Psalm 23 – “Affirmation of Confidence”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist relates his trust in God.

II. Photo
The psalmist trusts in God: “The Lord is my shepherd – I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, leads me to water in places of repose.” (vv. 1b-2)

III. Select Verses    
(The entire psalm.)
1b-3:  The LORD is my shepherd; I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me to water in places of repose; He renews my life; He guides me in right paths as befits His name.
4-5: Though I walk through a valley of deepest darkness, I fear no harm, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff — they comfort me.  You spread a table for me in full view of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my drink is abundant.
6: Only goodness and steadfast love shall pursue me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for many long years.

IV. Outline
1a. Superscription
1b-3. Account of confidence
4-5. Affirmation of confidence
6. Expression of hope (personal blessing?)

V. Comment
No comment today. Stay tuned.

VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Craigie, Peter C. “Psalms 1-50” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 19 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1983).
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
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