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by Eugene H. Peterson (Translator)


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The Message is a reading Bible translated from the original Greek and Hebrew Scriptures by scholar, pastor, author, and poet Eugene Peterson. Thoroughly reviewed and approved by twenty biblical scholars, The Message combines the authority of God’s Word with the cadence and energy of conversational English.

What makes The Message the best reading Bible? Discover for yourself.

  • Feel the impact of a Bible translated into conversational English.
  • Enjoy the familiar one-column design, like books you’re used to.
  • Find passages with The Message’s unique verse-numbered paragraphs.
  • See the big picture with “The Story of the Bible in Five Acts,” alongside handcrafted timelines and charts.
  • Keep your place with a satin ribbon marker.
Come and delight in the unexpected passion and personality that fill God’s Word.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781576839164
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 09/08/2005
Pages: 1728
Sales rank: 200,365
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, writer, and poet. After teaching at a seminary and then giving nearly 30 years to church ministry in the Baltimore area, he created The Message-a vibrant Bible paraphrase that connects with today's readers like no other.

It took him a full 10 years to complete. He worked not from any English text but from the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek manuscripts, to guarantee authenticity. At the same time, his ear was always tuned to the cadence and energy of contemporary English.

Peterson and his wife, Jan, now live in his native Montana. They are the parents of three and the grandparents of six.

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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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The Message Full Size (Hardcover, Navy) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
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!
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.
Troy70 More than 1 year ago
Very good bible and very readable. Written in the words we use today, I love it!
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.
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Enjoy using this for everyday reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This translation makes Bible reading easy and undestandable. The modern day language is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Message is easy to read compared to the KJV. Must have!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much.
trudi2 More than 1 year ago
Don't like the writing style, language is a little harsh, If I could return it I would. Tried to go to chapters it won't load them, get nothing. Seems extremly hard to navigate. Read a hard copy first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting version of the Bible. Some passages are excellently done. A little too modern for me, but if that is how you feel comfortable reading the Word, then this is for you.