Two weeks ago, I shared a new Bible Study technique that I learned through Proverbs 31 Ministry called verse mapping. To refresh yourself on verse mapping, you can read that post here.
The verse I mapped this week is my memory verse this week from my online Bible Study through Proverbs Ministry. We are studying the new book by Karen Ehman called, “Keep It Shut: What To Say, When To Say It and When To Say Nothing At All.” It’s a fantastic book and I urge you to check it out!
My memory verse this week is from the book of Proverbs:
“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” (Proverbs 11:13.
That seems pretty straight forward, doesn’t it? Don’t gossip. End of story. But, when you verse map the verse and personalize it, well, it might look something like this:
“My idle talk about the personal affairs of others will disappoint the hope, trust and reliability that others have in me. However, when I am dependable and deserving of trust, I will hold as my own, the knowledge of all my faithful confidants.”
I didn’t take anything away from the scripture’s meaning, but rather expanded upon it by simply adding pronouns and looking up the meaning of the words found within the verse.
The verse takes on a more deeper, personal meaning simply by looking up the meanings of some words found within the verse.
I challenge you to take a verse this week, perhaps one that you hold as a favorite, grab a color pen and a dictionary and then verse map it; re-writing it with the meanings of the words written out. It is so cool to see how much more meaningful that verse will become for you.
If your willing to share, please snap a picture and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post some 🙂
Oh, here’s my verse all mapped out: