Psalm 23 portrays God as a good shepherd, feeding (verse 1) and leading (verse 3) his flock. It is known that the shepherd is to know each sheep by name, thus when God is given the analogy of a shepherd, he is not only a protector but also the caretaker.
It’s quite possibly the most famous psalm in the Bible (and there are 150 of them!), almost certainly because of its connection to funerals and ultimately death. And there’s no question that it is a comforting passage in that regard.
While the reason for its popularity with the Jewish community cannot be pinpointed as accurately, the psalm has become a staple at Jewish funerals and is often used as a personal prayer in times of sickness or distress.
Filters. (idiomatic) A symbolic description of the world, meaning darkness and death are (symbolic) valleys on earth one must walk through, that is, part of the human experience.
No, the shepherd leads the sheep to a place with green grass to eat and quiet water to drink. It is a sanctuary from hunger, thirst, and predators. The shepherd may even lie down with the sheep. This verse is about God’s provision of sustenance, security, and serenity.
The rod is for correction and the staff is for guidance, keeping us going in the right direction. So David was saying in psalm 23 that it’s comforting when the Lord corrects and guides us because it means we belong to Him. 🙂 Its like what’s written in Hebrews 12:5–8… He corrects and guides His Children in love.
Be careful with the phrase, “I shall not want .” The speaker’s not saying “The Lord is my shepherd , but I don’t want him.” Instead, he means that with God as his protector, he won’t lack anything he needs. The word ” want ” means “lack.”
Psalm 23 1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. he restores my soul. He guides 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.
In Israel there’s actually a valley called “The Shadow of Death.” I’m told it’s a steep, dark, and narrow canyon where the sun only reaches it when it is directly overhead. David may have led his sheep up this valley. The Bible often talks about valleys as tough times.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
The theme of Psalm 23 is that God always protects and provides. The psalm relies on an extended metaphor of God as a shepherd and the speaker as one of his sheep.
8. Thessalonians 4:13-14. Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death , so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
It is called ‘the valley of Death ‘ to emphasise that it is the place where the soldiers will die in battle.
” My cup runneth over ” is a quotation from the Hebrew Bible ( Psalms : 23 :5) and means “I have more than enough for my needs”, though interpretations and usage vary.
According to the Book of Exodus in the Bible, the staff (Hebrew: מַטֶּה matteh, translated ” rod ” in the King James Bible) was used to produce water from a rock, was transformed into a snake and back, and was used at the parting of the Red Sea.