The Good Book–Can You Make It Better?

Anyone else read The Purpose Driven ™ Life and have some questions about some of the Scripture quotations? They come from Eugene H. Peterson’s version called The Message. For the curious, here are a couple notable passages not quoted in the book:

Matthew 6: 9-13

“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'” (ESV)

“With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.'” (The Message)

Ephesians 2: 8-10

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (ESV)

“Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we did the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” (The Message)

Romans 1:17

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.'” (ESV)

“God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: ‘The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.'” (The Message)

Critics of the NIV can probably ease up on it a little bit.

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2 Responses to The Good Book–Can You Make It Better?

  1. Sean says:

    comparing the message translations is a favorite game of mine. I had never looked up the Lord’s Prayer though. I’m kind of surprised that there weren’t any “i just”s in it.

  2. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
    “‘Our Father in heaven,
    Reveal who you are.
    Set the world right;
    Do what’s best—
    as above, so below.
    Keep us alive with three square meals.
    Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
    Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
    You’re in charge!
    You can do anything you want!
    You’re ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.'” (The Message)

    Perhaps we can send this version to our beloved Synod Prez.

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