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Let him that glorieth glory in this,
that he understandeth and knoweth me,
that I am the LORD

Jeremiah 9:24

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Interpreting the Bible

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 There are several precepts or rules of interpretation when it comes to the study of the Bible. Some are as follows:

Context: keep all in context, do not just take a verse by itself.

Context: maintain proper grammatical structure. Nothing less than a whole sentence has a definite meaning. Study sentence by sentence.

 Context: a sentence must have a complete thought. The complete thought might be made up of several thoughts. Verses divide the Bible into individual thoughts. A sentence might be contained in one verse or contain several verses. The thought within a verse might be modified or limited by the context of the sentence it is within.

Context: If your interpretation contradicts another passage you have something wrong; the Bible does not contradict itself.

  1. Study diligently
  2. Believe all that is written
  3. Do not add nor diminish from the words, meaning, or sense of the Scripture
  4. The Bible is God’s revelation to man, we are not looking for what God could have, should have, what we thing he ought to have, we are looking for what God revealed.
  5. God uses similitudes, word pictures describing things that may be designated differently at differing times.
  6. Study that you might rightly divide the word of truth
  7. Doctrines are built of precepts and precepts are formed here a little, there a little, line upon line.