Psalm 45 - "The King & I"
3 Simple Steps for Bible Study
Observation – What does the passage say?
Interpretation – What does the passage mean?
Application – What am I/are we going to do about what the passage says and means?
Step 1: Observation – What Does the Passage Say?
- Pray for understanding
- Read the passage 2-3 times
Things to look for:
Literary Form/Genre – Narrative, History, Poetry, Prophecy, Letters
Terms, not words
Connecting words/Relationships between ideas (i.e., cause and effect, q & a, if-then)
Comparisons & Contrasts
Who are the people in the passage?
What is happening in the passage?
Where is the passage/story taking place?
When in time (of day, of year, in history) is it?
Step 2: Interpretation – What Does the Passage Mean?
Context (passage, book, testament, Bible) [Where does the passage fit?]
Cross-References (Tool: www.biblegateway.com)
Conclusion [What is the main point?]
Consultation (Tool: New Bible Commentary)
Step 3: Application - What do we do with what this passage says about….