Psalm 23

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Psalm 23 is one of the most popular chapters in the entire Bible, known by its introductory phrase "The LORD Is My Shepherd."

The theme of the Psalm is comfort in times of trouble; as such, it is frequently quoted whenever a person is undergoing trials or comforting someone who is.

Only six verses long, this chapter is also one of the shortest:[1]

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.


  1. ESV quoted here.