September 08, 2011

The Beatitudes: Improved

To be honest, I read the Bible much much less than I should be. But of all the versions that I've come across, I love the Message the best. The Message was paraphrased by Eugene Peterson, who wrote in such a way that every verse is so simple and straightforward. Not just the absence of 'Thee's' and 'Thou's' and every other word ending with'-eth' but an entirely new format/style that makes everything so much clearer. Last Saturday in church, I read the Beatitudes in this version and it was so beautiful that I'd like to share it here.

You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

You're blessed when you're content with just who you are—no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought.

You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.

You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for.

You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.

You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.

Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

(found in Matthew 5:3-12 msg)

Compare it with the more familiar version of this in the King James version and you'll understand what I mean- read here. The KJV is the version that many children, including myself were/are taught to memorize  But its the Message version that actually changes my understanding to something less superficial.

If you're one of those who needs a version that speaks deeper, this is the one for you- The Message.

1 comment:

shraddha said...