Psalm 23


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Bible Notes by John Wesley


Introduction to Chapter 23

David extolls the goodness of God as his shepherd, and expresses his confidence in him, ver. 1-6. A psalm of David.

Commentary on Chapter 23

2. Lie down - To repose myself at noon, as the manner was in those hot countries. Green - Where there is both delight and plenty of provisions.

3. Restoreth - Hebrew. He bringeth it back; from its errors and wandering. For - Not for any worth in me, but for the glory of his justice, and faithfulness, and goodness.

4. Thy rod and thy staff - Two words denoting the same thing, and both designing God's pastoral care over him.

5. A table - Thou furnishest me with plenty of provisions and comforts. Oil - With aromatic ointments, which were then used at great feasts; thy comforts delight my soul. Runneth over - Thou hast given me a plentiful portions, signified by the cup, given to the guests by the master of the feast.


Wesley's Notes on the Bible (John Welsey, 1703-1791)