“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: A student of the word must be such who pays attention to details in the written word.

We proceeded into examining one of the safest ways of interpreting bible text which is contextual reading. Here, you interpret a verse within the surrounding verses. And we’ve said that the first step here is to read the letter itself. No matter what the author says in another letter, it may not mean the same thing even if the same words are used in that other letter. You must thus be careful to read scriptures contextually, and interpret scriptures contextually; that is, look at the verses before and after it. Take note of this as touching bible interpretation:

  • In bible interpretation, you must interpret words within surrounding words.
  • In bible interpretation, you must interpret phrases within the surrounding phrases.
  • In bible interpretation, you must interpret a statement amongst surrounding statements.

Studying out of context is to take a statement, ignore the verses before it and link it up with another statement from another book entirely. Recall, lifting words of scriptures out of context is a pretext for a proof-text. An old bible scholar once said, “Out of context is a pretext for a proof-text”. Before we go further in subsequent studies to examine more rules on bible reading and interpretation and applying these rules together to interpret bible texts, let’s quickly explore an important detail still touching bible study and interpretation. In embarking on a thorough bible study, the following steps are most vital:

  • Observation
  • Interpretation and
  • Application

A student of the bible must be one who pays attention to the finest of details. You cannot hurriedly read the scriptures. With observation, you are not rushing through bible texts or hurriedly reading; you read carefully and painstakingly. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Learn to pay attention to details in bible reading.

PRAYER: I declare that the knowledge of your word increases in me till nothing else matter, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: If you miss out of paying attention to details in reading, then you’ve missed out of observation in reading.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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