HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE

Introduction

Getting familiar with the Bible would be a good start. One way of doing that would be to read parts of it regularly. Few ways this can be done include:

  1. Set up a Bible reading plan. Easy to set this up at Bible Gateway
  2. Read through regular portions i.e. Chapter of Proverbs daily, 5 Chapters of Psalms daily etc

 

Verse Studies

1. Choose a verse

Take a verse you find interesting and study it in detail. e.g. 

  •  Although Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eyesight was not dim, nor his natural strength abated. Deuteronomy 34:7 AMP

2. Different versions

Now look at different versions of the same verse. Use mainline literal translations like NIV 1984, ESV, BSB, BLB, NKJV, NASB and AMP. Avoid paraphrases when doing a Bible Study as these are usually one person’s interpretations of the Bible.

  • Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak, and his vitality had not diminished. Deuteronomy 34:7 NASB
  • Although Moses was 120 years old when he died, his eyesight was not dim, nor had his vigor left him. Deuteronomy 34:7 BSB

3. Break down points

In the above verse we can see at least 3 different points:

  1. 120 years
  2. Eyes not weak
  3. Vitality not diminished
So in essence, Moses lived long, had good health and was full of energy respectively.

4. Detailed study

Try to find out other verses that pertain to each of these points. e.g. 

120 years

So essentially, Moses had a full life span. 

A useful resource to mention would be a Concordance which if you look at any word will show you where else the word appears in the Bible. See Concordance

At this point it may also be worthwhile going through the life history of Moses, most of which is recorded in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy as you would have found out from reading through the Bible as mentioned earlier.

5. Application

Ask yourself, how can I apply the above knowledge in my life?

  1. I can do the things that Moses did e.g. Keep regular Quiet Time
  2. I can pray that God do for me as he did for Moses as God shows No favouritism.