The prophets of the Old Testament weren’t particularly popular. Their messages—straight from God—made the people of their day very uncomfortable. When God spoke through his prophets, he didn’t pull punches. He told his people exactly what he thought of them, using images and language that were powerful, graphic, and sometimes shocking. And while the prophets proclaimed a message of comfort, they never compromised the truth in order to make people feel comfortable.
Eugene Peterson restores the passion and power of the prophets’ message to a generation that has become perhaps a bit too comfortable with God. The words of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Malachi, and others cut through our defenses, pierce our hardened hearts, and open our eyes to see ourselves as God sees us—and to see him as he really is. It’s not comfortable, but it is a message of great comfort.
More than six million readers have rediscovered the powerful, life-changing truths of the Scriptures through The Message, Peterson’s contemporary rendering of the New Testament. Translating directly from the original languages, he brings new life to the seemingly distant and dusty prophets of the Old Testament. God’s judgments and actions leap off the pages in such a way that we cannot escape the reality of his character and his passionate desire to be involved in our lives today.
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