Read the Bible for Yourself!

There are many reasons to read the Bible. In this example, the author of Proverbs explains the main reason:

For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path. (Prov 2:6-9, NIV)

But most people don't read the Bible; instead, they read a commentary…

1. What is a Bible commentary? How is this Bible study tool helpful? When is it not helpful?

2. Carefully observe this passage. What do you do with God's commands? What are the benefits of following God's commands? What key teachings should be prioritized?

My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. (Prov 3:1-6, NIV)

3. When you examine the bold print of Proverbs 3:1-6 seen above, what do the words imply about Bible study?

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