Examining God’s Word – Psalm 23

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A psalm by David. The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need. A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
4 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. 4 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. 4 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.
5 You prepare a banquet for me while my enemies watch. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. 5 Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. 5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the LORD’s house for days without end. 6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever. A psalm of David.
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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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