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You see Markv, you may not like this, but that is the mark of one of God's TRUE ELECT. I don't mean eect to salvation, but elect to service.
---kathr4453 on 7/6/11

Christina, the desires and influencenes that come to a believers mind that are for holy purposes come from the Spirit. If you have a desire to learn more about God, the Spirit will guide you to all truth. If it is by memorizing, or by looking up every single verse, or checking the Greek and Hebrew definitions, you will do that. You feel it in your heart because the Spirit will in your life is to teach you and sanctify you in anyway that He knows you need. Doctors and many in other professions, who are genuine believers are guided by the Spirit to save someone God doesn't want to die yet. They memorize things so that when the emergency comes they are prepared, the same holds true for all other believers.
---Mark_V. on 7/6/11

When someone meditates on scripture THEY DO remember it. I love the Word of God and can tell you what a BOOK is about or a chapter is about. When you throw up your johnny one note verse taken out of context I KNOW what was said before and after. Because I know the Word, the Holy Spirit can anytime bring a verse to mind. I don't have to rely on my memory, but on the Holy Spirit.

That way, I KNOW without a shaddow of a doubt when he Lord is talkingto me. Many times the Lord has given me a verse I don't understand at all. But then, as I grow in Grace..Oh My, the excitement of saying Now I get it, I understand.

I prefer the way the Lord has taught me, and He has never insisted I memorize anything. I live by Faith, not self effort!
---kathr4453 on 7/5/11

You know markv, I think of Peter, a fisherman, unlearned man, who didn't memorize anything, got up and spoke with power and truth on the day of pentecost. He wasn't sitting in the upper room memorizing anything. God spoke THROUGH him.

I would feel completely cmfortable going to Africa or any other place having no bible. Out of our bellies flow rivers of LIVING WATER.
---kathr4453 on 7/5/11

""Phil 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

I find it far more important to meditate on scripture then memorize it." LOVE THAT VERSE!
I agree
---Christina on 7/5/11

Kathr, you make a case for all things. Giving religious talk. You spoke about the mind, and I answered why you were wrong. You say,
"YOU THINK IS good, when in fact, God may want you to use that time to STUDY"
Yes, and again, maybe God wants you to memorize something so that you can remember it. So your points don't hold ground since you do not know what the Spirit wants to do in each of us. Maybe He wants you to memorize, but you have agnored your conscience so much that when He speaks to your conscience you just agnore it. So you see, you have no clue what the Spirit is going to do in your life or another. Maybe He wants you to go to Africa and wants you to memorize the gospel. Maybe, maybe.
---Mark_V. on 7/5/11

Phil 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

I find it far more important to meditate on scripture then memorize it. And unless you memorize a whole chapter at a time, you again are cherry picking scripture YOU THINK IS good, when in fact, God may want you to use that time to STUDY.
---kathr4453 on 7/5/11

Markv, again donna66 placed scripture ( maybe she memorized) on God in America. However the application was wrong. Has she STUDIED/Meditated on this particular verse, she would have known it did not apply to America. You see, the Holy Spirit would have taken her further in studying and shown her that.

But instead, she probably chose to memorize it...without any POWER IN IT.

And we all know those 9 verses you have memorized frontward and backward, again, misapplying. No Holy Spirit there either!
---kathr4453 on 7/5/11

Kathr, MarkV, we are to renew our minds, Rom 12:2, have the mind of Christ. Memorizing scripture has it's place, but without being born again it may be a futile exercise, yet again, the Word is Spirit, and life giving, so who knows How God may use it. Ultimately, we need to put our trust in the Lord, knowing that the Spirit will bring to remembrance what is needed. My trust is not based upon how well(or poorly) I am able quote chapter and verse, personally, it's not my forte, but I would like to improve in this.
---Christina on 7/5/11

