Quotes on Bible Reading

Here are some quotes I’ve posted before on the most important thing we can do along with prayer. In order to pray, we need to use the language of the Bible.

The primary purpose of reading the Bible is not to know the Bible but to know God.

–James Merritt

If I want to love God more, I have to know Him more deeply. The more I search the Scriptures and focus my mind’s attention on who God is and what He does, the more my soul breaks out in flames.

–R.C. Sproul

Next to praying there is nothing so important in practical religion as Bible reading. By reading that book we may learn what to believe, what to be, and what to do; how to live with comfort, and how to die in peace.

Happy is that man who possesses a Bible! Happier still is he who reads it! Happiest of all is he who not only reads it, but obeys it, and makes it the rule of his faith and practice!

–J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion, p. 97

We measure Scripture’s story by ours. The attitude the psalm [Psalm 1] commends involves delighting in Yhwh’s teaching—especially (we might add) when its story seems irrelevant or it takes a different stance from us. That is the moment when studying Scripture becomes interesting, significant, and important. We then delight in it. The way that delight expresses itself is by talking about it day and night–-in other words, ceaselessly.

–John Goldingay, Psalms 1-41, pg 84, referring to Psalm 1

The Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
Acts 17:11

4 Responses to “Quotes on Bible Reading”

  1. 1 Eric

    Those are all great quotes. Sometimes I think I know more “about” God by reading the Bible than actually knowing Him personally. But I don’t think my time reading the Bible has been wasted – I think I still get to know His character through a kind of “osmosis.” Are you still liking GW version?

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    I think Scripture is really the only way to get to know God. He certainly speaks to us personally, but not outside the bounds (?) of what Scripture says. Our own ideas of God will most likely be wrong. Our hearts are too deceitful.

    Yes, despite its flaws, I still like reading GW far better than any other. What do you like? I can’t remember if you’ve mentioned that.

  3. 3 Eric

    I grew up in the RSV tradition, so don’t usually stray too far from the RSV and NRSV. On paper, I “should” like the ESV (since it’s a conservative update of the RSV), but I really don’t – I still think the NRSV is the better revision even though it’s not perfect either. I also read the new NIV and NET a lot. For fun, I enjoy J.B. Phillips NT and the Jewish Tanakh (OT) version. Never been too big a fan of the KJV or NKJV. I have great respect for the NASB and consult it a lot too.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    I read the NRSV for three years and also like it better than the ESV. I think it was more carefully done than the ESV. Being Reformed, I know I’m supposed to like the ESV. I need to look at the Tanakh.

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