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Review: Psalm 23 with Justin Alfred

Just in case you missed it, you might want to check out our recent blog series with Biblical language expert Justin Alfred. Justin walked us through the Hebrew language and grammar found in a well-known psalm, Psalm 23, and showed us how to mine some rich theological truths among its lines.

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Biblical Hebrew Applied: Psalm 23 (part 6)

“Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6)

The word “surely” in the Hebrew is אַךְ (’ak), and it is what is called an adverbial particle. Adverbial particles make a very strong positive assertion […]

Biblical Hebrew Applied: Psalm 23 (part 5)

“Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:5)

What this verse is saying, with regard to “fear” brought on by encountering the “valley of deep, emotional darkness,” is that even in the […]

Biblical Hebrew Applied: Psalm 23 (part 4)

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.”

As God enabled David to write this verse, it was not out of sitting in an academic circle of other […]

Biblical Hebrew Applied: Psalm 23 (Part 3)

Psalm 23:3: “He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

Two things that we immediately see in this verse is God’s sovereignty and His incredible grace and mercy toward us, His children.

He restores continually

The word for “He restores” in Hebrew is יְשֹׁובֵב […]

Biblical Hebrew Applied: Psalm 23 (part 2)

Psalm 23:2: “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.”

He makes me lie down… continually

One of the fascinating things about the Hebrew language is the explicit meaning of its verbs in picturing for us God’s sovereign care and intervention in our lives, and here is one […]

Biblical Hebrew Applied: Psalm 23 (part 1)


Many people today can quote Psalm 23 verbatim, having learned it as a child in Sunday School, or perhaps Vacation Bible School, or maybe even from their parents. But how many of us truly understand the deeper, spiritual truths contained in this Psalm? The following study is aimed at giving us a bit […]

An Inverview with Justin Alfred

On Wednesday, we delivered an exciting announcement, introducing our newest blog contributor, Justin Alfred. We thought it would be a great idea for you to get more acquainted with Justin, so we spent a moment with him and asked about his background, his studies, and his passions for Jesus, the Bible, and biblical languages. […]

Introducing a New Blog Contributor: Justin Alfred

This is a guest post by Jim Milligan, Executive Director of Blue Letter Bible.

Expanding the Blog for You

We are pleased to announce the expansion of the Blue Letter Bible Blog. We will be adding a section that deals with the original languages and how they can add richness to our understanding of […]