Kathr, Your answers are not truth and don't know why you said them. People have been saved by Grace through faith all through the history of fallen mankind.
Second, you said,
"Memorizing scripture does not engraft it into your heart, and fruit cannot grow from your head."
Did you not know that the Holy Spirit speaks to our conscience? To our minds. I believe the mind is in the head. Romans 14 speaks of this. If your conscience tells you something is wrong, we should not egnore it for if we do, we train ourselves to egnore our conscience, and when God's Holy Spirit wants to use it, it is not going to be a good instrument. A new believers mind is always changing through the Word.
---Mark_V. on 7/5/11

elena,memorizing scripture is great,and can be accomplished with a heartfelt application by anyone,always remembering that application to life and living a lifstyle that proclaims to the world you follow jesus christ is what matters.
---tom2 on 7/4/11

hello! Have been prayerfully,readin' & yes! This was my first blogg..thankfull & have been really before God give HIM GLORY HONOR! learn to "digest' " the Word I call it that way get it n my Spirit! God very REAL always for me..yes, Responses here Everyone helped me.. I am humbled. Your word a Lamp unto my feet and a light to my path Ps.119:105 GRatefull So very much! ELENA
---ELENA on 7/4/11

Donna66, when David said those words, was the New Covenant in force where God's word is now written in our heart?

Paul talks about the ENGRAFTED/ implanted word of God. The WORD also is referred to as the seed, and once planted GROWS, matures inside to bring forth fruit.

That's the difference between teh OT written on stone, and NEW, writen on our heart, where WE become that open book anyone can read as they see Christ in you.

Memorizing scripture does not engraft it into your heart, and fruit cannot grow from your head.
---kathr4453 on 7/3/11

If you think you will NEVER be without access to the Bible, and you think "spiritual understanding" is all you need when you are isolated and persecuted and in pain...then by all means DON"T memorize any of the Word..

Psa 19:8-11-18 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
---Donna66 on 7/2/11

I think many have head knowledge, but no spiritual knowledge. The Lord brings scripture to mind through the spirit of our mind, not our intellect.

I remember once as a new christian being in a very difficult place, and just out of nowhere the Lord spoke to me through a verse. Now I had read that verse before, never memorized it or even knew what it meant UNTIL that day.

I searched for hours later until I finally found the was awesome. And at that time He spoke it to me, His presence with me was loud and clear. It gave me boldness like I never experienced before then.

The Word of God is LIVING and POWERFUL and sharper than a two edge sword.
---kathr4453 on 7/2/11

Memorizing is just a cranial activity and you can memorize the whole Bible yet not be spiritually enlightened at all.
---poopsey on 6/26/11

I remember reading about a man who memorized all the Psalms.

He was an Atheist!
---John on 7/2/11

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Donna true but God can pop a verse in your head when you are going through something and have a light bulb moment or a more complete definition or application of the verse. Paraphase Paul 'I did not know sin till I knew the Law, I did not understand the law until grace.' Paul knew the Law forward and backward (memorized) but did not understand the Law until conversion.
---Scott on 6/28/11

Scott--Quite possible. No question. We never understand the Words of God as fully as we could.

But why would anyone take the trouble to memorize something they don't understand?

I can't comprehend why so many people object to memorizing Scripture? Or is it just the idea of "memorizing" something that bothers them?
---Donna66 on 6/27/11

Tag on to Donna66 - And it is possible to memorize a verse and not understand it until God reveals it you though events, books, further Bible studies, etc.
---Scott on 6/27/11

Duane, I completely agree with you. I don't believe Donna66 was excluding the Spirit. In fact when a person has a passion for God, they will do anything in their power to learn God's Word, because they are let by the Spirit.
While we know there is many books out there that are not good for us by writers who twist the word, yet there is many that are great who God has gifted. God has gifted many to guide others to the meat of the Word. To grow from a child to an adult in Christ. No one can know everything there is to know on his own. I can tell from the first passages of any book if the book is useful or not but comparing what they say against the nature, character and attributes of God. If they speak opposing His diety, they are bad.
---Mark_V. on 6/26/11

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You don't need to memorize God's word. You need to meditate on it and understand it with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will remind you of pertinent scriptures at just the right time when you need them.

Meditating involves contemplating what is said and what it means. Memorizing is just a cranial activity and you can memorize the whole Bible yet not be spiritually enlightened at all.
---poopsey on 6/26/11

We can never fully understand Gods word with only reading the bible. We are and need to be led by the Spirit. Without the Spirit, the bible is but paper and ink. No wonder the differences and denominations.
Sometimes we need to stop reading and start praying. Ask and knowledge will be delivered.
---duane on 6/25/11

Donna66: "Understanding God's Word is still possible if you memorize God's word."

