the street.
My Father pulled out a large iron key out of his pocket, opened the front door and pushed us roughly inside and locked the door again. He rushed to the rear yard and came back with our axe. He opened the door and told my mother to lock the door behind him. He stood in front of the narrow window with both hands on the axe resting on his shoulder, under the four foot wide Verandah with its little picket fence that separated us from the road. My Mother told us to go and sit on the floor of the middle room, and, handed me the Bible. As the oldest son, it was my duty to pray and read the Bible for the Family and the World every afternoon before dusk.
My older sister and younger siblings followed my words as I read the Lordís Prayer three times as loud as I could, as if I needed to catch Gods attention to save us from slaughter.
Everything had to be read three times.
Before we left our homeland, to become a fourth generation to wonder in strange lands amongst strange people; my Grandmother Eleni sat me down and explained to me that I will see good times and bad, but ďGod will be with you alwaysĒ. She opened the Bible to Psalm 23, and, read it to me, and explained its meaning.
I read Psalm 23 to my siblings in the ancient Greek language with them repeating the words they did not understand three times. Even for the babies it was enough that they were words from the Bible.
After many hours sitting in the dark, the Barbarians did not come, and Father came inside with our axe.
My Mother used our only knife we had, that she was holding in her hand protecting the rear door, to start cooking dinner.
As a way of thanking God for delivering us from danger, I went back into the middle room, turned on the light and read Psalm 23 three times, quietly with tears running down my cheeks.
The Barbarians executed my younger friend Costa to punish his Family for existing on Gods earth.
Austin Jordan's comment on 2012-09-26 00:28:08:
Iím Latter-day Saints (Mormon) and I absolutely love this verse. And yes Mormons do believe in the Bible, and in Christ, and we do not have horns.. Anyways, I read this before I go to school every morning because it lets me know that as long as Iím living the right way, God is with me and there to help me as much as I can.
JR's comment on 2012-05-09 19:30:32:
I always remember these words
They give me strenght in many areas of my life
Makes me try harder through our (human) weaknesses in times of stress, hardship within & without & danger in the end.
Patti's comment on 2012-05-08 23:55:24:
I love this verse because it allows us to understand that God is with us in every situation ..His word is true..so no matter what you are going through,weather it be good, bad or whatever ...keep your head held high...And know he is with you...
Maika's comment on 2011-11-14 18:00:10:
What a great time for this verse to reassure myself, im about to start major exam in 1 hour, feeling the pressure already, after reading this verse i thank God for His Divine Intervention.
Im from Fiji by the way.
Pam McGoughy's comment on 2011-11-01 18:20:47:
I have been meditating on Psalms 23, verse by verse.
This is a blessed and powerful way to understand how muchwe as humans are compassioniately cared for by our heavenly father through his only begotten son Jesus Christ.
This is also God giving his divine protection to mankind.
Tosin's comment on 2011-07-30 15:23:23:
This is for everyone including me. The words of God are new everytime. Still dwelling in this powerful 4th verse of chapter 23 in the book of psalms, "eventhough I pass through the valley of death, I shall fear no evil for thou art with me"...it is good to know how we deal with issues.
God has always been with us and even if it seems we do not see Him in the time of our problems, we should not put blame on God for whatever happens. My question is how do we approach our problems? Do we look for someone to blame or we blame God?
You see, there are things that God does not expect from us to do whenever we find ourselves in problems. Please remember that valley is below normal ground level. So, it can be depitced as a problem. We all want to get out of it as quick as we can. God did not put us there,but somehow, we find ourselves in it. I am not ready to dig deep into how we find ourselves in problems, but it is always good to correct some things regarding how we approach problems whenever we find ourselves in it. Now, back to what I was saying, God does not want us to mummur to Him whenever we find ourselves in problem. God does not want us to blame Him. He does not want us to blame others. He does not want us to querry Him. He trully dislike confronting Him while in problem.
So, what does God want us to do? Crying?, rolling on the ground or what? God is a good listening father. A good shepered. He listens to our questioning, I would say complaints and clearifications. God wants us to develop effctive communication with Him so that as we speak to God in prayer and in songs, He can speak to us back. Hey, does God speaks? Oh yeah! He does. He speaks to us while we pray, study His words, sing to Him, listen to words of God in the Church, Christian fellowship, gospel messages among many others. He can send people to you to confirm what He has already told you, He can choose to speak to you in the dream by the means of what is relevant to your understanding. For an example, God can speak to a farmer through plants and seeds. He can speak to Doctor through medication e.t.c. God can choose to speak in any way He likes. So, there is not limitation to His ways. Please, let us learn to k"now His ways, not just His acts".So, when God is speaking to us, let us believe He is speaking to us.
All these come from communicating God first. God will always come to help, but our way to approach this problem make us prove to God whether we are due for promition or not.
Whenever we pass through the valley of shadow of death. We should remember that we are just passing through it. We are not staying there. So, we should invlove God who has been our shepered from the prior verses up to verse 4.
"He will come and save". So, we should not make God angry at us or prolong our breakthrough by blaming God or blaming others. We should accept our responsibility to get out of this valey through the help of Holy Spirit. Our time in the valley is very short. So, let us involve God in everything. God is our friend.
It is okay for us to scream, shout,or cry, but not to sin against God. As a parent, if your child shout on you for snacks money, you would not like it. So, let us respect God in our problems. Let us bring everything to Him in prayers and in thanskgiving.
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