A Psalm of David
The 23rd Psalm is a hymn of trust in God, often used as a prayer.
This is the version that is more widely known. It is the traditional reading.
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.
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.
Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil:
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me
all the days of my life:
and I shall dwell in the
house of the LORD forever.
King James Version
This version brings the words of the psalm into everyday language.
The LORD is my shepard,
I have everything I need,
He lets me rest in green meadows;
He leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
through the valley of death,
I will not be afraid,
for You are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You welcome me as a guest,
anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing
love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the LORD
New Living Translation Bible