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Lectionary Poetry – Lent Week 4 (Year A)

Lectionary Poetry Lent Week 1

With the dawn of a new church year, we have launched a new feature on our website, a weekly post of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for that week (Revised Common Lectionary).
 

Lectionary Reading: Psalm 23

Psalm 23
 
 
Eugene Peterson /
The Message

(This psalm is a familiar piece of poetry
on its own, though it may be helpful to read
it in a less-familiar translation.)

GOD, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.

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.

You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.

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.

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

*** For another less familiar translation
of this psalm, try Robert Alter’s work.

 
 

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