July 3, 2011
My favorite version of the Bible is the NIV (New International Version) for a couple of reasons. One: because it is easy to understand since it is written in modern English. Two: because part of the team that did the research for this version were Spirit-filled believers (Assemblies of God), and I believe that they did a wonderful job of translating the original Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament) into the English language.
But the beauty of the 23rd Psalm in the King James Version is striking. I was taught the 23rd Psalm in the King James back in the late ’60′s, and it has been something that has not faded from memory. It is timeless, and it is the version that is still “in my head” to this day.
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4Yea, 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.
5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
King James Version