from The King James Bible

Psalm 23: 1-6

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green [1] pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest [2] my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. [3]

Review and Assess:

1. Respond: Which phrases in Psalm 23 are familiar to you?
2. (a) Recall: What image is developed in the opening verses?
(b) Infer: Why might this image provide comfort to listeners?
(c) Draw Conclusions: How does the inclusion of the images of the valley of death and of enemies strengthen the psalm?
3. Draw Conclusions: What is the message of the psalm?
4. Evaluate: Does the psalm offer comfort, express hope of comfort, or both?
5. Apply: What images of comfort and guidance might a modern palm writer use?