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Reading the Bible or Studying the Bible – Which is right?

Are there times when you are not sure whether to simply read the bible? Do you have a desire to study the bible instead of reading it like a story?

Should I read my bible or should I study my bible are two questions people ask and want to know the answer to. There is a difference between reading and studying the Bible, and they both work together to build our spiritual life. You should not neglect one for the other.

In practical terms, you can’t study the Bible effectively without first reading it. You must read, then study. The art of reading your Bible is you choosing a book of the Bible, focusing on a chapter of that (book), then digesting the words with faith in your heart. Practicalizing the meaning while studying the Bible involves you spending more time to understand each word and what they mean in the concept of each verse. What a word means in a verse may be different from what it means in another.

As you may have guessed, studying the Bible requires more time, research, and digging deep.This is the take-home point – “Reading and Studying are essential”. One complements the other and one should not be done in isolation from the other.


When you read, plan to find time to study. And when you study, study to understand!

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed , rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

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