Psalm 23 Analysis

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In the King James Version of the Bible, some passages, also referred to as scriptures, seem to stand out and have a deeper impact on its readers than others do. Psalm 23 is one of those passages. This section of the Bible seems to be more well known, more commonly referenced due to its simplicity and its apparent significance. In essence, Psalm 23 speaks to the idea of the Lord being a shepherd over the people referred to as his “flock.” It relates closely to another well-read and well-known portion of the Kings James version of the Bible, “The Sermon on The Mount.” I find, however, that the “Sermon on the Mount” offers the same message but is expanded and is more detailed than Psalm 23.
While no author is specified Psalm 23, it is believed and attributed to King David being the author. For the purpose of this paper, I will refer to the narrator of the Psalm as such. David opens the Psalm with what will be the theme of the message. “The Lord is my shepherd; I
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The “Sermon on The Mount” is from the perspective of a teacher, preaching concepts to a mass of people who do not yet understand his words. By understanding the basis for the narrative, we can see that the motive of the two works differs from each other because the motives of the authors differ. The principles being taught are the same.
Second, the composition of the two works may not be as alike as they first appear. David’s words in Psalm 23 are plain and easily understood, having one unified meaning. However, the teacher of “The Sermon on The Mount” makes use of parable, a form of likening one thing to another that predates the predominant use of metaphors and similes that are so common today. The purpose of this is to cause students to ponder and think, allowing many levels of interpretation and understanding for the students and
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