If prayer is like the air that we breathe,
then the Word of God is like the food that we
eat. Just as, if you do not eat food for days
together, your body will become weak. So will
your spirit be, if you do not read the Word of
God. Jesus said in Mt.4:4
"It is written; man shall not live
by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds
from the mouth of God."
The Bible is the Word of God. The Bible consists
of two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Old Testament consists of all that happened
before Jesus came and the New Testament consists
of all that happened when Jesus came and after.
You need to read the entire Bible at least once
in five years. Those who attend Church daily and
listen to the readings at mass, roughly cover
the Bible once in three years. If you have finished
reading the Bible once, do not discard the book,
rather read it a second time, and you shall keep
reading it till the end of your life. In the original
Bible the Old Testament was written in Aramaic
and the New Testament in Greek. Various Bible
scholars have translated the original Bible into
many languages and so we have many versions of
the Bible e.g. King James Version, New International
Version, New American Bible, The Revised Standard
Version, The New English Bible, etc. In each of
these versions, the message is the same, but there
is a difference in the language and the words
used. The translation that is closest to the original
Bible is the King James Version and the New American
Bible. In the Catholic Bible, there are 46 books
in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament,
in all there are 73 books in the Bible. The Bible
consists of many books like Ezekiel, Jeremiah,
Luke and so on. The Non Catholic versions of the
Bible have these seven books missing in the Old
Testament, ie Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach or
Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, I Maccabees and II Maccabees.
Besides these books, 107 verses of Esther, Daniel
Chapters 13 & 14 and 67 verses in Ch. 3 between
verse 23 & 24 are missing.
You must have your own copy of the Bible and
you must read, parts of the Old Testament, parts
of the New Testament and a Psalm or Proverb everyday.
Keep three bookmarks in the Bible, one in the
Old Testament, one in the New Testament and one
in Psalms/Proverbs. You may start with any book
you like in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
To begin with set aside a suitable time each day
at least fifteen minutes. Besides reading the
Bible, you must study the Bible regularly, for
which you need study aids like commentary, concordance,
Bible dictionary, Bible atlas etc.
is a book which gives comments and explanation
of the verses of the Bible, sometimes the background
and even the original Hebrew and Greek words with
their actual meanings.
is a book which tells you how many times a particular
word appears in the Bible. If you know a particular
verse of the Bible, but do not know where it appears
in the Bible, the concordance will help you find
It is a book which gives you the meanings of the
words in the Bible, sometimes, even their original
Hebrew and Greek words from which they are translated.
Bible Atlas: It
is a book of maps showing the places mentioned
in the Bible. These places will not be found in
the Modern School Atlas.
God's Word is called by different names in the
Neh 8:3 And he read
from it facing the square before the Water Gate
from early morning until midday, in the presence
of the men and the women and those who could understand;
and the ears of all the people were attentive
to the Book of the Law.
Ps 1:2 But his delight
is in the Law of the Lord,
and on His law he meditates day and night.
Jn 5:39 You search
the Scriptures, because
you think that in them you have eternal life;
and it is they that bear witness to Me.
Rm 1:2 Which He promised
beforehand through His prophets in the Holy
Heb 4:12 For the Word
of God is living and active, sharper than
any two-edged sword, piercing to the division
of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and
discerning the thoughts and intentions of the
James 1:21 Therefore
put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness
and receive with meekness the implanted Word,
which is able to save your souls.
Phil 2:16 Holding
fast the Word of Life,
so that in the day of Christ, I may be proud that
I did not run in vain or labour in vain.
Rev 22:19 And if anyone
takes away from the words of the book of this
prophecy, God will take away his share in the
tree of life and in the Holy city, which are described
in this Book.
The Qualities of the Bible
It is Divinely inspired.
II Tim 3:16
All scripture is inspired by God and profitable
for teaching, for reproof, for correction and
for training in righteousness.
It is absolutely pure.
Ps 12:6 The
promises of the LORD are promises that are pure
silver, refined in a furnace on the ground, purified
It is supremely authoritative.
Ps 119:128 Therefore,
I direct my steps by all Thy precepts; I hate
every false way.
It is perfectly united.
Jn 10:35 If
he called them gods to whom the Word of God came
(and scripture cannot be broken).
It is eternally permanent.
I Pet 1:25 But
the Word of the Lord abides for ever. That Word
is the good news which was preached to you.
Things that the Word of God does.
It regenerates, gives new life.
I Pet 1:23 You
have been born anew, not of perishable seed but
of imperishable, through the living and abiding
word of God.
It nourishes, feeds.
I Pet 2:2 Like newborn
babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that
by it you may grow up to salvation.
It sanctifies, makes Holy.
Jn 17:17 Sanctify them
in the truth; Thy word is truth.
It upbuilds, strengthens.
Acts 20:32 And
now I commend you to God and to the Word of His
grace, which is able to build you up and to give
you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
It enlightens, gives illumination.
Ps 119:105 Thy word
is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
It makes our way pure.
Ps 119:9 How can a
young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according
to Thy Word.
It restrains sin.
Ps 119:11 I have laid
up Thy Word in my heart, that I might not sin
It guides us.
Ps 119:133 Keep steady
my steps according to Thy promise, and let no
iniquity get dominion over me.
It produces faith.
Rm 10:17 So
faith comes from what is heard and what is heard
comes by the preaching of Christ.
It brings Healing and Deliverance.
Ps 107:20 He sent forth
His Word and healed them and delivered them from
It makes you free.
Jn 8:31-32 Jesus
then said to the Jews who had believed in him,
"If you continue in My Word, you are truly
My disciples, and you will know the truth, and
the truth will make you free."
It brings joy and delight to the heart.
Jer 15:16 Thy
Words were found, and I ate them, and Thy Words
became to me a joy and the delight of my heart;
for I am called by Thy name, O LORD, God of hosts.
It convinces, rebukes and exhorts.
II Tim 4:2 Preach
the Word, be urgent in season and out of season,
convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in
patience and in teaching.
It revives the soul and gives wisdom.
Ps 19:7 The
Law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
the Testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise
It enlightens the eyes.
Ps 19:8 The
Precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the
heart; the Commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening
The Word of God is compared to:
Fire: Jer 5:14
Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts:
"Because they have spoken this Word, behold,
I am making My Words in your mouth a fire, and
this people wood, and the fire shall devour them."
Hammer: Jer 23:29
Is not My word like fire, says the LORD, and like
a hammer which breaks the rock in pieces?
Seed: Mt 13:23
As for what was sown on good soil, this is he
who hears the Word and understands it; he indeed
bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold,
in another sixty and in another thirty.
Sword: Eph 6:17
And take the helmet of salvation and the Sword
of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Mirror: James 1:23
For if any one is a hearer of the Word and not
a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural
face in a mirror.
Bread: Mt 4:4 But
he answered, "It is written, 'Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds
from the mouth of God."
Read the Bible pray every day and you will grow,
Neglect the Bible forget to pray and you will
shrink, shrink, shrink.