Womenary students love God's Word and understand that there is a treasure of wisdom inside every single verse.
Begin by selecting a verse or passage of scripture. Write it down on your own paper, journal, or use this reproducible worksheet Word Wise Worksheet.pdf. Draw circles or highlight the words on the page that jump out to you, underline the subject and draw squares around the verb or action aspect of each sentence.
Next, observe the passage, define and expand what you see. This is the lengthiest step of WordWise, so take your time and really observe and look over the text. Define important or questionable words into the original language using an Interlinear Bible (links below). Look for connecting thoughts, repeated words, opposites, alliterations, etc. Review any cross-references to other scriptures that may be listed in your bible.
Go deeper by answering the questions below. Use a Bible commentary, trusted websites or reference books to discover important and relevant background information about the passage. This important step will help you "pull back" from the moment and watch what was happening when it was written. For an online link to the history of a book of the bible and author visit enterthebible.org, biblehub.com/summary.
WHO is the author of this verse? WHO is the intended audience?
WHAT is the topic? WHAT is happening in the surrounding verses and chapter?
WHEN was it written?
WHERE was the author when writing? WHERE was the audience when receiving?
WHY was it written?
Identify and make a list of themes, points, message or topics in the passage that are relevant/same today vs. what is different today.
Make a second list interpreting how the passage can be applied to believers today.
Revise what have you learned and how it applies to you and other believers today into a 2 or 3 sentence interpretive paragraph.
Pray and ask the Lord to help you fully apply and understand what you have learned about this verse. Apply His Truth today as the Lord continues to reveal the application of this verse to you.