14 “I am the good shepherd;(A) I know my sheep(B) and my sheep know me—

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Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd,(A) I lack nothing.(B)

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11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:(A)
    He gathers the lambs in his arms(B)
and carries them close to his heart;(C)
    he gently leads(D) those that have young.(E)

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11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep(A) and look after them. 12 As a shepherd(B) looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.(C) 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather(D) them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land.(E) I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.(F) 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel(G) will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture(H) on the mountains of Israel.(I) 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down,(J) declares the Sovereign Lord.(K) 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up(L) the injured and strengthen the weak,(M) but the sleek and the strong I will destroy.(N) I will shepherd the flock with justice.(O)

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23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend(A) them; he will tend them and be their shepherd.(B)

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“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’[a](A)

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  1. Matthew 2:6 Micah 5:2,4
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32 “Do not be afraid,(A) little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.(B)

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Benediction and Final Greetings

20 Now may the God of peace,(A) who through the blood of the eternal covenant(B) brought back from the dead(C) our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,(D)

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25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[a](A) but now you have returned to the Shepherd(B) and Overseer of your souls.(C)

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  1. 1 Peter 2:25 Isaiah 53:4,5,6 (see Septuagint)
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And when the Chief Shepherd(A) appears, you will receive the crown of glory(B) that will never fade away.(C)

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17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
    will be their shepherd;(A)
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[a](B)
    ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’[b](C)

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  1. Revelation 7:17 Isaiah 49:10
  2. Revelation 7:17 Isaiah 25:8
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