Psalm 23
Holman Christian Standard Bible

The Good Shepherd

A Davidic psalm.

1The LORD is my shepherd;a

there is nothing I lack.b

2He lets me lie down in green pastures;c

He leads me beside quiet waters.d

3He renews my life;

He leads me along the right pathse

for His name’s sake.f

4Even when I go through the darkest valley,g

I fear no danger,

for You are with me;h

Your rod and Your staffi — they comfort me.j

5You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;k

my cup overflows.l

6Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me

all the days of my life,m

and I will dwell inn the house of the LORD

as long as I live.o, p


Footnotes:
a. 23:1 Ps 78:52; Jr 31:10; Ezk 34:11-13; Jn 10:11
b. 23:1 Ps 34:9-10; Php 4:19
c. 23:2 Ps 65:11-13; Ezk 34:14
d. 23:2 Ps 36:8
e. 23:3 Or me in paths of righteousness
f. 23:3 Ps 5:8; Pr 4:11
g. 23:4 Or the valley of the shadow of death
h. 23:4 Is 43:2
i. 23:4 A shepherd’s equipment
j. 23:4 Mc 7:14
k. 23:5 Ps 92:10
l. 23:5 Ps 16:5
m. 23:6 Ps 25:7; 109:21
n. 23:6 LXX, Sym, Syr, Tg, Vg, Jer; MT reads will return to
o. 23:6 Lit Lord for length of days ; traditionally Lord forever
p. 23:6 Ps 27:4-6
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