So true, but let's distinguish the difference between worldly understanding and spiritual understanding. Most christians have a worldly understanding of scripture, but lack spiritual understanding. They use concordances, christian dictionaries, novels, opinionated authors, and other christian reference books instead of what Jesus said. (Colossians 2:8-10) They have the knowledge of God, but deny his power. (Titus 1:16) This is the strong delusion during this last generation where christians who think they are christians, but are not who are taught by the denominational churches. (2 Timothy 3:5 and 2 Thessalonians 2:11)
---Steveng on 6/24/11

Just for clarification:

Understanding God's Word is still possible if you memorize God's word. So many imply it is either ONE or THE OTHER, and you must choose which is best. Not so! It's quite possible to do both (but memorization takes more work).
Nobody I know of has ever claimed memorizing the Word of God has anything to do with Salvation. But it can help one's spiritual growth.
---Donna66 on 6/23/11

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Craig, I also have many dreams about Scripture and passages at least 90% of my dreams. But I feel it is because of the topics I study and because the Word is with me almost the whole day. I believe since our lives revolve around the Word of God, most of our dreams come from His Word that is still in our minds and heart when we go to sleep. That is why I told someone else on another blog that her dreams might come because of movies or other things and not to take those dreams wrong. Our mind makes up things we see, read, hear and experience through the day.
---Mark_V. on 6/23/11

I dont know about anyone else but I have had dreams where the Spirit has given me scripture (that I have never even read) and when I awoke to read them it was exactly what I needed at that point in my life.

Many times throughout the day when Im stressed the Spirit reminds me of the words of scripture. Believe me, my memory is horrible and God knows it.
---CraigA on 6/21/11

i should say its better to learn it from when face with circumstances you can apply the word of God right away.its better than memorizing and have it as a brain knowldege
---mj on 6/21/11

Donna66, very good points you gave concerning the topic. I have memorize many passages and know where they are at. But my brother who was not even a Christian, could memorize almost all of Scripture. He had a photographic memory. Yet, all that did not save him, at least to my understanding. He learned not because he was interested in learning about God but because he was a book reader and covered all kinds of topics. He just wanted to know. Sometimes I wondered why God didn't give me that mind so that I could learn all there is to learn about God. But I'm bless with what He gave me.
---Mark_V. on 6/21/11

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steveng-- I've never tried to "do it" by myself. What makes you think that I do? The scriptures you cited are fine. I have fellowship with a group of like-minded Christians. They are truly brothers and sisters in the Lord. We can depend on each other in time of need and regularly lift one another up in prayer. What's the point you are trying to make?
---Donna66 on 6/20/11

steveng-- Do you think Christianity is based on laws? or a relationship with the Savior?

If you love someone, and see that they speak the truth, is it so strange that you want to remember their words? They are words you can share with others...but if they mean nothing to you, how will you know what to share and to whom?

Memorization means that you have access to scripture ANYTIME and ANYPLACE you are tempted or fearful or discouraged... without needing something in print.

Ps 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Ps 119:97 O, how I love your law. it is my meditation all the day.
Ps 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
---Donna66 on 6/20/11

Donna66: "Steveng-- If doing what strengthens me spiritually and draws me closer to the Lord is "selfish"....Then I plead guilty.

How can a person pick and chose what is right for himself? There are ten commandments, do you pick and chose the ones you want to obey? God forbid! Growing in Christ isn't just one person doing it by themselves, it takes fellowship to make sure one person stays on the right path towards the Kingdom of God.

Do the bible search for the words I wrote on the 6/17/11 post and you,ll see that you cannot do it by yourself.
---Steveng on 6/19/11

I agree with Blogger9211, but not with his first sentence. Memorizing is good so long as the one memorizing knows the particulars of the passage he memorized. Not only the context but as he said who wrote it and to whom was the passage speaking to, the culture and so many other things. Another thing, not many are gifted to memorize as easy as others. So many need help from those gifted by God to help the Christian on things they are not capable to understand yet. Greek and Hebrew words that are use in Scripture are very important understand. The most important part is the Spirit. Such a God cannot be found out by searching. He can be known only as He is revealed to the heart by the Holy Spirit through the Word.
---Mark_V. on 6/18/11

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Steveng-- If doing what strengthens me spiritually and draws me closer to the Lord is "selfish"....Then I plead guilty.

