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The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language (MSG)

, 2005

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Many people assume that a book about a holy God should sound elevated, stately, and ceremonial. If this is how you’ve always viewed the Bible, you’re about to make a surprising discovery. The Message brings the life-changing power of the New Testament, the vibrant passion of the Psalms, and the rich, practical wisdom of Proverbs into easy-to-read modern language that echoes the rhythm and idioms of the original Greek and Hebrew. Written in the same kind of language you’d use to talk with friends, write a letter, or discuss politics, The Message preserves the authentic, earthy flavor and the expressive character of the Bible’s best-loved books. Whether you’ve been reading the Bible for years or are exploring it for the first time, The Message will startle and surprise you. And it will allow you to experience firsthand the same power and directness that motivated its original readers to change the course of history so many centuries ago.

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Most Highlighted Verses in The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language

Psalm 37:40: God-strengthened, we’re delivered from evil— when we run to him, he saves us.

Matthew 5:48: “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”

Matthew 6:6: “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.

Romans 8:5–8: Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing.

1 Corinthians 10:13: No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

2 Corinthians 10:3–6: The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.

Ephesians 1:11–12: It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

Hebrews 11:6: It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

James 2:17: Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?

1 Peter 5:6–7: So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

  • Title: The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language
  • Author: Eugene H. Peterson
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Print Publication Date: 2005
  • Logos Release Date: 2006
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible › English
  • Resource ID: LLS:1.0.165
  • Resource Type: Bible
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T18:53:28Z

Eugene H. Peterson (1932–2018) was a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He wrote more than thirty books, including his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, his memoir, The Pastor, and numerous works of biblical spiritual formation, including Run with the Horses, also available in a commemorative edition. Peterson was founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for twenty-nine years before retiring in 1991. With degrees from Seattle Pacific, New York Theological Seminary, and Johns Hopkins University, he served as professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, until retiring in Lakeside, Montana, in 2006.


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  1. Raffaele Paglialunga
    Using this as your main Bible is a terrible idea. This is not a Bible Translation but more of a paraphrase.
  2. Chad W Smith

    Chad W Smith


    If this had been branded and sold as a commentary instead of a bible, I would be fine with it. But it's not. It is called a Bible. It is not a Bible. This is the word of a man, not the Word of God.
  3. Keith Allan Moore
    The Message is nothing more than a paraphrastic commentary and should not be marketed as a valid Bible translation. The author has taken great creative license with his "interpretation" and injected wildly liberal biases throughout, going so far as to add his own spin through the augmenting of words and phrases that are completely foreign to the original languages.
  4. Malcolm Hawkins
  5. Jim Talkington
    One of the most inaccurate "translations" out there. I used to use this until I began using various bible translation in parallel and realized how far off this book is. It is simply in left field on many main topics. I do not consider it worth having in my library. There are so many good translations. Holman, NASB, NIV, ESV. There is no need to use this misleading book.
  6. Johannes GM Richter
  7. Joshua



    I would prefer that this would be called a commentary, rather than a translation. A lot of opinion is added, while serious things are removed. Calling it a translation implies that the words in this book were intended by the original authors, which it most certainly was not. I think people would find more value if they understood it as 'Peterson's Commentary'
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