Read for Yourself

Reading the Bible, just reading. That's the first thing. Certainly to study the Bible is good and important, and there are many great Bible versions well suited to that task. But studying the Bible comes after, and never takes the place of, reading it. Simply read and listen.

The vivid language of The Message pierces the hearts of readers and compels them to recognize their own lives from a new perspective-God's perspective.


Hear the unexpected passion and personality that fills God's Word.

The Message is a reading Bible translated from the original Greek and Hebrew Scriptures by scholar, pastor, author, and poet Eugene Peterson. Thoroughly reviewed and approved by 20 biblical scholars, The Message combines the authority of God's Word with the cadence and energy of conversational English.

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