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by Kate McKenzie August 05, 2022 2 min read

"My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God." (Proverbs 2:1-5, ESV)

Bible nerds, unite! 

Kidding, but also not kidding. Cross-referencing is such a fun place to "geek out" and dig deep. This method of letting Scripture interpret Scripture is so meaningful. It truly is like digging for treasure.

We take time to look at the cross-references of an individual verse to help us better understand the meaning of that verse. Seeing how it ties in to other verses, and even books, of the Bible can be so humbling. It begins to help you see the bigger story of the Bible and how it truly is God-inspired.

How to Cross-Reference

Using Your Bible

Your Bible will likely have cross-references built in already. These often appear in the form of small letters linked to lists that contain related references elsewhere in the Bible. This is a great place to start.

If you're not yet familiar with abbreviations for books of the Bible, or don't have your "sea legs" when it comes to actually finding books of the Bible, take your time. Practice and be patient with yourself. Use the table of contents at the beginning of your Bible. This often contains a list of book abbreviations as well.

You don't have to write down every single cross-reference in your Abidible study. Select the ones that God particularly illuminates and be content to move on when it's time. Don't rush, but don't overwhelm yourself.

Using an App or Online Tool

There are many tools you can use online to help you look at the cross-references of any given verse. Use the one(s) you are familiar with. We like the ease of use that Blue Letter Bible's Cross-reference tool offers. Here's a brief tutorial on how to use it:

Want real training and practice with cross-referencing? Get both in our "How to Study the Bible" course! Click the link to learn more.

Let's Abide,

Kate and Jason

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