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The Message is very different from other Bibles.  Please see The Message – Verse Comparisons for a look at how it compares to the KJV, NASB, and ESV. Differences are to be expected because it was written with different goals in mind. The Message grew out of Eugene Peterson’s desire to make the Bible more approachable for new readers of the Bible and rekindle the passion of veteran readers. Unfortunately, it contains some serious changes that make it difficult to see some of the truth contained in God’s word.  I do not think it should be used from the pulpit or as the only source by anyone with a sincere desire to give God’s word the hearing it deserves. If you do choose to use it, please use it alongside of a more accurate translation.

Further Reading
Chapter 3 Ministries – A Creative But Inaccurate Message
Chapter 3 Ministries – Analysis Of The Message Bible: Justification and Sanctification
Chapter 3 Ministries – The Message Bible: Verse Comparisons
Bible Researcher – The Message
Study Your Bible Online – What about the Message Version?

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Thank you for taking this quiz. I hope you found it illuminating and that it will serve as a springboard to further study. Remember the sacrifices that were made and the work that was done to bring the precious gift of God’s word to English speaking people. Enjoy and read the Great Book often. It is too precious and too important to leave on the table or shelf… or in an unopened app. I thank God that through his word we can hear the gospel and come to the knowledge of him in Christ! To God be the glory! Amen!

Information about E-sword and Wycliffe Bible Translators

Free Bible Software
As promised, here is the information about free Bible software.  This software offers a lot of free resources and has some excellent features.  The software is  E-sword and can be found at  Once you download and install the program you’ll have access to a download area that will allow you to add on references.  It comes with the 1769 King James Version.  Additional free Bibles include the 1611 King James Version, the Bishops’ Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the English Standard Version.  There are also free commentaries and dictionaries and other study tools.  Additional resources are available for purchase. The program is not difficult to use and offers a very useful interface for Bible study.  I have used it for many years.

Bible Translating Organization
Wycliffe Bible Translators
“Wycliffe was founded in 1942 by William Cameron Townsend. A missionary to the Cakchiquel Indians of Guatemala, Townsend caught the vision for translation when Cakchiquel-speaking men expressed their concern that the Bible was not available to them in the language they understood clearly. As a result, Townsend resolved that every man, woman and child should be able to read God’s Word in their own language. Since its inception, Wycliffe has made great progress in Bible translation all around the world. To date, we have played a part in completing more than 700 Scripture translations.”
From the About page of Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Additional Relevant Sites
Website that allows you to “digitally turn the actual pages from books and Bibles”.* The Bibles are old and amazing to look at.
Internet Bible Catalog
“The Internet Bible Catalog is a web-based catalog of printed editions of the Bible.”*
*From the home page.

From Chapter 3 Ministries
Study Resources