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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.
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.
Tosin's comment on 2011-07-26 08:34:08:
The words of God are powerful. Still on verse 4 of Psalm 23, ..."for thou art with me"...It takes a good and a grateful Christain who may be also referred to as a sheep as in this chapter to remember that from verse 1 of this chapter, the Lord has been his shepered. The Lord has been with him since the beginning of his life. Now, this is how it all began. The Lord is your leader, he took you to a better place, he led you to still water which is a peaceful place, he thought you his path of righteousness which is his ways. So, a greateful and an unforgetful christain is expected to know that eventhough when "he passes through the valley" of death, he should NEVER be afraid of such treath because the Lord is with him. How, the Lord wants to see whether you as a christain will be able to implement all his path of righteousness he has thought you or not. Once you do not allow fear in you and you embrace correction which is rod and you hold on to God's staff which is your faith, you have shown the Lord your shepered that you are growing as a result of how he has brought you up as a sheep.God expects every christain to overcome challenges. Things will always come to challenge what you have learnt from God and once you overcome it, you are due for promition. He will set a table before you in the presence of your enemeies. Remember that in the beginning He did not nuture you in the presence of your enemies. He prepared you to be able to withstand it. Once you cross this hurdle as in verse 4, you are due for promotion in the presence of your adversaries and they have no reason to fight you because you have overcome their temptations.
You may want to ask me why God was not there to help Adam and Eve to overcome Satanic temptation? "God will never do for any man what any man has to do for himself". He will always show to any man His goodness, kindness, his righteousness...but YOU need to prove to God that you are growing up as a result of God's sheperedhood over your life. Adam and Eve could not show God this and they remained babylike until they died. No table was prepared for them in the presence of Satan because they were not able to be demonstrate God's tutorings. I pray that the Lord gives you and I the ability through His Holy Spirit to overcome every challenge of life in order to make God promote us by preparing a table for us in the presence of all our emenies.
Amen in Jesus name.
Tosin's comment on 2011-05-27 11:21:12:
This verse is very powerful. From my understanding, valley is a place below the normal ground level. This means individual people may be going through different situation that they are the only one that can feel the effect of it. No human being can actually feel other human being's pains or situation. It is a shadow of death because this situation appears to be deadly and threathening. This scripture encourage us not to be afraid of this situation because fear cannot bring us out of this situation. We need to be courageous because God's words are rod to correct our mistakes. Rod is not a pleasant thing to be beaten with yet, it is better to be corrected with rod in order not to make such mistake again. Rod is not meant to kill, but to correct mistake. The rod is the words of God. His words can also be held unto because it is a staff what can keep us going in the race of faith. Without staff, we may be misled and fall on the road. The rod and staff are meant to comfort us and they surely do. The commandments of God are not hard. They are simply "painful, but full of gains". To God be all the glory for His words.
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