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Psalm 23 (for Sunday, May 7)

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Ahh, it is our privilege to have Psalm 23 to reflect upon this week. Here are three versions of this, the most famous of the Psalms. What impact do they have on your spirit? On your view of God and you?

 

Psalm 23

(King James Version)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

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.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 

 

Psalm 23

(The Message)

A David psalm

GOD, my shepherd! I don't need a thing.

You have bedded me down in lush meadows,

you find me quiet pools to drink from.

True to your word,

you let me catch my breath

and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through

Death Valley,

I'm not afraid

when you walk at my side.

Your trusty shepherd's crook

makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner

right in front of my enemies.

You revive my drooping head;

my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me

every day of my life.

I'm back home in the house of GOD

for the rest of my life.

The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Psalm 23

(New Living Version)

A psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd;

I have everything I need.

He lets me rest in green meadows;

he leads me beside peaceful streams.

He renews my strength.

He guides me along right paths,

bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk

through the dark valley of death,[a]

I will not be afraid,

for you are close beside me.

Your rod and your staff

protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me

in the presence of my enemies.

You welcome me as a guest,

anointing my head with oil.

My cup overflows with blessings.

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.

Footnotes:

1. Psalm 23:4 Or the darkest valley.

Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996 by Tyndale Charitable Trust.

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Written by Monte

May 4, 2006 at 5:31 pm

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  1. Some of the most comforting words of Scripture are found in Psalm 23. Call me old fashioned but of those three I still like the KJV the best.

    AngCath

    May 5, 2006 at 9:34 am


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