Tools for Your Quiet Time #8 – Rewrite/Paraphrase

This is post #8 in a series of posts “Tools for Your Quiet Time.”  You can find the earlier posts here: #1#2#3#4#5 #6#7

REWRITE / PARAPHRASE

This method is not an in-depth way to study the scriptures, but a way to help you have a better initial understanding of individual verses or shorter passages. It’s not complicated, but will take a bit of thought and work on your part!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

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

  • A notebook or journal and something to write with

HOW TO DO IT

  • Choose the verse or shorter passage you would like to understand on a deeper level.

  • Copy the verse or passage, word for word into your notebook.

  • Now re-write the passage in your own words. Paraphrase it.

  • Re-read what you’ve written, comparing it to the original passage.

  • If you see anything that you believe you could have/should have done better or differently, re-write the passage again to improve on your version.

REWRITE / PARAPHRASE

 

This method is not an in-depth way to study the scriptures, but a way to help you have a better initial understanding of individual verses or shorter passages. It’s not complicated, but will take a bit of thought and work on your part!

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

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

  • A notebook or journal and something to write with

 

HOW TO DO IT

  • Choose the verse or shorter passage you would like to understand on a deeper level.

  • Copy the verse or passage, word for word into your notebook.

  • Now re-write the passage in your own words. Paraphrase it.

  • Re-read what you’ve written, comparing it to the original passage.

  • If you see anything that you believe you could have/should have done better or differently, re-write the passage again to improve on your version.

 

Q & A

  • Question 75:1 – What value do YOU see in paraphrasing passages of scripture?

 

  • Question 75:2 – Do you see any dangers or things you should be cautious about?

 

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