Psalms 23 Comparison


by Tim Roach


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This a list of 31 different English Bible translations ranging in print dates from 1568 to 2005 that I referenced in the page:
Is there a trend to take God and/or His authority out of The Bible?

For this comparison I am using Psalms 23



Bishops
Bishops Bible
1568

Psa 23:1 [A psalme of Dauid.] God is my sheephearde, therfore I can lacke nothyng:
Psa 23:2 (23:1) he wyll cause me to repose my selfe in pasture full of grasse, and he wyll leade me vnto calme waters.
Psa 23:3 (23:2) He wyll conuert my soule: he wyll bring me foorth into the pathes of righteousnesse for his name sake.
Psa 23:4 (23:3) Yea though I walke through the valley of the shadowe of death, I wyll feare no euyll: for thou art with me, thy rodde and thy staffe be the thynges that do comfort me.
Psa 23:5 (23:4) Thou wylt prepare a table before me in the presence of myne aduersaries: thou hast annoynted my head with oyle, and my cup shalbe brymme full.
Psa 23:6 (23:5) Truely felicitie and mercie shal folowe me all the dayes of my lyfe: and I wyll dwell in the house of God for a long tyme.



Geneva
Geneva Bible
1587

Psa 23:1 A Psalme of Dauid. The Lorde is my shephearde, I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to rest in greene pasture, and leadeth me by the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soule, and leadeth me in the paths of righteousnesse for his Names sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I should walke through the valley of the shadowe of death, I will feare no euill: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staffe, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou doest prepare a table before me in the sight of mine aduersaries: thou doest anoynt mine head with oyle, and my cuppe runneth ouer.
Psa 23:6 Doubtlesse kindnesse and mercie shall followe me all the dayes of my life, and I shall remaine a long season in the house of the Lord.



GB
1599 Geneva Bible
1599

Psa 23:1 A Psalme of David. The Lord is my shepheard, I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to rest in greene pasture, and leadeth me by the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soule, and leadeth me in the paths of righteousnesse for his Names sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I should walke through the valley of the shadowe of death, I will feare no euill: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staffe, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou doest prepare a table before me in the sight of mine aduersaries: thou doest anoynt mine head with oyle, and my cuppe runneth ouer.
Psa 23:6 Doubtlesse kindnesse and mercie shall follow me all the dayes of my life, and I shall remaine a long season in the house of the Lord.



KJV-1611
1611 King James
1611

Psa 23:1 [A Psalme of Dauid.] The Lord is my shepheard, I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie downe in greene pastures: he leadeth mee beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soule: he leadeth me in the pathes of righteousnes, for his names sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea though I walke through the valley of the shadowe of death, I will feare no euill: for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staffe, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me, in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oyle, my cuppe runneth ouer.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodnes and mercie shall followe me all the daies of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for euer.



DRB
Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
1749-1752

Psa 23:1 A psalm for David. The Lord ruleth me: and I shall want nothing.
Psa 23:2 He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up, on the water of refreshment:
Psa 23:3 He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice, for his own name's sake.
Psa 23:4 For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they have comforted me.
Psa 23:5 Thou hast prepared a table before me against them that afflict me. Thou hast anointed my head with oil; and my chalice which inebreateth me, how goodly is it!
Psa 23:6 And thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days.



KJV
1769 King James Version of the Holy Bible
1769

Psa 23:1 [A Psalm of David.] The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 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.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.



Webster
1833 Webster Bible
1833

Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shades of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.



Murdock
A Literal Translation from the Syriac Peshito Version.
1852

The copy I have is New Testament only.



YLT
Young's Literal Translation of the Holy Bible by J.N. Young
1862, 1898

Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. Jehovah is my shepherd, I do not lack,
Psa 23:2 In pastures of tender grass He causeth me to lie down, By quiet waters He doth lead me.
Psa 23:3 My soul He refresheth, He leadeth me in paths of righteousness, For His name's sake,
Psa 23:4 Also--when I walk in a valley of death-shade, I fear no evil, for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff--they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou arrangest before me a table, Over-against my adversaries, Thou hast anointed with oil my head, My cup is full!
Psa 23:6 Only--goodness and kindness pursue me, All the days of my life, And my dwelling is in the house of Jehovah, For a length of days!



Darby
A literal translation of the Old Testament (1890)
and the New Testament (1884) By John Nelson Darby (1800-82)

Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 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.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 Surely, goodness and loving-kindness shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of Jehovah for the length of the days.



ASV
The American Standard Version of 1901
1901

Psa 23:1 Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: He guideth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea, thou 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.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah for ever.



