Makeover For 23rd Psalm

David, as interpreted with a 21st Century perspective:

In a new version published by the Church of England, the words: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” are replaced by: “Even if a full-scale violent confrontation breaks out I will not be afraid, Lord.” The new version shares with the traditional one the opening line “The Lord is my shepherd”, but the psalmist goes on: “He lets me see a country of justice and peace and directs me towards this land” and that His “shepherd’s power and love protect me” – instead of “thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”.

The psalm, rewritten by a Pastor Kameeta of Namibia, will be included in the book Pocket Prayers for Justice and Peace. All of the prayers are focused on issues such as debt, free trade, and the developing world.

Noble sentiment, but pastor–use your own words.

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