PSALM 23:1

“The Lord is my shepherd”



This is the opening verse of Psalm 23, the most popular Psalm in the Bible. It shows God's care for us and how He will lead and protect us. “I shall not want” means we will not need anything that God cannot provide. After all, what more do we need?

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“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

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Psalm 23:1 Translation & Meaning

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The Lord יְהוָ֥ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
my shepherd; רֹ֝עִ֗י To tend a flock; i.e., pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend) shepherd
I shall not לֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
want. אֶחְסָֽר׃ To lack; by implication, to fail, want, lessen want

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  • 1  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

  • 2  He maketh me to lie down in green 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.

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