New International Version
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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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'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 …
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Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies-- make your way straight before me.
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.
But you, Sovereign LORD, help me for your name's sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
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