I did not say I wouldn't, or couldn't, share the scriptures with others....especially if I see them struggling with the very problems addressed by the scriptures that I know by heart.
But I cannot determine ahead of time, the individual needs of every person I meet. And memorizing for the sole purpose of repeating them for someone else seems to me no better than just directing them to scripture to read for themselves.
---Donna66 on 6/18/11

Donna66 (a reply to her 6/16/11 post) That is certainly a selfish attitude to take. Every word of God should have meaning to everyone, not just a verse here and a verse there. It's not all about you, it's about everyone around you. Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," "encourag," and "comfort" to know what christian living is all about. Doing it your way is putting you on a pedestal, doing it God's way is putting everyone else on a pedestal.
---Steveng on 6/17/11

Steveng: I don't agree that you should memorize, only "what's meaningful to the whole church of God"

1. It's YOUR memory. You decide what you want to keep there...what best represents your personal relationship with God.
2. If it isn't special to you, your motivation to memorize will be halfhearted at best.
3.All scriptures are not equally meaningful to all Christians. If there is a certain verse that has helped you in your Christian life...that's one you need to keep in memory for your own future need or to share with someone else.
4. How do you know what's "meaningful to the whole church". Do you take a poll? or do YOU decide what SHOULD be meaningful to them? Who are you to decide?
---Donna66 on 6/16/11

Donna66: "How do you decide what to memorize? SIMPLE. You memorize what is especially meaningful to you."

Nonsense. It's what's meaningful to the whole church of God.

Donna66: "WHY would anybody try to memorize something they considered useless."

ALL of scripture is useful for the preaching of the Kingdom of God and answering all questions in and out of season.
---Steveng on 6/16/11

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How do you decide what to memorize? SIMPLE. You memorize what is especially meaningful to you. WHY would anybody try to memorize something they considered useless.
The advantage of memorizing while young is that things learned at an early age stick with you.

Can you still remember a nursery rhyme (before they were deemed politically incorrect)? But you haven't used one recently, I'll bet.
What about other childhood verses: "eeny meeny miney mo"---bet you remember the rest! "sticks and stones may break my bones...." bet you haven't used that as an adult. But you remember it. Jump rope rhymes? I still remember several.
---Donna66 on 6/16/11

Francis--The question wasn't about how many have memorized the whole Bible. That would have been very few. I personally have known only one.

Here is our conversation.
//Francis-- I've known several people who knew, word for word, not only the book of Jude (a very short book), but also Isiah, Jeremiah, Proverbs and others//
//Correction, you have known FEW people who can do that
//Francis--- Several is what I meant.
Several--Being of a number more than two or three but not many.//----Donna
---Donna66 on 6/16/11

---James_L,---Donna66 on 6/16/11

Can we just agree that FEW people can memorize the whole bible? I mean lets be honest about this one fact.

Seme people can memorize a book or two, some a verse or two, but FEW can do the whole bible
---francis on 6/16/11

After putting my last post, and seeing the posts that follow, I have now PROVEN with 100% accuacy my point - those that think that memorizing scripture is not good do so because they are 100% AGAINST (NOT in line with) the Bible, but only with their own opinions, and they are also NOT Christians but FAKES. Seeing this for myself is sad and scary.
---Leslie on 6/16/11

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leslie, you cannot even read short blogs for all they are worth, so how can i think that you can read or memorize or understand the bible for all it is worth?

memorization is good, but understanding should precede.

my opinion was about your use of God's Word not God's Word itself. of the Absolute, I hold no opinion.
---aka on 6/16/11

that is why christians are nothing but EXPERTS IN QUOTING THE BIBLE.
what's worst is they would quote something that not only help but add more problems.

quote to somebody 'DENY YOURSELF' self is a sin when he is suffering from nervous breakdown or is lonely.
or christians say that suffering is a result of sin then finding that somebody's child has cancer

thank you
---mike on 6/16/11


My son, who is 5, has memorized Psalm 100 (when he was 3) and Psalm 96 (when he was 4) along with Genesis 1:1, John 1:1, John 3:16 and a few of other verses.

