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Wesley's Explanatory Notes
Psalms 23



Verse 2

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

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.

Verse 3

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Restoreth — Heb. 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.

Verse 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.

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

Verse 5

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

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.


Copyright Statement
These files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website.

Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalms 23:4". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". 1765.

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Friday, November 27th, 2020
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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