Continuing this discussion of our series’ third grace-gift, we’re delving into more ways we can learn to study the Bible for ourselves. Today I’m sharing another tool for going deeper in examining God’s Word.

For a few years now, the Blue Letter Bible app has been my go-to source for all kinds of information I may need when digging deep into a text.  I savor the simplicity of studying the Bible in my comfy chair with multiple Bible dictionaries, commentaries, and other resources right at my fingertips. Having this app is a lot less tedious than managing a big stack of books every day! Though it’s also available on the web at bleuletterbible.org, I prefer using the app on my phone for its efficiency and time-saving benefits. (Or because of my laziness. Whatever you want to call it.)

This isn’t a perfect resource, and it doesn’t entirely eliminate the need for all other helps. But its user-friendliness makes it my favorite app, and I employ its support almost daily. There are other tools like it – Bible Gateway, Bible Hub, etc.. Search for them on the internet or the app store, try them out, and find the one you like best.

It can take a while to become familiar with how these tools work; I suggest you “play” with one a bit to learn all it offers and how to make it work for you. Not yet experienced with every part of this tool, I often read some of its commentaries to compare viewpoints, and I consistently use the interlinear concordance, as it’s a great guide for understanding the intent of the Bible’s original language.

For example, if I’m studying Romans 8, I enter that in the search box and select the version I’d like to view it in:

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Next, if I need more help with a particular verse, I will click on that verse, and I’ll be shown all of the tools BLB has available:

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If there’s a word definition I’m seeking, I click on the interlinear/concordance option, and it pulls up all of the words used in the verse. I select the one I want, and then I’m given the original language definition, and I’m closer to understanding what God’s word choosing is meant to convey:

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Tomorrow, we’ll talk more about commentaries – how and when to use them – and then we’ll spend several days addressing how we handle the unknowns in Bible study.

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