If a 3 or 4 year old can memorize, so can adults. And Psalm 96 is about the same length as Jude

He has astonished many people with his scripture memory. Some of his mom's friends think it's foolish and mockingly call him "the prophet"

It can be done.
---James_L on 6/16/11

Francis--- Several is what I meant.
Several--Being of a number more than two or three but not many.
---Donna66 on 6/16/11

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Francis-- I've known several people who knew, word for word, not only the book of Jude (a very short book), but also Isiah, Jeremiah, Proverbs and others.
---Donna66 on 6/16/11
Correction, you have knowb FEW people who can do that
---francis on 6/16/11

I wrote scriptures down on index cards and took them with me wherever I went until I had them memorized.

I started with who I am in Christ Jesus. I am the Righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. I am more than a conqueror to Him who loves me. Then I memorized Psalm 103. Then I memorzed things in the Gospel of John. Whatever speaks to your heart first, write those scripturers down on an index card and carry it with you until you have it memorized or until it becomes Spirit and Life to you (alive to you).
---Donna5535 on 6/16/11

Francis-- I've known several people who knew, word for word, not only the book of Jude (a very short book), but also Isiah, Jeremiah, Proverbs and others.
In fact, I had a Sunday school teacher, once, who had been totally blind since childhood. She knew by heart, entire Bible Genesis through Revelation. She taught for years and no one ever caught her giving a false reference of a misquoted verse.

Sadly, today, children are not taught to memorize anything because it has been declared "too difficult" and considered not helpful in understanding.
I had to memorize portions from Shakespearep and other classic writers when in school. It wasn't easy, but it was possible....and required both discipline and understanding.
---Donna66 on 6/16/11

Memorizing the Scripture does not save a soul but only being in God's covenant of grace does. In other words, salvation is not of man's will but of God who shows mercy. No one can stand before God without His gift of faith in Jesus Christ and live.
---christan on 6/16/11

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Memorization of the bible? Give me a break!!!
You may be able to memorize a few verses, maybe one or two short chapters. But who here can recall word for word the book of Jude?

Learn the precepts of God.
Learn the doctrine of God.
Learn the laws of God

You can lern all the doctrines, precepts and laws, but few, very very very very few can memorize the whole bible

So then how do you decide which books and verses to memorize?
---Francis on 6/16/11

It is interesting to me that the ones that say that memorization of scripture is not good are the very ones that the majority of their blog responses go AGAINST the Bible, and are based on their personal opinions. It would be interesting to find out if those same people even know the first 5 books of the O.T. or the first 4 books in the N.T. - they will probably be the majority of "Christians" out there that know NOTHING about the Bible and Christianity as the recent stats say. If you don't know what the Word says, how can you do the Word?
---Leslie on 6/16/11

Excellent point(s) Donna, and surprisingly (or not?), God is doing amazing things in some of these areas. A friend of mine is living in China, where they do as you said, always changing meeting places/times, some arrested etc. My friend loves the Lord like no one else I know. Absolutely EVERYTHING is about Jesus. We in much of the world are in a certain comfort zone, and I believe it's spiritually dangerous. The "church" is often complacent, but God is/will shake what can be shaken.
---christina on 6/15/11

//...I wasn't trying to memorize it, it just happened.// James L

i believe this is the only way...for scripture that is.

like all of our relationships, the more time we spend with and live out scripture, as it is, the more we come to know it.

thus, memory of scripture becomes a part of us regardless of our best efforts to memorize verses.
---aka on 6/15/11

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If anyone is paying attention to the state of Christianity around the world, they will see that having a Bible to read, is a privilege thousands are denied.
And Christians imprisoned for the cause of Christ are not allowed any written scripture.

It's not unusual for Christians to risk their lives in passing tattered pages of scripture from person to person. These single pages, or parts thereof, are recopied by hand and shared with others.

Who can be sure we won't someday be in the same situation? If the Word of God is written on our hearts and memories, no one can take it from us. It's always there to strengthen, comfort and give hope to others in the midst of torture, deprivation, fear or loneliness.
---Donna66 on 6/15/11

As Isa 29:11 tells us, God's word is "sealed".

But Isa 29:18 tells us of the day when the "deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of the obscurity, and out of darkness".

Rev 5:1-5 shows it is Christ who opens the book.

