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The 23rd Psalm

The 23rd Psalm is one of the most well-known and beloved passages from the Old Testament of the Bible. It is also known as the “Shepherd Psalm” or “Psalm of David.” Here are the words to the psalm:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 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. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The psalm is often interpreted as a metaphor for the relationship between God and His people, with God as the loving and protective shepherd who guides and provides for his flock. The words of the psalm have brought comfort and inspiration to many over the centuries, and it is often recited or sung in Christian worship services, as well as in secular contexts such as funerals and memorial services.

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