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Bible Lyricization Project

Bible Lyricization Project by Rockmaster

Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)

Almost any Bible verse can be lyricized.

Let’s use Psalm 23 as an example.

Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me 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; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Step 1 (Scansion) Mark the accented syllables

Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)

             ‘                    ‘                     ‘                ‘
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
          ‘                        ‘                 ‘               ‘  
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

      ‘                          ‘              ‘  

he leadeth me beside the still waters.
‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
3 He re-storeth my soul: he leadeth me 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; thy
‘ ‘
rod and thy staff they comfort me.
‘ ‘ ‘
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my

cup runneth over.
‘ ‘
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

for ever.

Step 2 Break it down into meters  (musical measures)

Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)

23                               The              Pickup
'                   
Lord is my                                        1
'
shepherd;                                         2

    I   shall not                                 3

want.   2 He                                      4                            
'                       
maketh me to                                      5

lie down                                          6                        
'              '
    in green                                      7

pastures:                   he                    8

                                 
'                       
leadeth me beside the                            9               
'            
      still waters.                              10                    
    '                          
3 He restoreth my                                11                          
'
soul:                                he          12            
'             
leadeth me in the paths of                       13
'
righteousness                                    14
'            
    for his name's                               15                 
'
sake.                                            16     
                                             

Middle Section  

'                 ' 
4       Yea, though I                            17
'                 '
walk               through the                   18
'                     '
valley of the shadow of                          19
'               '
death,                                           20  
'                      '
I will fear no evil: for                         21
'                       '
thou art with me; thy                            22
'                   ' 
rod and thy staff they                           23
'             '
comfort me.                                      24


   '                    '
5 Thou preparest a                              25
'             '
table before me                                 26
'
    in the presence of                          27

mine enemies: thou                              28
   '                    '                '
a-nointest my head with                         29

oil;                                            30
'            '
my cup runneth                                  31

over.                                           32


               '                      '                 
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall               33
 '          '     
follow me                                       34
'           '           '
all the days of                                 35
'              '
my life:       and                              36
'          '
I will dwell in the                             37
'                    '
house of the Lord                               38
'        '           
              for                               39
'
ever.                                           40

King James Version (KJV)



Step 3 Add the melody

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