Psalm 23                                King James/The Message

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.               

God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.                              

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;

   he leadeth me beside the still waters.                                 

You have bedded me down in lush meadows                  

   you find me quiet pools to drink from.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths

    of righteousness for his name’s sake.                                    

True to your word, you let me catch my breath

    and send me in the right direction.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow                      

   of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;                                                                             

Even when the way goes through Death Valley,
   I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.                 

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence                        

   of mine enemies.                                                         

You serve me a six-course dinner
    right in front of my enemies.

Thou anointest my head with oil;

    my cup runneth over.

You revive my drooping head;

    my cup brims with blessing

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.                                                                                         

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.                                                       

I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.