"Well, you've certainly been a great help to a helpless man! You came to the rescue just in the nick of time!
What wonderful advice you've given to a mixed-up man! What amazing insights you've provided!
Where in the world did you learn all this? How did you become so inspired?
"All the buried dead are in torment, and all who've been drowned in the deep, deep sea.
Hell is ripped open before God, graveyards dug up and exposed.
He spreads the skies over unformed space, hangs the earth out in empty space.
He pours water into cumulus cloud-bags and the bags don't burst.
He makes the moon wax and wane, putting it through its phases.
He draws the horizon out over the ocean, sets a boundary between light and darkness.
Thunder crashes and rumbles in the skies. Listen! It's God raising his voice!
By his power he stills sea storms, by his wisdom he tames sea monsters.
With one breath he clears the sky, with one finger he crushes the sea serpent.
And this is only the beginning, a mere whisper of his rule. Whatever would we do if he really raised his voice!"
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)