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There’s a long list of candidates for “most recognized” passages of The Message Bible. Eugene Peterson’s translation regularly turns the prism on overfamiliar verses of Scripture like this one, helping Bible readers to hear the words afresh. This is the task of every Bible translator, the contribution of every Bible translation.
But whether it’s Eugene or King James or someone else, we know that this is, and always has been, God talking. Good-hearted people work with fear and trembling (and to varying degrees of success) to handle God’s words carefully, to contribute their wordcraft to our discipleship. But God, the Translator of translators, is simultaneously bringing his message directly to our hearts: not by contemporary language or by the King’s English but by his Spirit.
Every Christian author—every follower of Christ—eventually reaches the point Job reached, worrying that “I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head” (Job 42:6). They (we) experience a holy panic alongside Isaiah: “Every word I’ve ever spoken is tainted—blasphemous even!” (Isaiah 6:4). Every author in this catalog has felt the weight of words that carry the burden of “Christian publishing.” Every author featured here has worried that their words are not enough, or too much.
If we listen carefully in such moments of holy self-doubt, we hear good news from God himself: “God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life . . . and place it before God.” NavPress resources are this kind of offering, laid down as an act of “reasonable service” (in the words of the King James). And God takes them up and puts them to use. Perhaps he’ll use them in your own everyday, ordinary life, “bring[ing] out the best of you, develop[ing] well-formed maturity in you” (Romans 12:2).
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