A song of David.
1The Lord is my shepherd.
I will always have everything I need.#23:1 I will … need Literally, “I will lack nothing.”
2He gives me green pastures to lie in.
He leads me by calm pools of water.
3He restores my strength.
He leads me on right paths#23:3 right paths Or “paths of goodness.” to show that he is good.
4Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave,#23:4 valley … grave Or “death’s dark valley” or “a very dark valley.”
I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me.
Your rod and staff#23:4 rod and staff The club and walking stick a shepherd uses to protect and guide his sheep. comfort me.
5You prepared a meal for me in front of my enemies.
You welcomed me as an honored guest.#23:5 You welcomed … guest Literally, “You anointed my head with oil.”
My cup is full and spilling over.
6Your goodness and mercy will be with me all my life,
and I will live in the Lord’s house#23:6 house Or “Temple.” See “Temple” in the Word List. a long, long time.#23:6 I … long time Or “I will return again and again to the Lord’s Temple for as long as I live.”