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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Not All Words Are Created Equal

2 Timothy 2:15, Word study of Bible
Why not enhance your personal Bible study by doing a word study.(1)  You'll need a notebook and concordance:  

(See step by step photos below this post.)  

1. To do online, try the concordance at Bible Gateway.(2)
2. Type the word you want to study in the search box. For example, when I type "Heart," I find there are 725 results in the NIV.

 3. Click on the first reference and ask: 
  • What insight does this passage give about the word "heart"?
  • Does it raise any questions?
4. Write down your answers. For example, for Genesis 6:5, the first reference, I write:
  • Mankind's hearts and thoughts were completely wicked.
  • What's the difference between hearts and thoughts?
5. For New Testament references, click the drop down menu in the Bible translation box and choose "MOUNCE."(3) Then click on your word and read the meaning in the Greek. 

    6. Do the same with each reference.  

    7. Write insights in your notebook. 
    When I did this with "heart," I got a bigger glimpse of God's heart.
    Why not give it a try, and leave a comment and tell me which word you decide to study?
    Step by Step Directions using Bible Gateway:
    Type word into the search box:

    The results will appear:
    After reading a New Testament passage, click the box that displays the Bible translation and choose "Mounce" in the drop down menu.
    Then click on the word to see the Greek meaning for more insights:
    (1)Let it be a year-long project, if you'd like. You can do it daily or weekly, but I recommend you do it regularly. (2) You can also use Bible Study Tools or an actual exhaustive concordance if you prefer a book to an online resource. And there are other online resources too. I'm just sharing one I've used. (3) Mounce Reverse-Interlinear New Testament ~ If the reference is Old Testament, you can check the Old Testament Lexicons available on  Bible Study Tools HERE. But this process is a little more complex - you must first click on one of the several Hebrew words used for "heart" and this will give you the specific definition for that Hebrew word and list where that Hebrew word is found in the Old Testament. It's worth your time, but takes several steps to find your word.
    artwork: Billy Frank Alexander 

    Bible Study 

    2 Timothy 2:15, Bible word study
    1. Why do a word study?
    Because there are no more precious words than God's Word and a word study is one way we can better understand God's message!

    Isaiah 55:10-11:The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. 11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. 

    2 Timothy 2:15: Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 
    copyright 2016, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com

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