Utilize different Versions
My bible is the ESV version and I love it. But sometimes I read a passage and don’t quite understand what it means. So I will look up the passage on Biblehub or Youversion and read it in the Message version, New living translation or New International Version. These translations simplify the text. When you see the the different versions, you can compare and contrast and see what theme is really shining through. Sometimes all you need is to read it in a slightly different way for it to click. If you don’t have a bible yet, I recommend starting with a version that is intentionally written for comprehension. This means it may not be as “Accurate”, meaning not as literal but the message will translate better.
This has been the one thing that really transformed my understanding of scripture. There are commentary books available I am sure, but I usually type something this into google “Matthew 6:33 commentary” and a slew of sites pop up. Commentaries are written by people who have studied scripture extensively. They provide insight into what the original authors of the passage were intending to say based on language, time period and overall context. Matthew Henry is probably my favorite commentary to read but there are countless others. Take your time and peruse their thoughts. I have found much understanding from commentaries!
Pricilla Shirer talks about the 5 P’s of Bible study. Watch this five minute video! But one thing she encourages people to do is to write out the scripture in their own words. I love doing this!!! I will take one verse and summarize it. I will write down what I think God wants me to get out of it and how/where I can apply it to my life. It helps me not to just read scripture but LIVE scripture. Because that is the whole purpose of studying the word- To help us line our lives up with His word. And, once it is written down, I am more likely to remember it and can always come back to it should I need it.
Val Marie Paper Prayer Journals
Natalie Met Lewis Bible Study highlighter plan
The Daily Grace Co Tools
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