Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Proverbs From The Message
Proverbs are profound, quick words of wisdom that help guide our thoughts and actions. I believe Jesus, the Living Word of God, read the Proverbs and showed us what they looked like fulfilled in a life.
Today I read them from an English version of the Bible that I have never used with Proverbs before. I usually read from the New International Version(NIV). But today I read from a paraphrase version of Scripture, The Message(MSG). The Message helped me see these words I have read dozens of times in a brand new way. They jumped off the page.
Eugene Peterson, the author of The Message translation, is a biblical scholar and genius. I highly recommend his translation of the Scriptures, especially Proverbs. Here is a comparison of a few verses from the NIV and the MSG versions. See how they jump. I think so anyway.
What do you think?
What versions do you recommend?
NIV Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.
MSG Don’t respond to the stupidity of a fool; you’ll only look foolish yourself.
NIV Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
MSG You grab a mad dog by the ears when you butt into a quarrel that’s none of your business
NIV The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
MSG Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you want junk like that in your belly?