Written down so we'll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it's going;
A manual for living, for learning what's right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There's something here also for seasoned men and women,
still a thing or two for the experienced to learn - Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women. Start with God
Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you learned at your mother's knee.
Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers.
Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you, don't go along with them.
If they say - "Let's go out and raise some hell. Let's beat up some old man, mug some old woman.
Let's pick them clean and get them ready for their funerals.
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)