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…
- 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.
- 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.