What does the Great Commission have to do with mobile devices? More than you might think.
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a lotus blossom from the valley pools.
2 A lotus blossoming in a swamp of weeds—
that’s my dear friend among the girls in the village.
3–4 As an apricot tree stands out in the forest,
my lover stands above the young men in town.
All I want is to sit in his shade,
to taste and savor his delicious love.
but his eyes feasted on me!
Apricots, raisins—anything. I’m about to faint with love!
and his right arm encircles my waist!
by the gazelles, yes, by all the wild deer:
Don’t excite love, don’t stir it up,
until the time is ripe—and you’re ready.
Do you see him coming?
Vaulting the mountains,
leaping the hills.
like a young stag, virile.
Look at him there, on tiptoe at the gate,
all ears, all eyes—ready!
and he’s speaking to me!
10–14 Get up, my dear friend,
fair and beautiful lover—come to me!
the winter rains are over, gone!
The whole world’s a choir—and singing!
Spring warblers are filling the forest
with sweet arpeggios.
and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms.
Oh, get up, dear friend,
my fair and beautiful lover—come to me!
leave your seclusion, come out in the open.
Let me see your face,
let me hear your voice.
For your voice is soothing
and your face is ravishing.
15 Then you must protect me from the foxes,
foxes on the prowl,
Foxes who would like nothing better
than to get into our flowering garden.
Nightly he strolls in our garden,
Delighting in the flowers
Turn to me, dear lover.
Come like a gazelle.
Leap like a wild stag
on delectable mountains!
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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