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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...


Jania's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/25/2014, 10:29am...

it is a really good verse to read for me


Joshua Webb's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/24/2014, 11:50am...

Psalms 23 is my favorite chapter in Psalms, maybe even the whole Bible. It may be a some chapter, nut it is a great Psalm.


Sgd's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/23/2014, 4:45pm...

I recite this daily. My dad did the same thing and it helped him so I hope God hears this and will help me too very soon.


Reba Calvert's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/23/2014, 4:35pm...

I truly believe that God is goodness and mercy otherwise we would have ceased to exist a long time ago it is so awesome how forgiving and merciful he is. You will only understand this if you have been washed in the blood and are a child of the king,I love you precious Jesus for all you have done for me


Amanze uchechukwu nwabugwu's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/23/2014, 3:49pm...

I like this verse cause it keep me going and hopefully to our father in haven and to jesus christ my personal lord and my saviour the hope of my glory


Cheryl Mattson's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/23/2014, 12:02pm...

"Blessed art thou, 'O Lord our God "


Patronela's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/22/2014, 4:47am...

firstly i would like to thnk you for your testimonies because they have just lifted up my soul and gave me back hope faith in God through Christ Jesus our Lord and savior, i am going through a rough time right now but i know tht he is my shepert i shall not want. psalm 23 lifts my spirit gives me hope to carry on holding the cross and Jesus.


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