I ran across this version of the Bible (The Voice) a few days ago. Reminds me of The Message, talking to its readers as children, perhaps for children.
Some commentary from it:
The contrast between God and humanity could not be starker. The teacher drives this point home by reminding his reader that human lives and earthly accomplishments are fleeting. Nothing tangible is permanent. No work lasts. It all slips away and vanishes into thin air. Compare that to God. Everything God does is substantial. Everything God accomplishes lasts forever. Every word God speaks makes a difference. And so, God places within every person a sense of eternity to know yet not understand Him. This world with all its goodness and beauty is not as good as it gets. There is more, so much more, and we are made for that reality too. But not now, not yet.
Basically, why learn anything, you won't be remembered for it. A book teaching its follows, basically, to be stupid because either way they gain nothing so why work to be smart, or wise, or anything. Hell, if I were a child being taught this passage in school, I'd leave. Not because I disagree (or agree) with it but because I'm being taught: what does it matter?
For the commentary of Matthew 10:34:
Jesus calls His disciples to a radical commitment. Those who truly follow Jesus must be willing to follow Him to the point of death, just as He will later die for His commitment to God and others. Thus, whether they die literally or figuratively, His followers give up their lives for Him.
But the thing is: that's not what says, except for the "radical" part. Soldiers obey their commanders, protect their fellow soldiers, and at the same time themselves yet are willing to risk their lives for all and they didn't have to hate anyone because of such a stance nor love anyone less.
Yet, Christians have to hate everyone, including themselves, and give their life and others for the love of one man or one god.
These versions of the Bible are either becoming more diluted or more radical in their interpretations. I don't know which, perhaps both.