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The Lord is my shepherd:
I have everything that I need.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside the still waters;
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me on the paths of righteousness,
so that I may serve him with love.
Though I walk through the darkest valley
or stand in the shadow of death,
I am not afraid,
for I know you are always with me.
You spread a full table before me,
even in times of great pain;
you feast me with your abundance
and honor me like a king,
anointing my head with sweet oil,
filling my cup to the brim.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in God's radiance
forever and ever.
1 (Mark 1:9-13)
And at that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
And afterward the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness for forty days, with the wild animals.