Understanding The Bible
Studying The Bible
Lesson 6 - "Research the Word"
Show Yourself Approved Unto God," 2 Timothy 2:15
Lesson 6 - Research The
- 1. Look up the
cross-references in the margin of your bible, what do they mean, how do they
relate to the verse in question? Be aware that there are reference numbers and
letters in each verse that direct you to matching numbers and letters in the
marginal reference. Often these references send you to other verses
that, at first, seem to have little, if anything, to do with the verse you're
studying. Sometimes cross references lead you to words that are used
differently in different verses, sometimes to words that are used the same in
different verses. Sometimes they lead you to wonderful relationships and
truths that perhaps you had not considered before.
- 2. Read the Chapter from
other versions and translations and consider the differences.
- 3. Read the Paragraph
several times in each version or translation, and make notes about the
- 4. Find other Bibles and
look up the cross-references in their margins, what do they mean, how do they
relate to the verse in question?
- 5. Think about what you
might have missed and make further notes in the margins.
- 6. If you're adventurous
you can do a word study from a word study book, or if you have some original
language (Hebrew or Greek) tools use them to further define what the author
meant with his words.
- 7. Take each word in the
paragraph and find what questions can be asked about that word, its place in
the sentence, why the writer chose that word. On a separate piece of paper
write a list of questions that each word or phrase brings to mind.
- 8. Answer the questions
brought up by the words.
Sample page of Margin Cross References
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Lesson 7 - "Chart the Word"