Psalms 23:4

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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

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Other Translations of Psalms 23:4

Yea though I walke through the valley of the shadowe of death, I will feare no euill: for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staffe, they comfort me.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Yea, thou 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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Yes, though I go through the valley of deep shade, I will have no fear of evil; for you are with me, your rod and your support are my comfort.
- Basic English Bible

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.
- Darby Bible

Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shades of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
- Webster's Bible

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
- World English Bible

Also -- when I walk in a valley of death-shade, I fear no evil, for Thou [art] with me, Thy rod and Thy staff -- they comfort me.
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible


Wesley's Notes for Psalms 23:4

23:4 Thy rod and thy staff - Two words denoting the same thing, and both designing God's pastoral care over him.


Comments for Psalms 23:4

Olivia Madu's comment on 2014-05-06 04:47:11:

This verse ps 23 4 . Teachs me alot. It tells me that nothing can ever harm me because my lord my good Sherpherd has a rod and a staff to protect me so even when trials come because walking through the valley tells us trials and hard times will come but God will always be there to see us through all we need to do is trust and obey Him


Panda Mpho Maselo Mafa's comment on 2014-04-29 23:45:02:

I will fear no evil..touches my soul there.


Bads's comment on 2014-04-22 13:48:48:

To me it is the creators way of saying our lives are full trials and we will be tested by demons but as long as we walk with the creator the rod and staff will protect and guide us so we have nothing to fear and we can take comfort in the creators Devine guidance.


Lastguardianangel's comment on 2014-04-09 12:29:49:

I find many of the comments very interesting. In the end it will all be revealed...


Rod's comment on 2014-04-02 23:42:23:

If u caught that movie about the seals the one that survived repeated the 23 pslam over and over all. The way thur his horendous experience. I guess it work for him!!!!!!!


Christy's comment on 2014-03-27 23:50:03:

I would never and will never feel safe with a "father " who never taught me to be safe within his strenght and wisdom to protect me. So I say my Heavenly Father taught me to find comfort within His wisdom to protect me. Easy as logic I say!


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 it’s over, there’s 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 husband’s 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 Lord’s 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 “God will be with you always”. 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.


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