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The 23rd Psalm, paraphrased

Updated on July 26, 2015

Truth From the Holy Scriptures

The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not remain in lack, for He shall supply what I need. He allows me to rest in lush pastures when I am filled and content. He leads me beside quiet waters where I may satisfy my thirst in peace.

He restores my soul and gives me perpetual strength for my tasks. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His Holy name's sake. He is responsible for me, for I am submitted to His watchcare.

Even though I stumble through the vally of deep darkness or death, I shall fear no evil, for my Shepherd is with me. His protection and discipline do reassure me, for His staff and rod are His mercy and grace upon me.

My Shepherd prepares a festive banquet for me in the mocking presence of my enemies - my soul is fed though they are in hunger. My Shepherd anoints my head with healing oil at eve's light, soothing wounds of my daily sojourn in the fields.

My provided cup overflows, and this abundance I am able to share with others. Surely His goodness and lovingkindness will bless me all my mortal days, because I follow Him.

I am traveling to dwell in the majestic house of my Redeemer Guide, when this journey is completed, and I shall live with Him forevermore!

A modern rendition of The Shepherd. You are the little lamb.

This image of The Good Shepherd is from the Salvatorian Center site.  Thank you.
This image of The Good Shepherd is from the Salvatorian Center site. Thank you.

The Shepherd Redeemer Bore His Cross for You

This golden cross is but a token   of that wooden cross where Jesus, Son of God was broken.   Tho He died, He rose again,    now reigns in Heaven, calling in to all of men. 'Come unto Me, all Ye so tired, and find My rest, and in life everlasting, be
This golden cross is but a token of that wooden cross where Jesus, Son of God was broken. Tho He died, He rose again, now reigns in Heaven, calling in to all of men. 'Come unto Me, all Ye so tired, and find My rest, and in life everlasting, be
Angels are the servants of God, not divine creatures, but those who spiritually do war with demonic beings, performing all their directives from God - and for us at His command.  Wow!
Angels are the servants of God, not divine creatures, but those who spiritually do war with demonic beings, performing all their directives from God - and for us at His command. Wow!

If you would like to listen and meditate for a few moments, listen to Michael W. Smith sing 'Breathe'.

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      reggieTull 8 years ago from Virtual Space

      quite inspiring - thanks frogy!

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Thanks, reggieTull. I see by your hubs that you are very busy - and very good too.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I just read this Psalm this morning aloud! Then I turn to your profile and and here this is! I enjoyed your paraphrasing very much. Thank you.

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      James A Watkins, thank you for commenting. It seems I paraphrased this to meet my own need, my hope, and my conviction too! I'm glad you found it today!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      frogyfish

      I like this!

      The Lord is my Shepherd...."He guides me in paths of righteousness for His Holy name's sake. He is responsible for me, for I am submitted to His watchcare."

      Nice hub and thank you for sharing!

      Blessings

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      Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

      I am blessed by the way you creatively paraphrased a favorite and endearing psalm. In fact, you have amplified it's meaning and made it reader friendly - lush pastures, perpetual strength, healing oil, majestic house, etc. These are word pictures that aid us in understanding and appreciating the manifold goodness of God our Good Shepherd.

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Thank you for sharing with us your blessing! The Truth shines through His words forever! :-)

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi frogyfish, I loved reading this in the middle of the night when all is quiet and I am allowing myself to be still to listen to the inner voice. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece.

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      When I was a child in public school in the USA, the 23rd psalm was one of the morning readings. I had memorized it before I was seven years old, and that's a long time ago. The words from the King James version are still implanted in my brain. I thought of them as I read your words.

      Thank you for bringing back a cherished memory and a cherished memorization. Your inspiring paraphrasing gives me much to think about.

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Sally, thank you for your kind words. Glad we share appreciation for this beauty of Truth!

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      restoremyheart 7 years ago

      Nice Hub-Page! I liked your version of Psalms 23, it was nice. Reading and hearing something different, yet matching it up to the original version! Really helped me focus on the meaning more intensely:) Thank you!

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Thank you restoremyheart for comment. And blessings as you continue to focus on Truth.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very nice Frogyfish. Great thoughts. Great video. The areas in the video look like some places I've lived in. Thanks

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Thank you Micky Dee. And you do live in a beautiful place! I have not been there, but my daughter and niece have been to your lovely North Carolina...

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      Betty Bolden 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      I prayed for your request this morning..may Our Lord keep you and bless you.

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      Sis-alyne 7 years ago

      frogyfish, liked your article, but just to let you know, the video did not load up. I kept clicking it and it went to Youtube where it played. Beautiful music too.

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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      froggyfish Beautiful. So awesome. I really needed to hear this tonight. Do not ask me how I got here, it was divine intervention. It is great to meet up with you again. The music was beautiful. I had big elephant tears.

      Tears of Joy that we have a savior that not only took our sin but lights the way and wants the best for his kids. I love ya. Many Blessings froggyfish. Hugs galore.

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      skye2day, I am happy that you felt and expressed such joy. Thank you for commenting, for it is a blessing here too...

      And you know what?...God has a big enough jar that he collects all those tears, even the elephant-sized ones!

      Beautiful words from your heart, and thanks with a big divine HUG too!

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      fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      This is how I read scripture. I let God paraphrase for me all the time. He also personalizes it for me. "If God be for Fred, who can be against Fred. Who can separate Fred from the love of Christ?" KInda like when you wrote "I will fear no evil, for MY Shepherd is with me. LOve how you did this!

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Fred, I like your comment and your 'action' - plan to do that more myself, so thanks for the reminder here!

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi frogfish what a lovely hub it is. I love Psalm 23 so much and you just paraphrased it beautifully. Thank you for sharing this truly inspiring hub. Remain blessed and regards.

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      christina327, thank you for your perception, and your blessing. Be fully blessed yourself, today!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Nice! I love the 23rd Psalm. Bless you!

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      Sam 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Voted up and beautiful! Well written and I enjoyed your paraphrase very much. Blessings to you my friend...

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Thank you samsons1, for enjoying the Truth, not just my re-expression of it. Glad you visited.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      I like this a lot because it shows that the words of David did reach your soul and you understood his prayer and made it your own. Lovely!

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Right on, North Wind. It is a refreshing and encouraging Psalm of truth. Glad you visited too.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is very good. Psalm is a book in the bible that always has something I love. Even when I was a child Psalm was my favorite. My favorite is still Psalm 100.

      Thank you for the way you wrote Psalm 23, it was beautiful.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Michele Travis, thank you for visiting, and commenting. Your Psalm 100 is another fantastic encouragement!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very well done,i always love the 23rd Psalm and i love your version as well.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      kashmir56, I love the Psalm also, and it brings intimate meanings home when it is 'expanded' like that. Glad you visited!

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