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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.

Commentary for Psalms 23

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 23

  • Elizabeth
    I memorized the 23rd Psalms when I was 3 years old. It’s comforting to know Jesus is my Shepherd while I’m going through the Valley of the shadow of death. He restoreth my soul.
    Happy Easter!
  • David cardenas
    My pick me up verse just reading it makes me feel better amen
  • Olga petrov.
    i love this Psalm cuz its soothing to me I read this at my grandmothers funeral n now gonna do the same for my mother who just passed on yesterday morning!!.. after such a long illness n several days mostly asleep from the meds her drs. had ordered for her but a werk ago i went to see her in the hospice n we had a very nice visit but I kept going there for snother week until the day of her death!!
  • Beatrice Rhoden
    It is an all embracing scripture that reminds us of the love, power might and righteousness of the Lord. It speaks to the humility of the King and likens his love to that of shepherd. The shepherd has never deserted his flock and in same manner Christ the Lord remains our protector, provider and friend. It is a wonderful experience with Christ and through His Word we are encouraged.
  • Chris oloughlin
    I am spiritually, even physically, connected to the people of the deep past when I recite this Psalm. It is soothing and nourishing. Through the words and their meaning, I feel directly connected to God. I love the connection to countless souls of the Jewish faith as well as my own sense of it as a Christian, that I so deeply feel when I recite it. May the Peace of God be with all.
  • Susan
    KJV is how I pray this Psalm
    I received much comfort in fear, grief, and loneliness. A blessing from God's Word.
  • Terri
    I love it it is what we should know about God he is their for all of us and he will protect us all we have to do is believe and trust him he is God all by himself he is our shepherd and he will protect us and we shell not want for anything in Jesus name Amen
  • Ivy Johnson
    Memorized: studied: Loved: comforted: Psalm 23 from a child: A small giant: PSALM 23: Shepherd: no lack: pleasant: quiet: soul is in His Care: right in Him: in death: no fear of evil: comforted: Holy Scriptures: table spread: before enemies: head is anointed: cup overflows: goodness and mercy: follows me: all the days of my life: dwell in the the House of The Lord:
    FOREVER: Covers the Basics:
  • Jdog03
    God has been good and I am glad that when you are saved he walks you and guides you through it all. And this verse shows it. Also he restores you soul for his name sake and he cleanses us of the enemy.
  • Lindiwe
    I really love this verse.It refers to what the Lord is doing presently and also what He promises to do in the future. Nowhere in that verse does the Bible say 'The Lord was my Shepherd ...or he made me to lie down...or he led me...or he restored or comforted'. It never touches on the past because the Lord is here now. He is the Alpha and Omega and is forever present in our lives. Just believe.Amen

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David says the Lord anoints his what with oil?
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