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Ecclesiastes 7:25 "I applied mine heart to know and to search and to seek out wisdom and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness."

Philippians 3:8 "Yea doubtless and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ."

Isaiah 1:18 "Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." 

God's knowledge has great wisdom and depth for you -Romans 11:33. There are important keys to understanding the Bible that one needs to know. 

Psalms 111:10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. A good understanding have all they that do his commandments-('his commandments' is not in the original, so it's referring to those that fear Him)....." 

The Bible is for our learning to give us hope, not confusion, not a guilty feeling of being under God's disapproval, but hope! 
    To learn, one has to be subject (original Greek is 'adapt to do') or willing to be doing what he wants to learn -Titus 3:1. If one is willing to do all he can (Ecclesiastes 9:10) regarding love and good works toward others, he or she will gain a high position in the Kingdom of God, just as one would in a modern day corporate environment. 
    Thus the importance of acceptance first. 

Study makes you hot! -Luke 24:32; Acts 18:24,25,28; Titus 2:14. If we're believers, we have help in understanding the scriptures. Use it. Luke 24:45.

I prefer the King James Version. By now I'm used to its thee's, thou's, ye's, saith's and other 1600's type language. And it does seem to have an alive flavor to it. At least I think so. And after much study of the original word meanings, the feeling comes across that the translators back then really did their best in being as accurate as knew then how to be.
    Rather than keep revising the Bible with so many different translations, it's better to simply re-read it. Learn it! It's the same with reading any book. The first time you're little more than aware of the words. The second and subsequent times, one becomes aware of new things and deeper meaning.

Jesus opened the scriptures to those with Him back then -Luke 24:32. Do you think that from heaven He is still able to do this, and for us today?
    Isaiah 28:9,10,13 tells us that to understand His word, and to move on to perfection, we need to desire to move deep, beyond the basics (Hebrews 5:13-6:2), and into the depth. Desire it, and see what happens! 
    We can't know Him unless He has given us an understanding -1John 5:20. If you lack it, ask for it! For those believing the Bible it's easy! Once you believe it, more understanding comes -1Thessalonians 2:13".....the word of God, which effectually- (effectively)-works also in you that believe."
    Faith is required to understand spiritual things -Hebrews 11:3.-My experience. And one can't believe it unless God opens the mind. If you're interested in it, God has opened your mind to an understanding of it! He wants a relationship with you! Apart from one's mind being opened, one just can't search and find out a true understanding of God; one just never gets any personal light out of it -Isaiah 40:28.
    We have the gift of belief and His word will abide in us -John 5:38.
    Why is it important to study? -Titus 1:9; Matthew 10:38; Ephesians 1:18 "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints." 

1Thessalonians 5:21 "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.-...continues


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