Tools for your Quiet Time #6 – The Word Emphasis Method

This is post #6 in a series of posts “Tools for Your Quiet Time.”  You can find the earlier posts here: #1#2#3#4#5

THE WORD EMPHASIS METHOD

This isn’t really a full-blown study method… it’s more of a devotional tool. But it has proven very helpful to me because of the repetitive and varied nature of it. Sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? You’ll see what I mean…

BENEFITS

  • This method will enable you to hear, read, or speak a particular verse or passage a number of times, which will help to expand the meaning in your mind.
  • The repetitive nature of this tool helps you to recall the scriptures you’ve studied more easily.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • A trustworthy Bible translation (ESV, NIV, NASB, NKJV, KJV, RSV)

HOW TO DO IT

  • Take any passage of scripture and read it slowly. A single verse or phrase is usually most manageable.
  • Reread the verse, emphasizing the first word. Take your time in considering the meaning that emphasis gives to the verse.
  • Reread the verse, emphasizing the second word. Take your time in considering the meaning that emphasis gives to the verse.
  • Reread the verse, emphasizing the third word… etc., etc.

EXAMPLE

  • Scripture: John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
  • FOR God so loved the world… (emphasizes what God’s “reason” was for what He did).
  • For GOD so loved the world… (emphasizes “who” is the primary mover/actor in this verse).
  • For God SO loved the world… (emphasizes the “degree” or “amount” of God’s love for the world).
  • For God so LOVED the world… (emphasizes what God felt/did)
  • etc., etc. etc.

Many people find this method to be of great value in getting the full meaning of a particular verse. It can seem somewhat repetitive (really?), but is well worth at least an occasional use.

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