The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language

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The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene H. Peterson

Eugene H. Peterson wrote The Message in contemporary language that uses the words and phrases you might say when talking with a good friend. When paired with your favorite Bible study, The Message will deliver a reading experience that is reliable, energetic, and amazingly fresh.

This top-selling, padded blue Message hardback is popular to give as a gift.

Trim size: 6 x 9 3/16
Tyndale House Publishers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781576836736
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 09/21/2005
Series: Quiet Times for the Heart Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1728
Sales rank: 628,238
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

EUGENE H. PETERSON is a writer, poet, and retired pastor. He has authored more than thirty-four books (not including The Message). He is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Eugene also founded Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he ministered for twenty-nine years. After teaching at a seminary, he created The Message, a vibrant Bible paraphrase that connects with today's readers like no other.

It took Peterson ten years to complete. He worked not from any English text but from the original Hebrew and Greek texts to guarantee authenticity. At the same time, his ear was always tuned to the cadence and energy of the English spoken every day on the streets. He lives with his wife, Jan, in Montana.

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The Message

The Bible in Contemporary Language
By Eugene H. Peterson

Navpress Publishing Group

Copyright © 2002 Eugene H. Peterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1576832740

Chapter One



How well God must like you- you don't hang out at Sin Saloon, you don't slink along Dead-End Road, you don't go to Smart-Mouth College.

Instead you thrill to God's Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You're a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom.

You're not at all like the wicked, who are mere windblown dust- Without defense in court, unfit company for innocent people.

God charts the road you take. The road they take is Skid Row.


Why the big noise, nations? Why the mean plots, peoples? Earth-leaders push for position, Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks, The God-deniers, the Messiah-defiers: "Let's get free of God!

Cast loose from Messiah!" Heaven-throned God breaks out laughing. At first he's amused at their presumption; Then he gets good and angry. Furiously, he shuts them up: "Don't you know there's a King in Zion? A coronation banquet Is spread for him on the holy summit."

Let me tell you what God said next. He said, "You're my son, And today is your birthday. What do you want? Name it: Nations as a present? continents as a prize? You can command them all to dance for you, Or throw them out with tomorrow's trash."

So, rebel-kings, use your heads; Upstart-judges, learn your lesson: Worship God in adoring embrace, Celebrate in trembling awe. Kiss Messiah! Your very lives are in danger, you know; His anger is about to explode, But if you make a run for God-you won't regret it!


A David psalm, when he escaped for his life from Absalom, his son.

God! Look! Enemies past counting! Enemies sprouting like mushrooms, Mobs of them all around me, roaring their mockery: "Hah! No help for him from God!"

But you, God, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high; With all my might I shout up to God, His answers thunder from the holy mountain.

I stretch myself out. I sleep. Then I'm up again-rested, tall and steady, Fearless before the enemy mobs Coming at me from all sides.

Up, God! My God, help me! Slap their faces, First this cheek, then the other, Your fist hard in their teeth!

Real help comes from God. Your blessing clothes your people!


A David psalm

When I call, give me answers. God, take my side! Once, in a tight place, you gave me room; Now I'm in trouble again: grace me! hear me!

You rabble-how long do I put up with your scorn? How long will you lust after lies? How long will you live crazed by illusion?

Look at this: look Who got picked by God! He listens the split second I call to him.

Complain if you must, but don't lash out. Keep your mouth shut, and let your heart do the talking. Build your case before God and wait for his verdict.

Why is everyone hungry for more? "More, more," they say. "More, more." I have God's more-than-enough, More joy in one ordinary day

Than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day's end I'm ready for sound sleep, For you, God, have put my life back together.


A David psalm

Listen, God! Please, pay attention! Can you make sense of these ramblings, my groans and cries? King-God, I need your help. Every morning you'll hear me at it again. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend.

You don't socialize with Wicked, or invite Evil over as your houseguest. Hot-Air-Boaster collapses in front of you; you shake your head over Mischief-Maker. God destroys Lie-Speaker; Blood-Thirsty and Truth-Bender disgust you.

And here I am, your invited guest- it's incredible! I enter your house; here I am, prostrate in your inner sanctum, Waiting for directions to get me safely through enemy lines.

