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1 (A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 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.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely 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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Matthew Henry's Psalms Chapter 23 Bible commentary...

Confidence in God's grace and care.

- "The Lord is my shepherd." In these words, the believer is taught to express his satisfaction in the care of the great Pastor of the universe, the Redeemer and Preserver of men. With joy he reflects that he has a shepherd, and that shepherd is Jehovah. A flock of sheep, gentle and harmless, feeding in verdant pastures, under the care of a skilful, watchful, and tender shepherd, forms an emblem of believers brought back to the Shepherd of their souls. The greatest abundance is but a dry pasture to a wicked man, who relishes in it only what pleases the senses; but to a godly man, who by faith tastes the goodness of God in all his enjoyments, though he has but little of the world, it is a green pasture. The Lord gives quiet and contentment in the mind, whatever the lot is. Are we blessed with the green pastures of the ordinances, let us not think it enough to pass through them, but let us abide in them. The consolations of the Holy Spirit are the still waters by which the saints are led; the streams which flow from the Fountain of living waters. Those only are led by the still waters of comfort, who walk in the paths of righteousness. The way of duty is the truly pleasant way. The work of righteousness in peace. In these paths we cannot walk, unless. God lead us into them, and lead us on in them. Discontent and distrust proceed from unbelief; an unsteady walk is the consequence: let us then simply trust our Shepherd's care, and hearken to his voice. The valley of the shadow of death may denote the most severe and terrible affliction, or dark dispensation of providence, that the psalmist ever could come under. Between the part of the flock on earth and that which is gone to heaven, death lies like a dark valley that must be passed in going from one to the other. But even in this there are words which lessen the terror. It is but the shadow of death: the shadow of a serpent will not sting, nor the shadow of a sword kill. It is a valley, deep indeed, and dark, and miry; but valleys are often fruitful, and so is death itself fruitful of comforts to God's people. It is a walk through it: they shall not be lost in this valley, but get safe to the mountain on the other side. Death is a king of terrors, but not to the sheep of Christ. When they come to die, God will rebuke the enemy; he will guide them with his rod, and sustain them with his staff. There is enough in the gospel to comfort the saints when dying, and underneath them are the everlasting arms. The Lord's people feast at his table, upon the provisions of his love. Satan and wicked men are not able to destroy their comforts, while they are anointed with the Holy Spirit, and drink of the cup of salvation which is ever full. Past experience teaches believers to trust that the goodness and mercy of God will follow them all the days of their lives, and it is their desire and determination, to seek their happiness in the service of God here, and they hope to enjoy his love for ever in heaven. While here, the Lord can make any situation pleasant, by the anointing of his Spirit and the joys of his salvation. But those that would be satisfied with the blessings of his house, must keep close to the duties of it.


Recent Comments for Psalms Chapter 23...


AdamWilliams's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 8/25/2014, 10:26am...

This 23th Psalm is a part of my every day life because THOU ART WITH ME.and the LORD so good to me ijust can 't tell all. i hope and pray that we all have a bless day.


Sonja Dixon's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 8/25/2014, 4:25am...

Everything of the 23rd psalms is on point and it makes me feel my GOD is with me every step of the way.


Winston's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 8/24/2014, 1:01pm...

It 's my daily guide.


Felis's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 8/23/2014, 1:55am...

What I think of psalm talking about Jesus the believers the gain of being a Christian the protections you will get and many more things


Fannie's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 8/21/2014, 10:56pm...

I have always loved studying the book of Psalms from a young child. I could understand many things about God speaking.


Joseph's Psalms Chapter 23 comment about verse 5 on 8/21/2014, 3:42pm...

Every living being has enemies. God knows this that 's why he made these promise, trust and obey he will surely do what he says. After all he 's not a man that he should lie.


Zandra's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 8/20/2014, 6:33pm...

The 23 Psalm, is the food to my sole, The medication that stimulates my brain The 23 Psalm is my lifeline, it covers you from the top of your head to the sole of your feet, you can not go wrong when you meditate from the 23 Psalm Amen.


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