Knowing how to understand the Bible is essential if you want to start following what’s in it. I know for many people that reading the Bible can be an overwhelming task. I often here that people do not like reading the Bible because they do not understand it or because they do not like to read. I used to be one of those people who use to read twenty pages of the Bible in the Old King James version and then wonder why I did not know what in the world I just reading.
When I finally learned how to read the Bible properly, I found that it was one of the most enjoyable things that I like to do know, I was amazed and how much I got to understand the history of mankind, and how I felt closer to God. For these reasons, I feel that it is important for everyone to read the Bible and seek to understand it for themselves. Going to church and hearing someone preaching on the Bible is great. But actually know how to understand the Bible on your own is even better. Knowing how to understand the Bible for yourself allows God to reveal to you, what information you need to soak in that relate solely to you and your situation. That is done by the Holy Spirit (click here to read more on that).
How To Understand The Bible Tip 1: Get A Bible That You Understand.
Unless you want to read, a bunch of art thou and come-hithers then you may be confused about what it is that you are a reading. But lucky for you, there are normal version that come in plain ole good on fashion English that you can understand. The first step to reading the Bible is understanding what is being written. Some of the versions that I suggest are:
New international version bible (NIV)
The NIV is the most widely used contemporary English Bible.
- The Holy Bible: The New International Version
- NIV Study Bible
- NIV, Thinline Bible, Large Print, Imitation Leather, Purple, Red Letter Edition
- NIV, Student Bible, Paperback
Easy to read version
The Easy-to-Read Version accurately expresses the full meaning of the original Bible text in a style that is clear and easy to understand. It is especially useful for children or those who are learning English as a second language. This translation was designed to help anyone overcome the most common difficulties in reading and understanding the Bible.
- Holy Bible: Easy-to-Read Version
- Bible: Easy to Read – Simple English Version
- Holy Bible – Large Print – Easy to Read Version
The Amplified Bible attempts to take both word meaning and context into account in order to accurately translate the original text from one language into another. The Amplified Bible does this through the use of explanatory alternate readings and amplifications to assist the reader in understanding what Scripture really says.
- Amplified Bible Mass Market
- The Everyday Life Bible: The Power of God’s Word for Everyday Living, Amplified Version
- The Amplified Bible: Old and New Testaments, Expanded Edition
These three are just to name a few. Once you understand what is being said it will make your Bible reading experience much better.
How To Understand The Bible Tip 2: If you do not like to read, you can listen
If you do not like to read, you can listen to the Bible. And you can do it for free! My favorite app is called the Bible app. The Bible app has tons and tons of translations so you can read the Bible in whatever version you want. In addition, you can actually chose to have someone read it to you. Which brings me to my next point.
How To Understand The Bible Tip 3: When You don’t have enough time
Remember that Bible app I mentioned to you. If you are in your car at the gym or anywhere, where you can plug in some headphones, then you have time to listen to the Bible. I understand it can be hard to carry around a huge Bible and I understand that it can be hard to find a place to read. Which is why listening can be so much easier and less time consuming.
How To Understand The Bible Tip 4: Start From the Beginning
I remember when I started to really read the Bible, I started from Genesis chapter one verse one and started reading from there. And I loved it. I got so much understanding from just reading the Old Testament and it made me have new eyes for the new testament. I feel like you would never pick up a book and start in the middle or at the end. You start from the beginning, and that is what you should do with the Bible. Doing so will give you more understand of other chapters and the New Testament.
This is the most important. When you read the Bible, do just that. Read it, absorb it, allow God to speak to you through it and tell you want it means. Do not set out and read 100 pages in a day and when you stop reading you did not get anything from it. That defeats the purpose of the Bible. It is okay if you read a few pages and take notes on what you learned and you can apply it to your life than if you read 200 pages in a day and learn nothing. The Bible is a living book that is supposed to transform.
How To Understand The Bible Tip 6: Get A Bible That Relates To you
When I was a teen, I had a teen Bible. And I love it. It had the Bible in it of course but then it also had little lessons inserted in it that someone like me a “teen” could learn from. You can do that as a woman and as a man. Having a Bible that pertain to you will help you grasps the information better.
Here are some of my suggestions:
- NIV, Fulfilled Devotional Bible for the Single Woman, Hardcover: The NIV Devotional Bible for the Single Woman
- NIV, Women’s Devotional Bible
- Everyday Matters Bible for Women: New Living Translation, Practical Encouragement to Make Every Day Matter
- NIV, Mom’s Devotional Bible, Hardcover
- NKJV, Family Life Marriage Bible
- NIV, Couples’ Devotional Bible, Hardcover
- NIV, Bible for Teen Girls, Hardcover: Growing in Faith, Hope, and Love
- Teen Life Application Study Bible NLT
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