It’s a good thing to sing praise to our God;
praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.
who regathers Israel’s scattered exiles.
and bandages their wounds.
and assigns each a name.
we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does.
and pushes the wicked into the ditch.
play music on your instruments to God,
preparing rain for the earth,
Then turning the mountains green with grass,
the size of our muscles means little to him.
they can depend on his strength.
Zion, praise your God!
he blessed your children among you.
he puts the best bread on your tables.
how swift and sure they come!
he scatters frost like ashes,
who can survive his winter?
he breathes on winter—suddenly it’s spring!
speaks words that work to Israel.
they never heard such commands.
About The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language
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.
Copyright 2005 Eugene H. Peterson.
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