West from Jericho on the way up to Jerusalem, one passes by a beautiful mountainous area in the Judean Desert.  This is the location of the Valley of the Shadow of Death, the place traditionally believed to be where King David wrote this well known Psalm  23:

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The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.  In green pastures he makes me lie down; to still waters he leads me; he restores my soul.  He guides me along right paths for the sake of his name.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.  You set a table before me in front of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord for endless days.



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