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Question May all men make use of the holy scriptures?
Answer All men are not only permitted, but commanded and exhorted to read, hear, and understand the holy scriptures. 1
[1] John 5:38; 17:17–18; Revelation 1:3; Acts 8:30

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Should the scriptures be read?

Seek ye out of the book of the Lord and read,
Isaiah 34:16

Should we read them to ourselves?

The eunuch returning and sitting in his chariot read Isaiah the prophet,
Acts 8:28

Should we read them to others?

Thou shalt read this law before all Israel,
Deuteronomy 31:11

And should we cause others to read them?

Cause that this epistle be read also in the church of the Laodiceans,
Colossians 4:16

Should the scriptures be read attentively?

What is written in the law, how readest thou,
Luke 10:26

Should they be read diligently?

Search the scriptures,
John 5:39

Should we persevere in reading of them?

He shall read therein all the days of his life,
Deuteronomy 17:19

Should we do this particularly on the sabbath-day?

For they were read every sabbath-day,
Acts 13:27

And should we prefer them to all other writings?

For what is the chaff to the wheat,
Jeremiah 23:28

Was reading the scriptures an ancient custom?

For Moses of old time was read in the synagogues,
Acts 15:21

Was it the practice of Christ?

As his custom was, he went up into the synagogue and stood up for to read,
Luke 4:16

Is the matter contained in the scripture worthy of our attention?

In them ye think ye have eternal life,
John 5:39

Does the neglect hereof lead to ignorance and error?

Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures,
Matthew 22:29

And is a blessing promised to the diligent performance of it?

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy,
Revelation 1:3

Should the word of God be heard?

He that is of God, heareth God’s word,
John 8:47

Should all God’s word be heard?

We are here present to hear all things that are commanded thee of God,
Acts 10:33

Should we hear God’s word with holy reverence?

The Lord looketh to him that trembleth at his word,
Isaiah 66:2

And with delight?

The common people heard Christ gladly,
Mark 12:37

And in faith?

Believe his prophets, so shall you prosper,
2 Chronicles 20:20

And with meekness?

With meekness receive the ingrafted word,
James 1:21

And with settled resolutions of obedience?

We must observe to do,
Deuteronomy 32:46

Should we desire to hear the word again and again?

They besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath-day,
Acts 13:42

Do all thus hear the word?

Some put the word of God from them,
Acts 13:46

Is this an instance of their folly?

Lo! they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom is in them,
Jeremiah 8:9

And will it be to their prejudice?

Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed,
Proverbs 13:13

Should we be careful to understand the scriptures?

Whosoever readeth let him understand,
Matthew 24:15

Are there some things in scripture difficult to be understood?

In which are some things hard to be understood,
2 Peter 3:16

Does this call for diligence?

If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasure, then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord,
Proverbs 2:4–5

And for prayer?

Open thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things, out of thy law,
Psalm 119:18

Have all an understanding of the scriptures?

Some are without understanding,
Romans 1:31

Is this owing in some to wilful negligence?

They know not, neither will they understand,
Psalm 82:5

And in others to judicial blindness?

Make the heart of this people fat, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes, lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand,
Isaiah 6:10

Is the scripture like to be wrested by those that do not understand it?

Which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest,
2 Peter 3:16

And is the case of such deplorable?

If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost,
2 Corinthians 4:3

Are we not only permitted but commanded and exhorted to make use of the holy scriptures?

Let him that hath an ear to hear, hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches,
Revelation 2:29

Is this the duty of all?

Give ear O heavens and I will speak, and hear O earth the words of my mouth,
Deuteronomy 32:1

Is it the duty of ministers as well as people?

Give attendance unto reading,
1 Timothy 4:13

And of young as well as old?

From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
2 Timothy 3:15

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Question Is the word of God to be read by all?
Answer Although all are not to be permitted to read the word publicly to the congregation, 1 yet all sorts of people are bound to read it apart by themselves, 2 and with their families: 3 to which end, the holy scriptures are to be translated out of the original into vulgar languages. 4
[1] Deuteronomy 31:9, 11–13; Nehemiah 8:2–3; 9:3–5
[2] Deuteronomy 17:19; Revelation 1:3; Isaiah 34:16
[3] Deuteronomy 6:6–9; Genesis 18:17; Psalm 78:5–7
[4] 1 Corinthians 14:6, 9, 11–12, 15–16, 24, 27–28