Bible School: Understanding the use of punctuation& sentence structure

Hey Luvs

Praise God for a brand new day!

Today I will continue the series Bible study but we will look at punctuation and it's use in understanding the word.

When you read  the Bible you will see that it is divided into Books (Genesis to Revelation). Within these books are chapters and verses (usually in numbers).

Often when we read the Bible we tend to read without pausing or paying attention to where we are supposed to stop and start again. Or where we are supposed to meditate on what the word is saying.

For example we see the word Selah a lot. What does this mean? Selah is placed there for you to pause. This is often seen in the book of Psalms. Possibly due to the fact that most of Psalms are songs and when we are singing worship we must be able to let the words minister to us. So when you pause or stop and reflect on the words you gain a deeper understating.

Let's look at this text:

You will see that there are full stops (.), commas (,) semicolon (;)  and question marks (?). Also the use of capital letters. All of this has a relevance and the aim is for you to grasp the importance of what the writer is saying. The use of Italics in a sentence. Also a change of colour when a particular person is speaking.

In the new testament you will see that when the writer is describing what Jesus Himself was saying this is highlighted in RED. This is to let the reader know that it is Jesus speaking and NOT them.

A full stop is the most prevalent punctuation mark, it is there to inform the reader that the sentence has come to an end. Capital letters are used to begin a new sentence or when the writer is describing God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit. Sometimes nouns (describing words) are used to describe God. In the English Language capital letters are often used to  describe people of status/names/titles. This shows reverence to God.

A comma is used to separate parts of sentences. The semicolon is used to separate items which could be written as independent sentences but close in meaning.

The question mark is used well..to ask a question. The writer wants you to assess what they are saying. It is used after a direct question to get you to think! We can argue that it is used as an interrogative mark...to get you stirred up!

Finally the use of italics this is what they look like (Italics) . This is used in the scripture above and in the Bible to distinguish certain words from others. It is to set it apart from the surrounding text . You will find that as a result you will pay more attention to these words and it's impact on the rest of the sentence. You will also find that it adds volume to the context of what the writer is saying!

There is so much more we can explore when looking at scripture. These are merely a few ways to enrich your learning and Bible study!

I hope you have been blessed!

Remain Blessed and highly favoured

All things pink and pretty x


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