Psalm 23:3
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New International Version
he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake.

New Living Translation
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

English Standard Version
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

New American Standard Bible
He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name's sake.

International Standard Version
He revives my life; he leads me in pathways that are righteous for the sake of his name.

NET Bible
He restores my strength. He leads me down the right paths for the sake of his reputation.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He brings back my soul, and leads me in the paths of truth because of your Name.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

King James 2000 Bible
He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

American King James Version
He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

American Standard Version
He restoreth my soul: He guideth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Douay-Rheims Bible
he hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice, for his own name's sake.

Darby Bible Translation
He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

English Revised Version
He restoreth my soul: he guideth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

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

World English Bible
He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Young's Literal Translation
My soul He refresheth, He leadeth me in paths of righteousness, For His name's sake,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:1-6 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - He restoreth my soul; i.e. revives it and reinvigorates it when it is exhausted and weary (see the comment on Is. 19:7, where the same verb occurs). He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness. Which are also "paths of pleasantness and peace" (Proverbs 3:17). For his Name's sake. To magnify his Name as a gracious and merciful God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He restoreth my soul,.... Either when backslidden, and brings it back again when led or driven away, and heals its backslidings; or rather, when fainting, swooning, and ready to die away, he fetches it back again, relieves, refreshes, and comforts with the discoveries of his love, with the promises of his word, and with the consolations of his Spirit, and such like reviving cordials; see Gill on Psalm 19:7;

he leadeth, he in the paths of righteousness; in the plain paths of truth and holiness, in which men, though fools, shall not err; in right ones, though they sometimes seem rough and rugged to Christ's sheep, yet are not crooked; there is no turning to the right hand or the left; they lead straight on to the city of habitation; and they are righteous ones, as paths of duty are, and all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord be; moreover, Christ leads his by faith, to walk on in him and in his righteousness, looking through it, and on account of it, for eternal life; see Proverbs 8:20; and all this he does

for his name's sake; for his own glory and the praise of his grace, and not for any merits or deserts in men.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. To restore the soul is to revive or quicken it (Ps 19:7), or relieve it (La 1:11, 19).

paths of righteousness—those of safety, as directed by God, and pleasing to Him.

for his name's sake—or, regard for His perfections, pledged for His people's welfare.

Psalm 23:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is My Shepherd
2He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. 4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.…
Cross References
Psalm 5:8
Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies-- make your way straight before me.

Psalm 19:7
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

Psalm 25:9
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

Psalm 31:3
Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

Psalm 85:13
Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.

Psalm 109:21
But you, Sovereign LORD, help me for your name's sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.

Psalm 139:10
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

Psalm 143:10
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Proverbs 4:11
I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.

Proverbs 8:20
I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
Treasury of Scripture

He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

restoreth

Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 51:10,12 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me…

Psalm 85:4-7 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause your anger toward us to cease…

Psalm 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant; for I do …

Job 33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light …

Jeremiah 32:37-42 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, where I have driven …

Hosea 14:4-9 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for my anger …

Micah 7:8,9,18,19 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when …

Luke 22:31,32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have …

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

leadeth

Psalm 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make …

Psalm 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 143:8-10 Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning; for in you …

Proverbs 8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the middle of the paths of judgment:

Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead …

Jeremiah 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them …

for his

Psalm 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name: and …

Ezekiel 20:14 But I worked for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before …

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

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