Day 100 | Saturday, 27 June 2020
I started this daily thought with Psalm 23 on day 1 so today, as we reach day 100, I thought I would share some more translations of Psalm 23 with you today. I know you may be getting tired of these. I find the different translations interesting as I compare them. (I only have a few left) Out of these sharing, you may have discovered one or two that really speak to you in this present day. No matter what, I find Psalm 23 to be most comforting as we continue the journey in our COVID- world. I want a shepherd whose desire is to protect me. I want a shepherd who will prompt me to rest, who will give me strength. I want a shepherd who will anoint me with blessings. And I want a shepherd who will walk with me when the shadows take over the light. Jesus the Christ is that shepherd for me. How about you?
Psalm 23 – Douay-Rheims 1899 Bible Translation
The Lord ruleth me: and I shall want nothing. He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up, on the water of refreshment: He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice, for his own name’s sake. For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they have comforted me. Thou hast prepared a table before me against them that afflict me. Thou hast anointed my head with oil; and my chalice which inebreateth me, how goodly is it! And thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days.
Psalm 23 – New Century Version (NCV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need. He lets me rest in green pastures. He leads me to calm water. He gives me new strength. He leads me on paths that are right for the good of his name. Even if I walk through a very dark valley, I will not be afraid, because you are with me. Your rod and your shepherd’s staff comfort me. You prepare a meal for me in front of my enemies. You pour oil of blessing on my head; you fill my cup to overflowing. Surely your goodness and love will be with me all my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23 – World English Bible (WEB)
Yahweh is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He guides me in the 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 runs over. Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in Yahweh’s house forever.
“He leadeth me: O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught! Whate’er I do, where’er I be, still ‘tis God’s hand that leadeth me. He leadeth me, he leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me; his faithful follower I would be; for by his hand he leadeth me.” Joseph H. Gilmore, 1862
Holy God, like a shepherd lead us, much we need your tender care. Take us to places for rest. Give us quiet when we are being bombarded with the noises of the world. Walk with those who are making the journey through the valley. Restore us when we are depleted and stressed. Help us remember the blessings you have given because of your generous spirit of love. Lord, hear our prayers. Amen
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