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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.


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Lorena's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 9/10/2014, 4:50pm...

if you are a christian, and you no longer have a fear of death of this physical or spiritual body then congratulations you have truly accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then like the scripture say "you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free. It 's fear that keeps us in bondage.


Judy's Psalms Chapter 23 comment about verse 4 on 9/07/2014, 10:31pm...

Whenever I 'm afraid I repeat the Lord has not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.I now have a better understanding of Psalms23 Jesus is so comforting and when you call his name you get stronger and stronger each time it release fear will never stop loving him in Jesus name amen.


Erick Okello's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 9/01/2014, 4:01am...

These words are very powerful and identifying with them, is a sure testament of the Love, the Glory and the Supremacy of the Almighty God.


Kola suleiman's Psalms Chapter 23 comment about verse 4 on 8/31/2014, 5:59pm...

David went through alot in life and all that saved him was the spirit of God. And that is why anytime i read that chapter of the psalms i feel relived in my innermost man. God keeps speaking through His word daily and we must be at alart to hear Him. So,we should always allow that chapter of the psalmits to do the work and we should go sleep assured . To God be thou glory forever more.


Duane's Psalms Chapter 23 comment about verse 4 on 8/29/2014, 10:09pm...

I have felt my whole life that we are spirit beings having a temporary and fleeting physical experience This Psalm has always allowed me to feel safe and protected even in life 's dangerous circumstances.


Starann Queen's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 8/28/2014, 10:21pm...

I love reading the book of Psalm 23. It lets me know God will make your enemies your footstool.


Deneen Pritchett's Psalms Chapter 23 comment about verse 2 on 8/28/2014, 4:43pm...

The words in the 23 psalm are word perfectly and powerful it rejoice in my spirit and soul all the books in the bible are mighty powerful words of things yet to come amen


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