It is the spirit within you that gives understanding.

1John2:27 "the annointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and you have no need that any man teach you: but as the same annointing teacheth you all things, and is truth..."
---Haz27 on 6/15/11

good stuff through and through.

I once had just about memorized the first 10 chapters of the book of Romans when I was studying it a lot. I wasn't trying to memorize it, it just happened.

Same way with Galatians, Ephesians, and a few others.

But I am not a firm advocate of rote memory. If the scriptures you're trying memorize don't have any near application it's harder to remember, let alone memorize verbatim.
---James_L on 6/15/11

//i have known many that know scripture verbatim and do not know how to apply it. //

//Your problem is that you call God and His Word a lie and your opinion truth. // leslie

case in point...thank you. you goulash soup went from bland to bitter.

the problem is that most memorize individual verses and "catch-all" phrases. this often leads to contextual problems, spiritual blindness, and misapplication.

writing God's word on your heart and "study" to show thine self approved may include memorization, but memorization and academic exercise in itself does not ensure understanding.
---aka on 6/15/11

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Blogger 9211
//Memorization of scripture and reciting it shows you are no better than a Parrot//

Are you saying that memorizing means you don't understand? Is it not possible to both understand and memorize? Memorizing something you don't understand is quite difficult.

Do Christians know as much as possible about scripture? No, most do not... whether or not they memorize it.
---Donna66 on 6/15/11

Memoriazed verses is just as ineffective as memorized prayer. All the memorization in the world will not get you any closer to God. The same goes for repeated prayers - very ineffective. Mere memorization of words will not bring gladness to your heart. What you must strive for is the spiritual understanding of the context of God's words. don't let memorization fool you into believing that's all you need to do. Even atheists know the words of the bible, but miss the spiritual meaning.
---Steveng on 6/15/11

Memorizing scripture is good and Biblical. Think about it, if you do not know what the Bible says, how can you live it and do it? The Bible says we are to be doers and not just hearers, but how can you do unless you have heard? How do you hear, by reading scripture out loud to yourself (Faith comes by HEARING the Word). If I were your parent and got mad at you for not taking out the trash, but never told you I wanted you to take out the trash, then I am being unreasonable - If God wants us to do His Word, but we don't know what it says to do, then how can we do it?
---Leslie on 6/15/11

Memorization of scripture and reciting it shows you are no better than a Parrot.

That is wisdom...
---atheist on 6/15/11

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Elena: The best way to memorize God's Word is to internalize it by making it a part of your daily life. Make what you read, & gain understanding from, personal. God's truth applied not only to the people in the Bible but to everyone past, present & future.
---Leon on 6/15/11

Memorization of scripture and reciting it shows you are no better than a Parrot. Understanding scripture is want is important. It requires much more than reading the Bible. It requires a knowledge of world history, geography, cultural anthropology and original language biblical linguistics. You have to know who your author is, who is being address, the subject being discussed and the reason for the communication. Some text as with Paul's letters are hard to follow as you are only see the correspondence what Paul was having written and send to the churches he founded, not what he was receiving in written or oral form to which was he responding with his letters.
---Blogger9211 on 6/15/11

aka - I am only saying what the Bible says to do to memorize scripture. Your problem is that you call God and His Word a lie and your opinion truth. Jesus Himself prayed that their eyes and ears may be open to see and hear. Whether you realize it or not, in going by your opinion and not the Bible, you are truly blind and deaf.
---Leslie on 6/15/11

I think scripture memorization is very helpful.
A few scriptures,I've encountered so often, I can quote them word for word. (A note of caution, however, sometimes we inadvertently mis-quote a scripture so often we believe the misquote! It's good to check these for accuracy from time to time)

Other verses, I have memorized deliberately because they were a source of strength or comfort to me...instantly, any time, any place, no Bible needed.

