New International Version
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
King James Bible
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Darby Bible Translation
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside still waters.
World English Bible
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
Young's Literal Translation
In pastures of tender grass He causeth me to lie down, By quiet waters He doth lead me.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures - בנאות דשא binoth deshe, not green pastures, but cottages of turf or sods, such as the shepherds had in open champaign countries; places in which themselves could repose safely; and pens thus constructed where the flock might be safe all the night. They were enclosures, and enclosures where they had grass or provender to eat.
Beside the still waters - Deep waters, that the strongest heat could not exhale; not by a rippling current, which argues a shallow stream. Or perhaps he may here refer to the waters of Siloam, or Shiloah, that go sof tly, Isaiah 8:6, compared with the strong current of the Euphrates. Thou hast brought us from the land of our captivity, from beyond this mighty and turbulent river, to our own country streams, wells, and fountains, where we enjoy peace, tranquillity, and rest.
The old Psalter gives this a beautiful turn: On the water of rehetyng forth he me broght. On the water of grace er we broght forth, that makes to recover our strengthe that we lost in syn. And reheteis (strengthens) us to do gude workes. My saule he turned, that es, of a synful wreche, he made it ryghtwis, and waxyng of luf in mekeness. First he turnes our sautes til hym; and then he ledes and fedes it. Ten graces he telles in this psalme, the qwilk God gyfs til his lufers, (i.e., them that love him).
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green pastures [heb.] pastures of tender grass
still waters [heb.] waters of quietness
LibraryThe Shepherd King of Israel
'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 …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
The Shepherd and the Fold
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; 'he will lead them to springs of living water.' 'And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'"
They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.
I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
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