Words. We hear them, we speak them, we read them. From the time we are tiny babies just starting to talk, words are part of who we are. From a very young age, we seek to know and understand the world around us through our developing language. Knowing the meanings of the words we speak and read is necessary in order to understand the world around us and interact with it.
It’s no different with the Bible. Word meanings are very important!
Word Meanings and the Bible
The Bible was first written in Hebrew and Greek. Translations are not perfect because languages are so different. The meanings of words can vary and change over time. The English words that we read in our modern translations can represent two or more different words in the original languages, so sometimes the meaning of one English word doesn’t quite do justice to the complexity of the concept implied in the original languages. This is why it’s a great idea to do a Biblical word study!
Word study can seem very intimidating, but fortunately, we have so many resources for solid Biblical research and understanding right at our fingertips. There are places online that you can go to find concordances and lexicons in order to do a deeper study of God’s word. You do not have to be an expert at languages to gain some deep insight into what God is speaking through His word!
I’m new at word studies, and I’m sure I’m not perfect, but God doesn’t ask us for perfection. He asks us instead for willing hearts and time spent with Him. Discovering places online where I can easily access the meanings of words from the original languages has been so insightful and fascinating for me that I wanted to find a way to share with you!God does not ask for perfection. Instead, He asks for willing hearts and time spent with Him. Click To Tweet
A Gift for You!
I’ve created a printable that walks you through a simple way to do a word study. It’s my gift to you to celebrate Thanksgiving.A free word study for you! Happy Thanksgiving! 5 Days to a Thankful Heart! Click To Tweet
I’m so thankful for each person that comes here to read. I’m thankful for God’s Word and how it speaks to each of us so individually and uniquely. I’m thankful for the experts that create study resources so we can come to a deeper knowledge of word meanings from the original languages behind our English words.
The concept is simple. The printable contains five verses about being thankful, each with clickable links for several key words in the verse. Each day just write the verse down, pray over it, read it out loud, click through the links to be taken to an online interlinear Bible (thank you Bible Hub!) and spend some time reading about the meanings of these words in the original Greek language. I particularly like the definitions you’ll find under the section labeled “HELPS Word-studies.” These have been particularly helpful to me in understanding word meanings more fully.
Since the word studies are over only one verse a day, perhaps you can complete this during your Thanksgiving week! And since giving thanks is something we should do daily, this printable can be used any time of the year. With this printable and the clickable links found inside, you can gain valuable insights into God’s word in just a few minutes each day (or even spend more time if you like). Click HERE to pick up your free word study!
After you read and study the Greek meanings, think about your verse and let God speak to you through any new insights you may find. Then consider rewriting the verse in your own words with the new meanings you discover. I promise you will not be disappointed. I believe you will hear God speaking to you in new and profound ways!
Important Points to Remember
One very important thing to remember, however, is a fact that we’ve already mentioned – words in any language can have varying meanings. This means that when you do a word study, you need to be sure to read the verses and paragraphs around the verse you are studying so that you can understand the concepts and ideas in that verse within its context. Word meanings are determined by their context, and this is very important!
We also need to ask God for discernment, wisdom, and insight as we read and study His word. He’ll be with us and send His Holy Spirit to help us with our understanding of the passages we read. He sends Jesus to walk alongside us, too. In all ways, God loves spending time with us. He’ll help us as beginners with the new things we try as we dive deeper into His word!
How to Get Your Free Word Study (My gift to you! Happy Thanksgiving!)
To download the printable click HERE. You will also find this printable in the Resource Library which is full of other similar resources and helps for prayer life and Scripture study! Click HERE to learn more about what you can find inside the Resource Library!
A Place to Learn More about Word Studies
I’ve learned so much about how to do a Greek and Hebrew word study from Katie Orr. There is much, much more to know and learn about word studies than what I have touched in this blog post. Katie goes deeper into the topic of word study and has so much information to share! You might enjoy learning more about her devotionals, podcasts and other Bible study resources HERE.
I’m thankful for you and am wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving! Blessings to you!
This week’s focus verses are found in this printable. Click HERE to download it!
If you decide to use the word study, I would love to hear back from you. (Click HERE to download the printable. It’s free!) Did this method of word study help you? Was it easy or too hard? Were there things you did not understand or questions you’d like to ask? Did you find new insights into the verses you read and studied? You can comment below or email me at email@example.com.
Lord, we thank you for your Word. It speaks to us so richly, and then we discover even more. Thank you for Jesus, Your Son, who is the Living Word to us. Speak into our hearts. Lead and guide us and send your Holy Spirit to us to help us as we study and learn and live your precious Word. In Jesus name, Amen!
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