Psalm 23 English Standard Version

The LORD Is My Shepherd

23 1  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2  He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[1] 3  He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness[2] for his name's sake. 4  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[3] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6  Surely[4] goodness and mercy[5] shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[6] in the house of the Lord forever.[7]


[1] 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest

[2] 23:3 Or in right paths

[3] 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness

[4] 23:6 Or Only

[5] 23:6 Or steadfast love

[6] 23:6 Or shall return to dwell

[7] 23:6 Hebrew for length of days

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