Old Testament

Psalm 23
Psalm 23
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
A psalm by David.
The Shepherd Provides for His People
1The Lord is my shepherd.
I lack nothing.
2He causes me to lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
The Shepherd Protects His People
4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
The Royal Host Provides for His People
5You set a table for me in the presence of my foes.
You drench my head with oil.[]
My cup is overflowing.
6Surely goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.[]


  • 23:5 Scenting someone with perfumed olive oil was a part of celebrations. The verb used here is not the verb used for anointing someone to an office.
  • 23:6 Literally for length of days or for days without end