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As a part of my commitment to disseminating knowledge (coughs), I have decided to help simplify one of the most popular Psalms for the benefit of readers. I’m quite sure the author, David will agree with this unsolicited edit.  So enjoy the revised edition of Psalm 23 as it applies to most of us:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul; He leads me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, 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 for 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 will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

(reproduced with permission of David)

You might be wondering why the remaining verses were crossed out. Well, for one, it’s easier to memorize just one verse as opposed to six verses (don’t forget it’s Psalm 23 for Dummies). But more importantly, for most of us, the first verse is where our reading of the Psalm should end. We should instead, attempt to answer the imaginary question that follows it: Is the Lord my shepherd?
Really, there is no need reading the remaining five verses if  our answer to the question is ‘No’. A knowledge of basic English coupled with simple deductive reasoning will tell us that the benefits listed in verses 2 through 6 are reserved only for those whom the Lord is their Shepherd. So the question once again; Is the Lord your shepherd? Because, like a friend remarked on Facebook, “once the Lord is not your shepherd, the rest is just a poem”.
 
For a definition of the word Shepherd, click here.

for most people, Psalm 23 should end at verse 1. Is the Lord your shepherd?
— Ifeoluwapo Odedere (@hypoxia13) March 5, 2014

 

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