Psalms 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Yea.  A yes, but a more than a yes.  It is a strong affirmative yes.  Yea shows true emotion.

Though.  The conjunction that connects the though phrase and the I will phrase.  Despite the fact of the though phrase, the I will phrase stays true as well.

I.  First person pronoun allowing the reader to place themselves into the narrative.

Walk.  Not run, not jog, not skip.  Walk refers to a slower pace of movement.  Given the context, walking does not seem appropriate other than being cautious of what is around.  Yet, walking is what is done.

Through.  Not around.  Not over.  Through.  Though typically the shortest distance, through does not always mean easiest.  In this case, it means dealing with very scary events.

The.  Article.  Not a, but the.  Refers to the fact that there is only one option.

Valley.  Low point between 2 or more hills.  The valley does not provide a good advantage to the one going though it.  Anything on the hills would be able to look down on the valley and attack.  Going through a valley is not the most intelligent choice.

Of.  Preposition. Linking to The Shadow.

The.  Again, not a, but the.  Signifying that there is only one.

Shadow.  Darkness between light source and surface.  The shadow belongs to Death.  Death is, in this case, looming and is creating a darkness on the person going through the valley.

Of.  Preposition.  Linking to Death.

Death.  Physical as well spiritual death.  In the valley, Death is waiting for all who go through.  Death is waiting to threaten whoever it can, causing fear.

I.  Again, stating the first person pronoun.  This reaffirms who is speaking.

Will.  Future tense of the verb.  Shows that in the future, the will not be afraid.

Fear.  Emotion that shows that something is thought to be dangerous or threatening.  Fear is a legitimate emotion to those who are being chased by something or someone.  In this case, the fear comes from the Shadow of Death and what it can do.

No.  Negative word.  In this sentence, referring to no evil to be feared.

Evil.  The opposite of good.  As God is pure good, pure evil is Satan.

For.  Linking I will fear no evil to You are with me.  The first leads to the second.

You.  The you is the Shepherd (Jesus).  Jesus is with His sheep (people) all the time, day or night.

Are.  Present tense showing that the Shepherd (Jesus) is with His sheep (people).

With.  The with shows the bond between the Shepherd (Jesus) and the sheep (people).  Jesus is with us all the time.

Me.  The same as I.  Referring to the writer of the narrative but also can be applied to the reader.

Your. Possessive word.  Given to the Shepherd (Jesus) to show ownership of the next two items: the rod and staff.

Rod.  The rod is what the shepherd would use to defend the sheep from the dangers that could kill or injure them.  Jesus knows how to defend us from all that the enemy seeks to do to us.  He protects our souls.

And.  Conjunction that links rod and staff.  That would mean that the 2 items would be used together.

Your.  It is the Shepherd’s (Jesus’s).

Staff.  An item that a shepherd would use to guide the sheep.  It would have a hook on the end of it so that the hook could be used to pull a sheep away from danger.

They.  They refers to the rod and staff.

Comfort.  A bringing of calm to someone or something that is anything but.  The Shepherd (Jesus) knows how to comfort His sheep (people) .

Me.  The same as I.  Referring to the writer of the narrative but also can be applied to the reader.

Jesus is there to comfort us through all of life’s struggles and pain.  He is there to remove the fear that we may have.  All we need to do is pray and ask Him to remove the fear and the evil that is around.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your comfort, Your healing and Your guiding.  You spare us from the evil that we do deserve.  When we call on Your name, evil must listen and obey Your voice.  Evil must leave.  Help us to remember to let You in so that evil is eliminated.  You alone are our God..  Be our Shepherd and we will be Your sheep.  We will listen and obey You.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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