Psalm 23 in rhyme

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Copyright by Robert C. Rogers.

My shepherd is the Lord,

There is nothing that I lack.

He leads me by river fords,

On green pastures I lay back.

He makes my life new

And leads me on right paths.

Dark valleys I get through

With His rod and His staff.

A table for me You prepare

Before those that I oppose.

Your pour oil upon my hair;

My cup fills up and overflows.

You follow me with goodness and grace

For the rest of my earthly days.

I will dwell in my Heavenly place

By Your city forever amazed.

About Bob Rogers

Hospital chaplain in Mississippi. Adjunct history professor (online). Formerly a pastor for 33 years in Mississippi and Georgia. Avid cyclist.

Posted on June 30, 2022, in Bible teaching, Poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Lita R Holloway

    I appreciate the effort. However nothing can improve upon the poetry of KJV Psalms.
    Kids today benefit linguistically from reading it. They have today’s parallel versions to aid understanding.
    Sometimes though, Psalms can be so far removed from our modern experience (as in the ascents)that your prayers are more understandable. Thank you!

    • Lita, thanks for your comments. I do not pretend to improve on the poetry of the KJV. But writing it in rhyme is an exercise for me in thinking about the meaning of the psalm so that it stays fresh in my mind and heart. As you said, the Psalms can be so far removed from our modern experience that we don’t understand it, so if a fresh understanding comes from my little effort, so much the better!

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