Have you heard the expression: read between the lines? We typically use the phrase when someone has something to say but they want us to dig deeper to find the meaning.
Why do we do that to each other?
I think it’s because we want to build relationships. It’s not that we’re saying, “Guess what I mean by reading between the lines” but “If you care about me, you’ll dig deeper into my meaning.”
That’s what we’re going to do with our 5 minutes today at Blue Letter Bible.
We’re going to go interlinear – meaning between the lines – discovering a resource called an Interlinear Bible. Why go deeper? When we care about God, knowing He cared about us first – or wanting to know if He even does care about us – there’s a desire to dig deeper into His meaning, to get to know Him. 🙂
Follow the steps from Day 2 to find a verse you would like to know more about.
- Set the Tomato Timer. Check speaker volume.
- Go to Blue Letter Bible.
- Search for a verse by reference or key word.
You should now be where you were on Day 2.
As an example, I searched shepherd Psalm.
- Click the Tools button next to the verse you are interested in.
- Click the Interlinear tab.
TIP: The Interlinear is set as the default tool tab, so it shows up first in the row. You can change your default tab in preferences.
Ack! There are Squiggly Lines! I Can’t Read Squiggle!
No worries! Neither can I.
Those squiggly lines are either Hebrew (if you are in the Old Testament) or Greek (if you are in the New Testament).
It’s Ok! You don’t have to know Hebrew or Greek to use Blue Letter Bible.
You May Notice Two Things
1. A word may be a phrase.
“Shepherd” in Psalm 23:1, for example, is actually “is my shepherd” – that’s a Hebrew grammar thing. As they say in some movie I can’t remember and may not have ever seen: “Don’ worry ‘bout ‘’it!” just choose the phrase that has the word you are interested in.
2. The Bible translation/version probably changed to KJV.
That’s a Strong’s Concordance thing. You can change it on the preference page. (If you want your preferences to stick around for next time, you’ll need to create a free account.)
What is Strong’s Concordance?
A very, very large book – thanking God for the internet once again! – that contains:
- Every word of the Bible listed in alphabetical order (except articles like the and other such tiny words)
- Its original language word (Hebrew or Greek)
- Reference number for each word
- Short definition of the original word
TIDBIT: If the reference number begins with an H it’s Hebrew, with a G it’s Greek.
Hey! My Word is Missing!
Sometimes the KJV (King James Version) translates a word different from your favorite translation. For example, some versions use the term lack instead of want in Psalm 23:1.
If you aren’t sure which word corresponds to the version you are interested in, click the Bibles tab and compare the two versions until you find the corresponding word in the KJV. Then go back to the Interlinear tab to find that word/phrase.
For more information about Mr. Strong and the Strong’s Concordance, I offer you the modern equivalent of my mother’s response to my many questions: Google it.
It’s easier than looking it up in the encyclopedia, right?
More Time on the Tomato?
If you still have time on your Tomato Timer, click around on the Interlinear page and let us know what you discover!
We’ll be digging even deeper next time, so be sure to visit again for our next 5 minutes Learning to Use Bible Study Aids. 🙂 Or even easier, sign up to receive free emails.
Take a Deep Breath and Enjoy the Journey
Enjoy the journey into your Hero’s world – His Word!
Are you interested in sharing the gift of His Word with those who have no Bible in their language? Visit Wycliff to learn more.