Psalm 23:4
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New International Version
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

New Living Translation
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

English Standard Version
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

New American Standard Bible
Even 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.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff--they comfort me.

International Standard Version
Even when I walk through a valley of deep darkness, I will not be afraid because you are with me. Your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

NET Bible
Even when I must walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff reassure me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Even if I shall walk in the valleys of the shadows of death, I will not be afraid of evil, because you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

New American Standard 1977
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
            I fear no evil; for Thou art with me;
            Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
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 shall comfort me.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.

American King James Version
Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.

American Standard Version
Yea, thou 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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they have comforted me.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shades of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

World English Bible
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Young's Literal Translation
Also -- when I walk in a valley of death-shade, I fear no evil, for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff -- they comfort me.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Shepherd
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. 5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.…
Word Study

Yea though I walk
yalak  (yaw-lak')
to walk; causatively, to carry (in various senses)

through the valley
gay'  (gah'-ee)
a gorge (from its lofty sides; hence, narrow, but not a gully or winter-torrent) -- valley.

of the shadow of death
tsalmaveth  (tsal-maw'-veth)
shade of death, i.e. the grave (figuratively, calamity) -- shadow of death.

I will fear
yare'  (yaw-ray')
to fear; morally, to revere; caus. to frighten

no evil
ra`  (rah)
bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral)one), worse(-st), wretchedness, wrong. (Incl. feminine raaah; as adjective or noun.).

for thou art with me thy rod
shebet  (shay'-bet)
a scion, i.e. (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan -- correction, dart, rod, sceptre, staff, tribe.

and thy staff
mish`enah  (mish-ay-naw')
support (abstractly), i.e. (figuratively) sustenance or (concretely) a walking-stick -- staff.

they comfort
nacham  (naw-kham')
comfort (self), ease (one's self), repent(-er,-ing, self).

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
Deuteronomy 20:1
"When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.

2 Samuel 22:19
"They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my support.

Job 10:21
Before I go-- and I shall not return-- To the land of darkness and deep shadow,

Job 10:22
The land of utter gloom as darkness itself, Of deep shadow without order, And which shines as the darkness."

Psalm 3:6
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.

Psalm 16:8
I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 27:1
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

Psalm 44:19
Yet You have crushed us in a place of jackals And covered us with the shadow of death.

Psalm 46:2
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;

Psalm 48:14
For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.

through

Psalm 44:19 Though you have sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered …

Job 3:5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell …

Job 10:21,22 Before I go from where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness …

Job 24:17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know …

Jeremiah 2:6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the …

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, …

I will

Psalm 3:6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves …

Psalm 27:1-4 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD …

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…

Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do to me?

Psalm 138:7 Though I walk in the middle of trouble, you will revive me: you shall …

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory…

for thou

Psalm 14:5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Psalm 46:11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Isaiah 8:9,10 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; …

Isaiah 43:1,2 But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that …

Zechariah 8:23 Thus said the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, …

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

Acts 18:9,10 Then spoke the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, …

2 Timothy 4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

thy rod

Psalm 110:2 The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you …

Micah 7:14 Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your heritage, which …

Zechariah 11:10,14 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might …

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