WNT
NEW TESTAMENT IN MODERN SPEECH by Richard F. Weymouth
1912


The copy I have is New Testament only.



BBE
1949/1964 Bible In Basic English
1946/1964

Psa 23:1 A Psalm. Of David. The Lord takes care of me as his sheep; I will not be without any good thing.
Psa 23:2 He makes a resting-place for me in the green fields: he is my guide by the quiet waters.
Psa 23:3 He gives new life to my soul: he is my guide in the ways of righteousness because of his name.
Psa 23:4 Yes, though I go through the valley of deep shade, I will have no fear of evil; for you are with me, your rod and your support are my comfort.
Psa 23:5 You make ready a table for me in front of my haters: you put oil on my head; my cup is overflowing.
Psa 23:6 Truly, blessing and mercy will be with me all the days of my life; and I will have a place in the house of the Lord all my days.



NIV
New International Version
1984

Psa 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
Psa 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
Psa 23:3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.



GNB
Good News Bible Second Edition
1992

Psa 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.
Psa 23:2 He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.
Psa 23:3 He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised.
Psa 23:4 Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, LORD, for you are with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a banquet for me, where all my enemies can see me; you welcome me as an honored guest and fill my cup to the brim.
Psa 23:6 I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and your house will be my home as long as I live.



CEV
Contemporary English Version
1995

Psa 23:1 (A psalm by David.) You, LORD, are my shepherd. I will never be in need.
Psa 23:2 You let me rest in fields of green grass. You lead me to streams of peaceful water,
Psa 23:3 and you refresh my life. You are true to your name, and you lead me along the right paths.
Psa 23:4 I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won't be afraid. You are with me, and your shepherd's rod makes me feel safe.
Psa 23:5 You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows.
Psa 23:6 Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever in your house, LORD.



GW
1995 by GOD'S WORD to the Nations Bible Society.
1995

Psa 23:1 A psalm by David. The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need.
Psa 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters.
Psa 23:3 He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name.
Psa 23:4 Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a banquet for me while my enemies watch. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows.
Psa 23:6 Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the LORD'S house for days without end.



MKJV
Modern King James Version,
1998

Psa 23:1 A psalm by David. The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need.
Psa 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters.
Psa 23:3 He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name.
Psa 23:4 Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a banquet for me while my enemies watch. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows.
Psa 23:6 Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the LORD'S house for days without end.



NIRV
New International Reader's Version
1998

Psa 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.
Psa 23:2 He lets me lie down in fields of green grass. He leads me beside quiet waters.
Psa 23:3 He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths for the honor of his name.
Psa 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid. You are with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a feast for me right in front of my enemies. You pour oil on my head. My cup runs over.
Psa 23:6 I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.



LITV
Literal Translation of the Holy Bible,
2000


Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not lack.
Psa 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me to waters of rest;
Psa 23:3 He restores my soul; He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a table for me before ones vexing me; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Psa 23:6 Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah for as long as my days.



WEB
The World English Bible
(2000?)

Psa 23:1 Yahweh is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.
Psa 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell in Yahweh's house forever.



HNV
The Hebrew Names Version (HNV) of the World English Bible
(2000?)

Psa 23:1 [A Psalm by David.] The LORD is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.
Psa 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the LORD's house forever.



ALT
Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible.
2001


The copy I have is New Testament only.



ESV
English Standard Version,
2001

Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.



ISV
International Standard Version v1.2.2
2001


The copy I have is New Testament only.



MSG
THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language
2002

Psa 23:1 A David psalm. GOD, my shepherd! I don't need a thing.
Psa 23:2 You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.
Psa 23:3 True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.
Psa 23:4 Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure.
Psa 23:5 You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.
Psa 23:6 Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back home in the house of GOD for the rest of my life.



EMTV
English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible, New Testament.
2003

The copy I have is New Testament only.



HCSB
Holman Christian Standard Bible
2003

Psa 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.
Psa 23:2 He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
Psa 23:3 He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear [no] danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Psa 23:6 Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD as long as I live.



MRC
Messianic Renewed Covenant, Field Edition
2004

The copy I have is New Testament only.



TNIV
TODAY'S NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
2005

Psa 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
Psa 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
Psa 23:3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Psa 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.



NCV
New Century Version
2005

Psa 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need.
Psa 23:2 He lets me rest in green pastures. He leads me to calm water.
Psa 23:3 He gives me new strength. He leads me on paths that are right for the good of his name.
Psa 23:4 Even if I walk through a very dark valley, I will not be afraid, because you are with me. Your rod and your shepherd's staff comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a meal for me in front of my enemies. You pour oil of blessing on my head; you fill my cup to overflowing.
Psa 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will be with me all my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.





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