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Christ was born to be both our Savior and our Shepherd. He is the caring Shepherd Who feeds us on His Word. He is the Shepherd Who leads us through the valley of the shadow of death. His shepherding will finally lead us to dwell in His house forever.

BibleGateway: Psalm 23

ESV Text: Psalm 23

Psalm 23 (Listen)

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.


23:1   The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
  He leads me beside still waters.1
    He restores my soul.
  He leads me in paths of righteousness2
    for his name’s sake.


  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.


  You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
  you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
  Surely4 goodness and mercy5 shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
  and I shall dwell6 in the house of the LORD
    forever.7

Footnotes

[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

(ESV)


KJV Text: Psalms 23:1-6

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KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 23:

     1 A Psalm of David. 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 goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 106 :
The People That in Darkness Sat

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1. The people that in darkness sat
A glorious light have seen;
The light has shined on them who long
In shades of death have been.

2. To hail Thee, Sun of Righteousness,
The gathering nations come;
They joy as when the reapers bear
Their harvest treasures home.

3. For Thou their burden dost remove
And break the tyrant’s rod
As in the day when Midian fell
Before the sword of God.

4. To us a Child of hope is born,
To us a Son is given,
And on His shoulder ever rests
All power in earth and heaven.

5. His name shall be the Prince of Peace,
The Everlasting Lord,
The Wonderful, the Counselor.
The God by all adored.

6. His righteous government and power
Shall over all extend;
On judgment and on justice based,
His reign shall have no end.

7. Lord Jesus, reign in us, we pray,
And make us Thine alone,
Who with the Father ever art
And Holy Spirit, one.