The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language
Eugene Peterson's The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language is a welcome way to read and reread one of the best-loved books of all time. It's directly translated from the Greek and Hebrew texts and is intentionally designed to be easy to read, rather than as a study Bible. Each of the 66 books of the Bible includes an introduction by Peterson, and there are no verse numbers to interrupt the flow of the passages.
As an illustration from the opening verses of the Book of Genesis:
First this: God created the Heavens and Earth--all you see; all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. -- Genesis 1:1