Thursday, January 22, 2009


Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd;
Your Name, The LORD (Jehovah or, YHWH), evokes rich images of the provision and protection of You, my Covenant-God. You are so much more than “our” God. You are the God of me, as an individual. You uniquely care for me. You are my shepherd, my caregiver!

I shall not want.
There is nothing I lack (HCSB)
I am never in need (GW)
I will never be in need (CEV)
I have everything I need (NLT)

Psalm 23:2 He maketh me to lie down
in green pastures:

LORD, You let me rest in fields of fresh, tender, green grass (CEV & AMP)
My soul finds rest in You alone (Psalm 65:1, 5)

He leadeth me beside the still waters.
You lead me beside peaceful waters (GW)
You lead me beside the still and restful waters (AMP)
You lead me to refreshing water (NET)
Times of refreshing come from You (Acts 3:19)

Psalm 23:3 He restoreth my soul:
You renew my life (HCSB)
You restore my strength (NET)
You refresh and restore my very self (AMP)

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
You are true to your name, and You lead me along the right paths (CEV)
You lead me down the right paths for the sake of Your reputation (NET)

Psalm 23:4 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.

I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won’t be afraid.
You are with me, and your shepherd’s rod makes me feel safe. (CEV)
Your rod to protect me and Your staff to guide me, they comfort me (AMP)

Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence

of mine enemies:

You prepare a royal banquet for me, (GW & NET Footnotes)
You treat me to a feast while my enemies watch (CEV)
You give me Your Only Son, Jesus
He is the living bread that came down from heaven
And whoever eats from this bread lives forever! (John 6:51)

thou anointest my head with oil;
You distinguish me,
giving me the treatment of an honored guest
at Your banquet (NIV Study Bible)
I have an anointing from your Holy Spirit
This anointing remains on me,
teaches me all things and is real (1John 2:27)
You anointed me, set your seal of ownership on me
And put You Spirit in my heart as a deposit
guaranteeing what is to come (2Corinthians 21-22)

my cup runneth over.
my brimming cup runs over (AMP)
My overflowing “cup” symbolizes
Your abundant care and provisions (NIV Commentary)
You meet all of my needs
according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me all the days of my life:

Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life (GW)
Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life (HCSB)

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Because I am family, You prepare a place for me
You will come back and take me to be with You
That I also may be where You are (John 14:2-3)
And I will live forever in your house, O LORD (CEV)
And I will praise Your Name forever! (Psalm 44:8)

1 comment:

  1. This is such a blessing. Thank you for breaking it down and cross-referencing it.


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