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The Message Psalms

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  74 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Paraphrased by Peterson in easy-to-read modern English
4 1/8 x 6 1/8 % Font size: 9
Paperback, 199 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published March 31st 1994)
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Douglas Wilson
Peterson has done good work elsewhere, but this kind of thing is really problematic. The Psalms are one of the poetic glories of human civilization, but this rendering is just casual, breezy, and cliche-ridden. Like going to a reception at Buckingham Palace in gym shorts and flip flops.
Andy Hickman
Dec 30, 2016 Andy Hickman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The cries of lament are beautifully rephrased and the anger against injustice is expressed in vernacular that I can grasp and heartily agree with.

Psalm 4:7-8
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.

Psalm 9:9-10 
God’s a safe-house for the battered,
    a sanctuary during bad times.
The moment you arrive, you relax;
    you’re never sorry you knocked.

Psalm 10:14 
But you know all about it—
Gregory Johnston
Dec 29, 2016 Gregory Johnston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Bible reading plan had me go through the Psalms twice. From January to June, I used the HCB, and for July through December I used The Message. While this is a paraphrase, it is fascinating how Peterson takes a modern view and linguistic to ancient songs. In reading them, I heard a modern voice speaking about timeless issues, of hurt, abandonment, pain, joy, worship, and adoration. This year I will be reading through the New Testament multiple times, and the Message will be one of those times.
Tony Roberts
As I started reading Peterson's take on perhaps the greatest collection of poetry ever, I found the language to be unique and refreshing and satisfying. By the time I reached Psalm 72, I found it redundant and stale. I admire his thorough effort to dig into the Psalms and translate them into a modern vernacular. But, The Message does not express the invigorating Good News that other translations do so well.
P. Upshaw
Apr 29, 2016 P. Upshaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful GOD inspired Psalms

This Message translation of the Psalms showed them in a new way. They have always been some of my favorite verses, with the comfort of the 23rd, especially. The David psalms are even more understandable and beautiful in this translation. It has joined my daily devotionals and I hope to read and enjoy them again and again.
Jan 14, 2017 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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a strong and beautiful daily reading ... going to read proverbs next ... eugene peterson translates these biblical books into modern language and it does make a positive difference in how to understand them
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Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. For many years he was James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language a contemporary translation of t ...more
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