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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 exist because it was written using a different approach and with different goals in mind. The Message grew out of the author’s (Eugene Peterson) desire to make the Bible more approachable for new readers of the Bible and to rekindle the passion of veteran readers. Unfortunately, the approach that was taken produced a version with major problems. There are numerous times when the words and phrases in The Message are so different from the originals that it is difficult to see some of the truth contained in God’s word. I do not think it should be used from the pulpit or by anyone that has a sincere desire to give God’s word the hearing it deserves. If you do choose to use it, please use it alongside an accurate translation.

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

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Thank you for doing this study. I hope you found it illuminating and that it will serve as a springboard to further investigation into this and other topics of church history. 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 Jesus! To God be the glory! Amen!

Information about E-sword and Wycliffe Bible Translators

Free Bible Software
e-Sword
As promised, here is the information about free Bible software.  The e-sword software offers a lot of free resources and has some excellent features.  The software can be found at e-sword.net.  Once you download and install the program you’ll have access to a download area that will allow you to add on Bibles and 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 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
Bibles-online.net
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
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