Stephen Mitchell has had a profound influence on my life. His book "The Gospel According to Jesus" opened my heart in a way that few books have done. His translations of the Psalms are equally beautiful. You may not recognize them if you have been steeped in the King James version of the Bible, but I hope that you will be "delighted" by them.

Psalm 1

Blessed are the man and the woman
who have grown beyond their greed
and have put an end to their hatred
and no longer nourish illusions.
But they delight in the way things are
and keep their hearts open, day and night.
They are like trees planted near flowing rivers,
which bear fruit when they are ready.
Their leaves will not fall or wither.
Everything they do will succeed.

Translation by Stephen Mitchell

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