Clergy Corner: David and the Vale of Shadow

The original Hebrew word is somewhat rare in scripture,and its meaning as dark and elusive as the idea it vaguely connotes Photo courtesy of Michael FalgoutPastor Michael Falgout strikes a pose with his family. ■ By Michael Falgout / Contributed The twenty-third Psalm contains one of the most hauntingly beautiful and memorable verses in all of sacred scripture: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). But before it was ours, the Psalm itself tells us, this verse belonged to David (Psalm 23:1). And David spoke, wrote,

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