Psalm 22.  Dominus regit me

Host and Good Shepherd

This Psalm, one of the loveliest in the Psalter, expresses our undying trust in God under the image of the Good Shepherd and the hospitable Host.  David sang this lyric in remembrance of his life as a shepherd.

The Lord is my Shepherd

Dóminus regit me, et nihil mihi déerit: *  in loco páscuæ ibi me collocávit.
2  Super aquam refectiónis educávit me: * ánimam meam convértit.
3  Dedúxit me super sémitas justítiæ: * propter nomen suum.
4  Nam, et si ambulávero in médio umbræ mortis, non timébo mala: * quóniam tu mecum es.
5  Virga tua, et báculus tuus: * ipsa me consoláta sunt.

The Lord is my shepherd, and I shall want nothing : * he hath set me in a green pasture.
2  He hath led me forth beside the waters of comfort : * he hath converted my soul.
3  He hath brought me forth in the paths of righteousness * for his Name's sake.
4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; * for thou art with me.
5  Thy rod and thy staff, * they have comforted me.

The Lord is my Host

6  Parásti in conspéctu meo mensam, * advérsus eos, qui tríbulant me.
7  Impinguásti in óleo caput meum: * et calix meus inébrians quam præclárus est!
8  Et misericórdia tua subsequétur me * ómnibus diébus vitæ meæ. 
9  Et ut inhábitem in domo Dómini, * in longitúdinem diérum.

6  Thou hast prepared a table before me * in the presence of them that trouble me.
7  Thou hast anointed my head with oil : * and my cup which inebriateth me, how goodly it is.
8  And thy mercy shall follow me * all the days of my life.
9  And I will dwell in the house of the Lord * unto length of days.