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Psa 23:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psa 23:2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. Psa 23:3  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Psa 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. Psa 23:5  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Psa 23:6  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. 


Psa 23:1  A Psalm [Heb: song (poem)] of David [Heb: loving] [David was a King, yet he followed God, as a sheep]. The LORD is my shepherd [Heb: to tend a flock, to rule; to associate with (as a friend): companion] [“to feed, guide and shield me” Amplif.]; I shall not want [Heb: lack]. Psa 23:2  He maketh me to lie down [Heb: make (me) to rest] [in safety] in green [(fresh, tender) grass; good healthy food] pastures [among other gentle, thoughtful, compassionate, benevolent, kindhearted sheep (persons)]: he leadeth me [Heb: flows with (me); protects, sustains: carries, feeds, (gently) guides (me)] beside the still [Heb: peaceful: comfortable, quiet] waters [of like-thinking humanity] [1]. Psa 23:3  He restoreth [Heb: turns back: brings (back, home again), fetches home again, (cause to) return, retrieves, rescues] my soul [i.e., my spirit, my collected thoughts] [“He refreshes and restores my life – my self” Amplif.] [i.e., He restores me into the “who” I originally was]: he leadeth [Heb: guides] me in the paths of righteousness [Heb: the paths of (natural, moral, legal) right] [“uprightness and right-standing with Him” Amplif.] for his name's sake [for what Jesus Christ (the anointed) did for me]. Psa 23:4  Yea, though I [from moment to moment] walk through the [deep, sunless] valley [Heb: a gorge (from its lofty sides; hence narrow)] of the shadow of death [the cold menacing ever-present threat, walls of eternal darkness, i.e., the looming danger of (total) utter separation from Father God, from His open welcoming arms, the warm embrace of shining Light, the all-encompassing forgiving Love of eternal Life], I will fear no evil [lurking fear, the dread of death is dissolved] [2]: for thou art with me; thy rod [will protect me] and thy staff [will guide me] they comfort [secure, gladden, soothe, calm] me. Psa 23:5  Thou preparest [Heb: set in a row, arrange, put in order] a table [Heb: by implic. a meal] [of revelations] [3] before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest [Heb: fatten, to make fat] [(the most highly desired food)] my head [my collected thoughs, my spirit] with oil [with revelations through the Holy Spirit leading me, drawing me ever more intimately, closer to Father God]; my cup [the depth, width, and height of my comprehension, my level of understanding] runneth over [Heb: my satisfaction: my wealth] [overflows toward other people around me, spilling onto and filling their cups of blessings]. Psa 23:6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life [as two loving sheep-dogs, my intimate companions, serving together the beloved sheep]: and I will dwell [Heb: abide] in the house of the LORD [in the wonderful sheepfold of Heaven] for ever

1.    (1 Tim 6:5-8) Perverse disputings [quarrels] of men of corrupt [Gk: to rot thoroughly; ruined] minds, and destitute of [impoverished (without)] the truth [a], supposing [Gk: regarding, thinking] that gain [wealth, power] is godliness [the highest pinnacle of life]: from such withdraw thyself [into the quiet welcoming green pastures of Father God]. But godliness [the highest pinnacle of life] with contentment is great gain [b]. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment [Gk: (a covering), clothing] let us be therewith content

a.     (John 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

b.    content = Dict: happy enough with what one has or is; not desiring something more or different; satisfied.

2.    (1 Cor 15:54-57) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victoryO death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

3.    revelation = Dict.: God’s disclosure or manifestation to man of Himself of His will.