Every word they speak is a land mine; their lungs breathe out poison gas. Their throats are gaping graves, their tongues slick as mud slides. Pile on the guilt, God! Let their so-called wisdom wreck them. Kick them out! They've had their chance.

But you'll welcome us with open arms when we run for cover to you. Let the party last all night! Stand guard over our celebration. You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers, for decking us out in delight.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
difficult to move to a book of the Bible. The Contents only gives you the option to go to the start of the Old Testament or the start of the New Testament. You can't jump directly to the start of the Gospel of John, for example, from the Contents screen.
Emily Ward More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Bible, but difficult navigation. Bummer...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont think this book is ready, maybe its not for the version of nook I cannot search the books of the bible by chapter or verse. The free nookbooks -Psalms and Proverbs were much better. Disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The contents gives direct access to he book but not the chapter. That makes books like Psalms problematic. To overcome requires use of the slider and an estimate of the page number of the chapter you are looking for. Other books like the minor prophets are no big deal. I do like the introductions.
rhh More than 1 year ago
The Message Bible is one that no Christian should be without. It is straight to the point and I LOVE IT! Wish that you could type in the name of the book and verse to go directly to the passage of scripture without the scrolling. Other than that it is the Book to Have! RHH
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This version of The Bible is by far the most amazing and understandable version I have ever read. I'm using this version to read daily page by page, beginning to end. The wording of this version is so punctual and straight forward its like listening to a friend. As I read I can highlight powerful passages and add a note to the passage of what God speaks to me and easily find all my noted passages. Best $10.00 I ever spent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This version of the Bible is a real life application in simple and plain language that makes The Word relevant and less complicated. I own several translations of the Bible and use this at times to help "decipher" challenging verses, to help make me understand a "today" application.This is a great translation for new Christians, skeptics, and any Bible Scholar!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the regular Bible last year,I find this to be teaching me things I had not picked up on last year or before, I find it very interesting.
Tacki1 More than 1 year ago
Fairly easy to use; but takes a bit of geeting used to switching from Book to Book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just bought it and was expecting the worst. You can now access any book in the Bible then page to your chapter and verse. I have a Nook and love this version of the Message on it. Enjoy.
Ruth Hild More than 1 year ago
Not easy to use Can not get to book of the bible or chapters easily Need to have bible app
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find this a way to enjoy reading the Bible (not for a study of the Bible)for my own enjoyment. It flows and speaks in the language of today. Proverbs is especially a delight to read and makes it so understandable for me.
pastormam More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed using a hard copy of Peterson's paraphrase and am now enjoying this e-version. Undoubtedly, the versification/numbering of this edition is helpful. Enjoy!
Terry Floyd More than 1 year ago
I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes the Word of God easy to understand and relevant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike negative reviews from other people, I can jump to any book (such as Daniel, James, etc.).
BunBunLF More than 1 year ago
It's fine for me as my goal is to read thru the whole bible in order. However if I want to go to John 3:16, I have to start at New Testament and page, page, page thru. Unless I am missing how to get to specific chapters. Oh, you could try a search of John and you may get to the book of John them page, page, page. It is not a user friendly bible to navigate. Works OK for a chapter by chapter read.
Kellie-Ann Davis More than 1 year ago
Great Bible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love being able to look up the exact passage. I also like the light weight of this Bible as compared to the original version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written in a way that I can understand and easy to apply to my everyday life. I have ordered these in small paperback editions and given them to my friends. It will change your view of the Bible and teach you more every time you read a part of it. It is my guide to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The words in The Message are translated so well, this is a great tool to learn from and build on your relationship with God.
Troy70 More than 1 year ago
Very good bible and very readable. Written in the words we use today, I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just as recommended. I also saved on S/H. B/n you never disappoint me.
English_Privateer More than 1 year ago
The Message is a Bible written for folks today. It is a very easy read and is in language that people of this century can comprehend. I highly recommend this Bible and I believe that you will like it as much as I do.
IMIHS More than 1 year ago
I wish I had known about The Message Bible a long time ago. It is written in the language of today and is so easy to understand. It reads like a novel and I have a hard time putting it down. I love it!