How to study the Bible
How to study the Bible is very important. The wrong way in studying will lead to wrong views and doctrines. It is important that we used the King James Version. This is because there are certain ways in which to study and this can only be done with the King James Version. There are numerous ways to study the Bible. First, read the Bible through continously. Try to read it through in a year and then carry on reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, even if it takes longer. This helps to become familiar with the stories and also helps to get a whole picture of the Word of God. Start in the book of Genesis as this is the beginning.
To get "weaned from the milk", the next step is to go from Scripture to Scripture as Isaiah says:
Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
To do this effectively, we need to use what is called, "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". Here is "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Enhanched".
Take for example the above Scripture, Isaiah 28:10. The TSK will have Scripture referances to say Isaiah 28:13, 5:4; Deuteronomy 6:1-6; 2 Chronicles 36:15-16 etc. What you will do is go to each one of these texts and see which ones follow the theme you are studying. So if we go to Isaiah 28:13
Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
We get the same understanding that we had in verse 10. We don't get what we are looking for in Isaiah 5:4
Isaiah 5:4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
As you can see that this verse has nothing to do with our theme. You carry on going through all the referances for verse 10. Write down the verses that pretain to your study and then do the same with these verses. This gives a comprehensive study on the theme that you are studying.
Most Bibles have their own form of TSK. Either in a middle column, or just after the verse. These are not as comprehensive as the "The Treasury of Scripture knowledge, Enhanced", but it is a start to study the Bible if you don't have these other resources. Here is an example of a Bible that has this.
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Another way is with a concordance. Here you would take a word and then look up all the texts that the word is in. Here is an example of this.
When using a concordance the Hebrew and Greek numbers are located at the side of the text. By going to the Hebrew or Greek index, search for the number to find out the meaning of the word. Here is an example of looking up the Hebrew and Greek number.
An example of finding the meaning of the Hebrew word.
An example of finding the meaning of the Greek word.
What is "margin" all about?
When reading some Bible studies or books, articles etc. refering to Bible quotes. They sometimes refer to "margin". What is this all about? Some Bibles have this "margin" in them. This is when another word could have been used instead of the one that was used. This word in the "margin" can be used to replace the original word used. Here is and example of "margin" been used in a Bible.
Another example from a different Bible.
The Key of David
God has placed words in the Bible that are symbolic in meaning and that have a different word that they can be replaced with. This is a lot more involved as some words are defined in the same verse, some are not.
An example of this is in Numbers and Ezekiel.
Numbers 14:34 "After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise."
Ezekiel 4:6 "And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year."
Using a day for a year explains the prophecies in Daniel and Revelation a lot bettter.
Here is a document for the Key of David. It still has a lot that can be added to it. Nevertheless it is a good start to help define certain words in the Bible to get a better understanding of the parables and certain prophecies.
Software that we use is SwordSearcher. Software helps a lot in quickly getting to the verses that you want to find. SwordSearcher also has a TSK built in that helps to go quickly to the verses that are connected to the verses that you are reading. The Greek and Hebrew dictionaries are also built in so this makes it easy to find the definition of the words. They are just a click away! It makes studying the Bible much quicker. We would suggest that you invest in one Bible software program to help in your Bible studies. You can click on the link at the bottom of the page to get SwordSearcher and to learn more about this program. (We don't get any commission for doing this. It is to help you in your studies. Not to make money selling you software!)
E-Sword is a free software program that can be used as well.