david_taylor_jr — 2017-03-29T09:10:57-04:00 — #1
How does everyone here approach Scripture memory?
Do you make it a regular part of your spiritual walk? Does it come hard for you? What methods do you use?
lu1 — 2017-03-29T19:35:36-04:00 — #2
When I was young in my finding the Lord... To qualify that statement, the Lord was plain for me to see but I was not willing to seek Him. To memorize Scripture I would use the KJV and only memorize easy verses i.e. John 3:16. The reason was I was a PK and I had to have some knowledge to appease the faithful. I was NOT in relationship with the Lord.
When the Lord and I began our relationship I would learn Scripture using the KJV because it "sang". But later in the walk I began to learn verses that people quoted a lot. Jer 29:11, Isa. 1:18 but it had little contextual meaning. As I matured in the Lord context was important because you have all these "experts" totally using the Bible context out of context.
So I now learn Scripture verses using the ESV but I enjoy understanding the possible full range of verses using the Amplified Bible.
So verses like Romans 10:9-10 for example or 1 Corinthians 13:10 or 1 John 1:9-10 were memorized because they were used to either increase my faith to develop a better understand about Who the Triune God is. So as I am led by the Holy Spirit I memorize more and more Scriptures. Usually by rote but always in context of what the writer intends. I do further study to see in the verse is only used specifically for that time or if it can be used universally.
dave_l — 2017-03-30T09:03:35-04:00 — #3
I seem to memorise scriptures as I read through the Bible. They seem to stick in my memory and surface when I need them. Someone said the Bible has over 30,000 verses. So I think the ones that mean the most to me are the ones that answer my questions. I am aware of the problem of taking them out of context, so I use a concordance and parallel passages hoping I don't.
justin_gatlin — 2017-03-30T11:20:35-04:00 — #4
Memorization comes really easy for me. When, for whatever reason, a verse has a hard time sticking, I read it out loud in increasing rounds (read, and recite while looking away).
For God so loved ... For God so loved the world ... For God so loved the world that He gave...
Then I use the first letter technique
F G s l t w t H g H o b S t w b i h s n p b h e l.
By recalling what was in my short term memory with a crutch, I can strengthen the memory.
To finish it up, I will draw little pictures for each section of the verse and recite it from the pictures. There is one verse in James I can only recite by imaging the picture I drew of a rich man falling over in the road.
By exercising memory with different triggers, I find I can memorize almost anything. I do not often memorize chapter and verse numbers, which I sometimes regret, but usually justify that they are uninspired, arbitrary and sometimes misleading.
lu1 — 2017-03-30T19:10:45-04:00 — #5
That many?!? I vaguely remember something about 20,000. Interesting, I just learned something.
justin_gatlin — 2017-03-30T19:27:32-04:00 — #6
There are 23k words in the Old Testament.
dave_l — 2017-03-31T05:36:32-04:00 — #7
I lifted this from the web. I assume it is accurate.
The Bible is actually a library of 66 books, written by 44 authors over a period of about 1500 years. The 39 books of the Old Testament were composed between 1400 and 400 B.C., the 27 books of the New Testament between A.D. 50 and A.D. 100.
When the Bible was first written, there were no chapters or verses as today. In fact, many of the early, handwritten manuscripts were written without spaces between the words! Stephen Langton divided the Bible into chapters about A.D. 1228. The Old Testament was divided into verses by R. Nathan in A.D. 1448, and Robert Stephanus divided the New Testament into verses in A.D. 1551. The first complete Bible with chapter and verse divisions was the Geneva Bible of A.D. 1560.
Books of the Bible:
Old Testament: 39 books
New Testament: 27 books
Complete Bible: 66 books
Middle book of the Old Testament: Proverbs
Middle book of the New Testament: 2 Thessalonians
Old Testament: 23,214 verses
New Testament: 7,959 verses
Complete Bible: 31,173 verses
Middle verse of the Bible: Psalms 103:1,2
Middle verse of the Old Testament: 2 Chronicles 20:17
Middle verse of the New Testament: Acts 17:17
Shortest verse of the Old Testament: 1 Chronicles 1:25
Shortest verse of the New Testament: "Jesus wept." John 11:35; "Rejoice evermore" 1 Thessalonians 5:16
Longest verse in the Bible: Esther 8:9
Verse containing all letters of the alphabet except "J": Ezra 7:21
Verse containing all letters of the alphabet except "Q": Daniel 4:37
Verses most alike: Psalm 107:8,15,21, 31
Old Testament: 929
New Testament: 260
Entire Bible: 1,189
Middle chapter of Old Testament: Job 29
Middle chapter of New Testament: Romans 13
Middle and shortest chapter of Bible: Psalms 117
Longest chapter in the Bible: Psalm 119
Chapters that are most alike: 2 Kings 19 and Isaiah 37
In the Old Testament: 592,439 words
In the New Testament: 181,253 words
Complete Bible: 773, 692 words
Longest word in the Bible (18 letters): Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Isaiah 8:1)
Words occurring only once in the Bible: eternity (Isaiah 57:15); grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5); gnat (Matthew 23:24)