I'm sorry that children are hardly ever required to memorize scripture.
Experience shows that things committed to memory early in life, often remain in the memory for a lifetime.
---Donna66 on 6/15/11

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The Old Testament is based or stories passed down by word of month from generation to generation that were eventually recorded edited and blended into the modern Masoretic Hebrew text. While Old Testament text reproduction was generally accurate, New Testament textual reproduction from 1st through 4th centuries was exceptionally hap hazard often reproduced by a slave reading a text and others trying to copy what was being said resulting in cascading textual corruption. The modern New Testament is dominantly due to the work of Kurt and Barbra Aland comparative analysis of hundreds of papyri, uncials, Minuscules and lectionaries. If your new Testament is more that 60 years old replace it with one using NA27 as the Greek source text.
---Blogger9211 on 6/15/11

Don't try to memorize the bible. Memorization is from the mind, wisdom comes from the heart.

Reading the bible from beginning to end builds on your knowledge of God and his relationship with his people. As your knowledge grows so does your faith. Once your relationship with God becomes stronger and more intimate, then you can depend solely on the Holy Spirit to bring to rememberance of all scripture.

By the way, meditating on God's word is not the same as memorization.
---Steveng on 6/14/11


I have considered it

The chapter on a whole speaks about the hardness and pride in their lives.

That they refude to learn the precpts of God. Verse 7-8 especially speaks of how they erred in many things

Verses 9-10 says that they had been taught well by God, precept upon precpt, line upon line like you would a child.

verses 11-13 talks about future conquest of these people who refused to be taught by God, that they will be taught by other people.

But Gods way of teaching them was precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little there a little, but because they refuse to follow they will be taken away and others will teach them.

Do you remember the roles of the Nethenims in Ezra?
---francis on 6/14/11

Hi, Elena (c: I may not try to memorize a verse, but as I write about God to people I use scripture verses. After I have used a verse a number of times and have double-checked it and its punctuation a number of times, I get it and can quote it. And these verses add up (c: So, in giving I get what I have been giving. And so I learn the ones that maybe are helping me the most and that I use to help others.
---Bill_willa6989 on 6/14/11

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leslie, one is in trouble if that person is deaf or mute. do you have no hope if you are deaf/mute?

your mish-mash of scriptural concept soup maybe tasty for some...but it is a bit bland for me.

i have known many that know scripture verbatim and do not know how to apply it.

i have found that a combination of aural and verbal and written exercises are best to memorize anything.

when my son had to memorize the preamble to the us constitution, we broke it down into parts, built on the parts, and then put it all together again. he learned it pretty fast.

however, as far as scripture, know the context first, then memorize.
---aka on 6/15/11

Try to do a study on salvation. what you will have to do is go from one book to the other, ( here a little, there a little)
Ot just type salvation into your bible word search, again you will see salvation in more than one book.
And considering that your precept will be salvation, it will be precept upon precept.
---francis on 6/15/11

Francis said:
"Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there a little:
this is a gauranteed way to learn all the scriptures"

But had you considered Isa28:13 as well in regards to learning as you suggested?

Isa28:13 "...that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken."

Also consider Isa29:10-13
"...and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men".
---Haz27 on 6/14/11

If you follow the biblical, God given method of study, you will learn the scriptures perfectly.

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there a little:

this is a gauranteed way to learn all the scriptures
---Francis on 6/14/11

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yeah it is hard memorizing the Bible. I hate especially trying to remember the chapter and verse. If something profound hits me I can usually remember it very well but the chapter and verse baffles me sometimes. But if I read the Bible more than watching TV or other stuff I would be much better.
---Scott on 6/14/11

To memorize God's Word is like memorizing your multiplication tables - what did you do, you spoke them out loud several times (ex: 1 x 1 = 1, 2 x 2 = 4, etc.). The Bible says FAITH comes by HEARING the Word - how do you hear the Word, by speaking it out loud. The Bible says God will write His Word on our hearts - how does this happen - by CONFESSION with the MOUTH (out of the mouth confession is made) and then that confession (speaking out loud) goes into your ear hole (where faith comes by hearing the Word).
---Leslie on 6/14/11

You can write them down, this helps instill the words into your memory. Read 1 verse, then say it out loud without looking at it. Read the next verse and say it out loud without looking at it. Now read both verses, then say them both out loud without looking at them. Write these 2 verses down on a piece of paper to carry with you throughout the day, then occassionally say them without looking at them, if you forget the precise words then look at the paper and read them to yourself, put the paper back out of sight and try saying them again out loud. Over the following days simply add another verse to the two you have memorized and continue on. Soon you will have large parts of the scripture memorized.
---Eloy on 6/14/11

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