This post featuring Bible verses from the modern language version The Message was originally published over a year ago. I am reposting it today in honor of the author Eugene Peterson who passed away this week.
Proverbs 18 The Message (MSG)
Words Kill, Words Give Life
2 Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse;
all they do is run off at the mouth.
4 Many words rush along like rivers in flood,
but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.
6 The words of a fool start fights;
do him a favor and gag him.
7 Fools are undone by their big mouths;
their souls are crushed by their words.
8 Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy;
do you really want junk like that in your belly?
13 Answering before listening
is both stupid and rude.
15 Wise men and women are always learning,
always listening for fresh insights.
17 The first speech in a court case is always convincing—
until the cross-examination starts!
20 Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach;
good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest.
21 Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
Eugene Peterson- offered Words of Life
Eugene Peterson has completed his “long obedience in the same direction.”
The Presbyterian pastor, best known for authoring The Message Bible, died October 22 at age 85, a week after entering hospice care for complications related to heart failure and dementia.
About his death, Peterson said this,
“I have no idea how it’s going to work out. But I’m not afraid, I’ll tell you that.
I’ve been with a lot of people who are dying. I think those conversations are some of the best I’ve ever had. These are people who have lived a good life and who have embraced their faith. They’re not afraid.”
He was the author of more than 30 books, including the bestselling A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, where he explored discipleship and perseverance in the Christian life.