Psalm 23
The Good Shepherd
A psalm of David.
1The Lord is my shepherd;23:1 Gn 48:15; Ps 78:52; Jr 31:10; Ezk 34:11–13; Jn 10:11
I have what I need.23:1 Ps 34:9–10; Php 4:19
2He lets me lie down in green pastures;23:2 Ps 65:11–13; Ezk 34:14
he leads me beside quiet waters.23:2 Ps 36:8
3He renews my life;
he leads me along the right paths23:3 Or me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.23:3 Ps 5:8; Pr 4:11
4Even when I go through the darkest valley,23:4 Or the valley of the shadow of death
I fear no danger,
for you are with me;23:4 Is 43:2
your rod and your staff — they comfort me.23:4 Mc 7:14

5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;23:5 Ps 92:10
my cup overflows.23:5 Ps 16:5
6Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me
all the days of my life,23:6 Ps 25:7; 109:21
and I will dwell in23:6 LXX, Sym, Syr, Tg, Vg, Jer; MT reads will return to the house of the Lord
as long as I live.23:6 Lit Lord for length of days; traditionally Lord forever23:6 Ps 27:4–6