1 A Psalm of David. Hashem is my shepherd; I shall not want.
א מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד יְהוָה רֹעִי לֹא אֶחְסָר.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.
ב בִּנְאוֹת דֶּשֶׁא יַרְבִּיצֵנִי עַל מֵי מְנֻחוֹת יְנַהֲלֵנִי.
3 He restoreth my soul; He guideth me in straight paths for His name’s sake.
ג נַפְשִׁי יְשׁוֹבֵב יַנְחֵנִי בְמַעְגְּלֵי צֶדֶק לְמַעַן שְׁמוֹ.
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.
ד גַּם כִּי אֵלֵךְ בְּגֵיא צַלְמָוֶת לֹא אִירָא רָע כִּי אַתָּה עִמָּדִי שִׁבְטְךָ וּמִשְׁעַנְתֶּךָ הֵמָּה יְנַחֲמֻנִי.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
ה תַּעֲרֹךְ לְפָנַי שֻׁלְחָן נֶגֶד צֹרְרָי דִּשַּׁנְתָּ בַשֶּׁמֶן רֹאשִׁי כּוֹסִי רְוָיָה.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of Hashem for ever.
akh tov va-KHE-sed yir-d’-FU-nee kol y’-MAY kha-YAI v’-shav-TEE b’-VAYT a-do-NAI l-O-rekh ya-MEEM
ו אַךְ טוֹב וָחֶסֶד יִרְדְּפוּנִי כָּל יְמֵי חַיָּי וְשַׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית יְהוָה לְאֹרֶךְ יָמִים.
23:6 And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever
Psalm 23 has stood by the Jewish people and been their support through the darkest days of persecution and exile. Over the centuries, no evil murderer, and not even the greatest human tragedies, have been able to crush the resilient Jewish spirit when they remember that “You are with me” (verse 4). King David certainly has a difficult life. While he never gives up hope, for he knows that God was with him, he longs for times when he can live comfortably in the Holy Land while “goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” The concluding phrase “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” uses the Hebrew word ‘v’shavtee,’ “to dwell.” However, the word also means “I will return.” Here, King David prays not only to dwell in God’s palace, but that he will be found worthy of returning there frequently.