The Divine Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;

he makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters;[a]

he restores my soul.[b]

He leads me in paths of righteousness[c]

for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[d]

I fear no evil;

for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff,

they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

thou anointest my head with oil,

my cup overflows.

Surely[e] goodness and mercy[f] shall follow me

all the days of my life;

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

for ever.[g]


  1. Psalm 23:2 Heb the waters of rest
  2. Psalm 23:3 Or life
  3. Psalm 23:3 Or right paths
  4. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
  5. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
  6. Psalm 23:6 Or kindness
  7. Psalm 23:6 Or as long as I live