How To Read The Bible

Do you understand your Bible when you read it? To be able to read and understand the Holy Bible is the greatest need of modern man. the following will help us to that end:

  1. Read it often. “Blessed is the man that delights in the law of Jehovah and meditates on it day and night, Ps 1:2.
  2. Read it slowly. “Everyone that is hasty hasteth only to want”, Prov 21:5.
  3. Read it regularly. “These words, which I command thee…shall be upon thy heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up”, Deut 6:6-7.
  4. Read it earnestly. “Therefore, we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away from them”, Heb. 2:1.
  5. Read it persistently. “Give heed to reading… Be diligent in these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy progress may be manifest… Continue in these things”, 1 Tim 4:13-16.
  6. Read the words by Finding Out Their Meaning… use a dictionary.
  7. Read the thought by Grasping the Author’s Meaning. The inspired writers “combined spiritual things with spiritual words”, 1 Cor. 2:13.
  8. Read it progressively in its natural order and sequence.
  9. Read it naturally as you would any other book, ancient or modern.
  10. Read but a little at a time, fixing each thought in your mind, till you comprehend it and make it yours. “Therefore, shall the word of Jehovah be unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little;” Is. 28:13.
  11. Read with a prayerful heart, A teachable Mind and a Broken and Contrite Spirit. “To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembleth at my word”, Is. 66:2.
  12. Read it remembering that Dangerous Errors Grow Out of Imperfect and One-sided Views of Things. “Take heed how ye hear”, Luke 8:18. We must seek “the whole counsel of God”, Acts 20:27.
  13. Read each passage as if it was the only one, and then read it again in relation to the stupendous whole. Some who take a verse from its setting, or fail to consult the whole composite of teaching on the subject “Wrest the scriptures unto their own destruction”, 2 Pet 3:16. Taking separate verse by themselves, the Bible can be forced to teach most anything!
  14. Read, remembering that all Truth is Harmonious and that God being its author, will, at last, make it plain to you, “If any man willeth to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God…”, John 7:17.
  15. Read asking yourself: (1) Who wrote this? (2) When did he write? (3) Why did he write? (4) For whom did he write?
  16. Read it remembering there are Two Testaments: an old and new, Heb 8:6, 13. We must always rightly divide the word of truth, 2 Tim 2:15. The Old is the New Testament concealed. The New is the Old Testament revealed.
  17. Read it, not to store your mind with “arguments” or to teach others, but to feed yourself, to enlighten yourself in the ways of God. As did young Samuel, say, “Speak Lord, thy servant heareth” 1 Sam. 3:9.
  18. Read it, feeling that the promises of God are not for some other people or age, but you now; bring yourself face to face with God and His Truth. “Whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises..”, 2 Pet 1:4.
  19. Read it comparing Scripture with Scripture. Like the Bereans, search the scriptures to see if these things are so, Acts 17:11.
  20. Read it resisting the Devil, remembering he is always ready to catch the word out of your heart”, Jas 4:7; Matt 13:19.
  21. Read it forcing your faith out on The Promises of God. We must “walk by faith, not by sight”, 2 Cor 5:7.
  22. Read it endeavoring to see with the eye of those who took part in or witnessed the scene protrayed. Remember those things were written for our learning, Rom 15:4.
  23. Read it determined to obey from the heart…from that moment on, all you have learned. “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves”, Jas 1:22.

(The above suggestions were set forth by Ashley Johnson in his book “Ten Lessons in How to Read, How to Understand, and How to Remember the Bible,” printed in 1903. To them John Waddey added the last scripture thoughts included.)


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