Some wonderful words from an unusual place

I am currently doing one of my read-throughs of the Bible during my devotional periods in the day and I am nearly finished with Deuteronomy.  Often books like Deuteronomy, Numbers, and Leviticus are seen as easy to skip over because of the seemingly countless numbers of laws and genealogies, but I have been finding them very engaging in this current read through as I am reading through using Peterson’s Message translation.  Today, I was reading in chapter 30 and came to these words in verses 11-16:

This commandment that I’m commanding you today isn’t too much for you, it’s not out of your reach. It’s not on a high mountain—you don’t have to get mountaineers to climb the peak and bring it down to your level and explain it before you can live it. And it’s not across the ocean—you don’t have to send sailors out to get it, bring it back, and then explain it before you can live it. No. The word is right here and now—as near as the tongue in your mouth, as near as the heart in your chest. Just do it!

Look at what I’ve done for you today: I’ve placed in front of you
Life and Good
Death and Evil.

And I command you today: Love God, your God. Walk in his ways. Keep his commandments, regulations, and rules so that you will live, really live, live exuberantly, blessed by God, your God, in the land you are about to enter and possess.

No commentary, just some words for the day today.

Categories: Scripture


  1. Well gosh, when you put it like that, it seems fairly obvious doesn’t it?

  2. That’s one of the things I love about The Message translation. Really brings things down to a really concrete level. I read the same passage just out of curiosity from the NRSV and The Message brings out a totally new sense of that passage for me. The NRSV is a wonderful translation, but I am finding that The Message has really spoken to me devotionally quite strongly recently.

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