Psalm 23:3
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he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths 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.

Darby Bible Translation
He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in 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,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He restoreth my soul - Brings back my life from destruction; and converts my soul from sin, that it may not eternally perish. Or, after it has backslidden from him, heals its backslidings, and restores it to his favor. See the old paraphrase on this clause in the preceding note.

In the paths of righteousness - במעגלי צדק bemageley tsedek, "in the circuits" or "orbits of righteousness." In many places of Scripture man appears to be represented under the notion of a secondary planet moving round its primary; or as a planet revolving round the sun, from whom it receives its power of revolving, with all its light and heat. Thus man stands in reference to the Sun of righteousness; by his power alone is he enabled to walk uprightly; by his light he is enlightened; and by his heat he is vivified, and enabled to bring forth good fruit. When he keeps in his proper orbit, having the light of the glory of God reflected from the face of Jesus Christ, he is enabled to enlighten and strengthen others. He that is enlightened may enlighten; he that is fed may feed.

For his name's sake - To display the glory of his grace, and not on account of any merit in me. God's motives of conduct towards the children of men are derived from the perfections and goodness of his own nature.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

restoreth

Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

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 not forget your commandments.

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

Jeremiah 32:37-42 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, where I have driven them in my anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath...

Hosea 14:4-9 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for my anger is turned away from him...

Micah 7:8,9,18,19 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light to me...

Luke 22:31,32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat...

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 your way straight before my face.

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 do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk...

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 them in paths that they have not known...

Jeremiah 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame...

for his

Psalm 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for your name's sake.

Ezekiel 20:14 But I worked for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out.

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

Library
The 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

God's Providence
In facts from Christian and philosophical standpoints it has been demonstrated that the infallible Supreme Ruler of all human spirits has made His final provision for the safety of each and every individual soul for its temporal and eternal welfare. Now I must prove to my readers' perfect satisfaction that to discard all the dignities and privileges of a high priest and become a lowly worker for Christ, it is not a mere accident nor is it an act of necessity as far as temporal necessities are concerned;
Meletios Golden—Conversion of a High Priest into a Christian Worker

The King of Love My Shepherd Is
[1242]Dominus Regit Me: John Bacchus Dykes, 1868 Psalm 23 Henry W. Baker, 1868 The King of love my Shepherd is, Whose goodness faileth never; I nothing lack if I am his, And he is mine for ever. Where streams of living water flow My ransomed soul he leadeth, And, where the verdant pastures grow, With food celestial feedeth. Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, But yet in love he sought me, And on his shoulder gently laid, And home, rejoicing, brought me. In death's dark vale I fear no ill With
Various—The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA

The Shepherd and the Fold
... Thou hast guided them in Thy strength unto Thy holy habitation.' EXODUS XV. 13. What a grand triumphal ode! The picture of Moses and the children of Israel singing, and Miriam and the women answering: a gush of national pride and of worship! We belong to a better time, but still we can feel its grandeur. The deliverance has made the singer look forward to the end, and his confidence in the issue is confirmed. I. The guiding God: or the picture of the leading. The original is 'lead gently.' Cf.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

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.

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