Using NLT in Bible Study

Using NLT in Bible Study

Since we have decided to make the NLT a main translation, I wanted to share some helpful tips on using NLT in Bible study and getting the most from your time…


  1. Always read in a word for word translation first. I admit this may pose a challenge but when you get to step 2 and beyond it will make sense. If you do not have a 2nd Bible, you will find Bible Gateway or Bible Hub to be very helpful. I like to use either ESV or NASB 1st.
  2. Read your selected text a 2nd time in NLT and note any differences you find. Don’t be surprised if your NLT sounds different; it should. It should also feel easier to understand.
  3. Read any footnotes (not study Bible commentary). Footnotes will help you understand why your NLT says what it does. There will be alternate translations and perhaps some context provided.
  4. Look for any references that may have been provided. Scripture always helps you understand Scripture so you will want to look for cross-references.
  5. Consult your resources. Here are a few of the resources I use to understand and interpret Scripture: IVP Bible Background Commentary, MacArthur New Testament Commentary and Study Bible, Guzik’s Commentary (, Matthew Henry’s Commentary.


Lastly, put your notes together to form your interpretation of Scripture. Pay special attention to anything the text directly or indirectly requires you to do.


More will come, Beloved, but for now this is a good start.

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