2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Understanding of the Bible

I’ve been a believer for about 23 years. When I became a christian I didn’t really have anyone that discipled me.  I had a few women I looked up to, and learned a lot from, but I wasn’t really discipled by them. So what I’ve learned I got mostly from reading the Word, attending church and bible studies. I’m gonna give you 2 Simple ways to improve your understanding of the Bible that I found this week.




I’ve noticed something this last week that kinda got me thinking. I was reading a devotion on iDisciple Bible App and the author used a Bible translation that I’d never heard of before. It really made things easy to understand for sure. I don’t use other translations really. I started with the NIV and have always stuck with it.

Since I hadn’t heard of it though, I wanted to see what the NIV had to say on the same scripture. It was way different, but the same content and context came from the NIV translation. That got me to thinking more about what the author had understood from reading the translation he had used vs the NIV. I would have NEVER gotten out of it using the NIV that he got from the other translation.

So I began looking at other verses in different translations and WOW!! What a difference that makes in biblical understanding. I think right now my new favorite translation is the New American Standard Bible. It seems the closest to the NIV, but is a little more simple in understanding. I also like the English Standard Version as well. Much more simple to understand.

The other thing I was reminded of this last week is how much understanding historical context of the time period in the Word really makes understanding the Word much easier.

I was reading through comments on a private christian Facebook page I am on and I see so many women wanting to be like the Proverbs 31 woman.

They put such a high expectation on being like her that they have anxiety over it.  I think it’s a bit ridiculous to say the least.

Trying to get up before everyone else, going to bed after everyone else.  Running the home so perfectly by themselves, when she had severvants.

They are trying to be like her, when we are to be like Christ.

That particular proverb was written as a poem that Jewish men sang over their wives as a blessing at the Sabbath table.  It is not something to be obtained.  They are asking God to bless their wives in that manner.

Yet, still American women try to be perfect as she is perfect.  I believe perfectionism is a bondage the enemy likes to use to make people feel inadequate.  It’s such a shame.

With that thought in mind, I looked up the history of Colossians.  The book I am reading currently.  I usually use my Bible app to read the Word so I don’t get the history behind the book as you would by using a Study Bible.

Usually, those Bibles have a historical page in the front of each book which is very helpful.  These pages explain who the author is, when the book was written, to whom it was written, what was happening at the time and why the author chose to write to that particular church.  Very informative.  And very important to read before reading the book.

To show you what I mean about the translations I’m gonna use Proverbs 31 as an example.  Below is a portion of the Proverbs 31 women in the NIV.

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.

Now here is the same passage in the NLT.

A Wife of Noble Character

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
    She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
    and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.


Just a little different, but for some it can bring about more understanding. For instance in the NIV, the husband has full confidence in his wife and lacks nothing.  In the NLT, he trusts her and she enriches his life.

This shows us he is confident in her, that he trusts her, he lacks nothing and she enriches his life.  I think that’s cool too see multiple aspects of the verse here.  It broadens our understanding and view of the Proverbs 31 woman.


As far as the idea that American women need to be the Proverbs 31 women, I found a prayer book, “My Peoples Prayer Book: Shabbat at Home”.  In this book, pages 75 and 76 explain this poem was sung by Jewish men in praise of their wives at the Sabbath table.  I’ve inserted the link so you can read it for yourselves.


When I read, I read in a literal sense, so I don’t always gain a full understanding of what I am reading.  If you’re like me, I hope that these 2 simple ways help you improve your understanding of God’s Word.  They are certainly giving me more to think about.

What translations do you like to use? How do they help you draw closer to the Lord?











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