A psalm written by David
1 Yahweh, you care for me like a shepherd cares for his sheep [MET].
So I have everything that I need [LIT].
2 You ◄refresh my soul/encourage me►
and give me peace [MET]
like a shepherd leads his sheep to places where is plenty of green grass for them to eat,
and lets them rest beside streams where the water is flowing slowly.
3 You renew my strength.
You guide me along the roads that are the right ones for me
in order that I can honor you.
4 Even when I walk in very dangerous dark ravines
where I might ◄die/be killed►,
I will not be afraid of anything
because you are with me.
You protect me like a shepherd protects his sheep.
He uses his club and his walking-stick to protect them from being attacked by wild animals.
5 You prepare a great feast for me,
in a place where my enemies can see me.
You ◄welcome/joyfully receive me►, as people ◄welcome/ joyfully receive► the guests they have invited [MET]
by pouring olive oil over their heads.
You have given me very many blessings!
6 I am certain that you will be good to me
and act mercifully toward me
as long as I live;
and then, O Yahweh, I will live in your home in heaven forever.