5 Tips That Will Ignite Your Bible Reading

Day 4 of 5 • This day’s reading


It’s easy for the Bible to start to “sound the same” in our heads. The more familiar we are with the Bible – or even specific parts of the Bible – the easier it is to let our minds drift as we read. This is especially true if we only read our “favorite” translation. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly fine to have a favorite translation. A translation you trust. A translation you use to internalize verses or sections. A translation that “sounds right” in your head. 

But this reading plan is about “igniting your Bible reading.” Since you started the plan, I’m assuming your joy and passion for Bible reading isn’t what you long for it to be. If that’s the case, try reading a short passage in your favorite translation – and several others!

Notice the different word choices the translators use. Notice what phrases stand out to you in one translation that you may have missed in the translation you’re familiar with. 

Make sure you choose a few translations written at different reading levels. There are so many good translations out there. A translation written at a 10th Grade level will bring different nuances to life than one written at a 6th Grade level. 

Read the passage slowly. Pause to pray, ponder, or jot notes in your journal. Then switch translations and do the same thing. 

Few things rekindle your joy for Bible reading as much as seeing a familiar passage in a brand new light!

Here is a link to a blog pos t I wrote about different translations. It includes an infographic with the reading levels for the 15 most popular translations.