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Subject: A little poll about your Bible
Date Posted: 4/12/2008 11:28 PM ET
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Just curious: do you write and/or highlite in your Bible? DH and I have a constant debate about this. He is horrified at the thought of a mark or highlite being in his Bible, while I am one of those who writes in the margins and highlites with joyous abandon. I like being able to pinpoint a pertinent scripture or look back at something I wrote that I gleaned from a particular verse. I do, however, understand where he is coming from in not wanting to write in his Bible. What do you do- clean or marked?? 

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 12:25 AM ET
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I definitely highlight verses I've memorized or that are especially meaningful to me at a particular moment.  If the reference slips my mind I am more likely to find it again if it's marked.   I got my boys these cool dry highlighters for Christmas that will highlight the page without bleeding through the other side.  Love It!

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Date Posted: 4/13/2008 4:43 AM ET
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I mark everywhere while hubby is horrified to watch me with a pen


Date Posted: 4/13/2008 7:21 AM ET
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definitely weigh in on the side of underlining, writing, and highlighting in my Bible...

we are instructed to Study our Bibles and when you study something you underline important portions of what you are studying, correct?  So, if the Bible is our Textbook wouldn't that mean it would have underlining and such in it...

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 8:33 AM ET
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I am one who was taught never to mark the Bible alway use a note book. I am working on changing it but it isn't easy.

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 9:25 AM ET
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My grandmother's Bible was so completely marked up and studied that she had to get a new one.  That's how I want to be.  So I've never had any reservations about it, although I do understand the hesitations of others.

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Date Posted: 4/13/2008 10:05 AM ET
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Christy- that is exactly what I tell DH when he watches me mark in my Bible with a horrified look on his face, LOL. The funny thing is that now he will say, "you know that verse you read me the other night? Well, did you highlite it so we can find it again?"

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 1:17 PM ET
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My husband thinks the Bible should be kept in pristine condition and he too, is horrified to see all the writing, underlining and highlighting in my Bible. (Not to mention the notes I have taped to the inside covers and page size post-its that are on the pages where the maps are.)

I tell him that it is fine, if that is how he wants to treat his Bible.  I understand his thinking.  But to me, I want to be be able to read the notes and find the scripture I am looking for easily. I think it is all up to the individual. The important thing is that you actually read it and regularly. That is what really matters.

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 3:02 PM ET
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My mother, one of the most devote Christians I've known, always told me that a worn out Bible was a sign of a Bible used often!   She marked, highlighted, made notes, stuck notes in, and wrote on blank pages.   Now that she is gone her Bible is a treasured possession.        I could understand never writing in a Bible IF you could never get another one.   But in this day and age, if we use up a Bible, then Thank God, we can buy another one. 

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 4:42 PM ET
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"The important thing is that you actually read it and regularly. That is what really matters."


Date Posted: 4/13/2008 5:02 PM ET
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I have an old NIV from 1980-something, which I always come back to.  I've tried others, but I like this translation and it has lots of underlining, plus I've written lists in the front and back of scriptures to use when telling someone about the gospel, etc. 

On the other hand, I've tried studying using Kay Arthur's underlining method and it drives me crazy! LOL!  I like to do it my own quirky way.  TOO MUCH method just gets in my way.

**The funny thing is that now he will say, "you know that verse you read me the other night? Well, did you highlite it so we can find it again?"**  Pat, that's SO FUNNY!



Date Posted: 4/14/2008 8:09 AM ET
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I've always been one to highlight, underline, make notes, etc.  I finally had to replace my Bible (it was falling apart), and my new one is still pretty "naked".  :-) 

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 12:16 PM ET
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Yes, but I use one of those "dry" marking pens (more like a wax crayon) works great, doesn't bleed through to the other side of the page.

I used to be one of those people who wanted an unmarked Bible, but since I'm getting older, I can really see the value of underlining!  It helps me remember those Scriptures that are important to me (and you know how us old folks forget things....lol.)

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 12:23 PM ET
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I mark in mine!

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 12:18 AM ET
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Mine is so highlighted, written in, notated, and dog-eared that I'm considering getting a new one for church! But then I'd have to start all over again with my notes!

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 4:25 PM ET
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I love mine marked up.  I have a children's living one that I highlighted and made notes in as a child.  I also have an NIV study Bible (broken spine and water damaged, too) that is marked up and written in from Bible College.  My MIL just got me a new one, but I can't bring myself to use it because it's "too clean".  I'll be wanting to find a verse and I will remember that it's underlined in red in the Children's Living Bible at the bottom of the right hand page, so it makes it easier for me to find it.    :)

When my great-grandma died, her prized possession was her Bible that was absolutely falling apart and written in everywhere.  I can't think of a better earthly possession to leave behind that would reflect on a life well-lived.

At least you can compromise and he can keep his clean and you can write in yours!  :)


Phooey on pristine Bibles

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 10:09 PM ET
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I have salted little comments for my son throughout my Bible that I hope he will discover some day after I am gone. I want this to be part of my legacy to him.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 1:25 AM ET
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I always feel bad writing in my Bible, but I'm starting to see the benefit of it. I need one that doesn't have those ultra-thin pages, so when I DO write in it, it doesn't show through to the other side so badly.


Date Posted: 6/2/2008 5:23 PM ET
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Not only do I highlight in my bible but I use colored pencils! lol I write in the margins and make other notations.

DH wants to get me a new bible (nasb) but I told him I didn't want to start over and my nkj is just fine.

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 9:01 PM ET
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I highlight and make notations a lot.  I have one that I had from HS graduation (it was actually a grad gift from my former pastor) through my 20s or so that is pretty well marked up.  I have a habit of especially marking favorite verses or verses I have found seeking comfort, etc.  It's interesting to go back and look at what I've marked.  I got a new one fairly recently and it is pretty bare.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 11:56 PM ET
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I don't write in my Bible, but I don't write in any books.   Even in college, I had a hard time marking up my text books.  I don't know, it's just something that I don't like to do.  I don't think I could tell you the last time I wrote in any book, for any reason. 

I do always have paper near me when studying my Bible, and I write down lots of stuff.  I keep it in a 3 ring binder.   I have bible study notes, prayer journals, other thoughts/musings/bits from interesting books/songs/teachings etc all in there. 


Date Posted: 6/5/2008 1:27 PM ET
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I tend to hate to write in books, but my bible is the one exception.  I really like to be able to mark favorite verses, or make notes for myself in the margins.  I only use pencil, though, and definitely no highlighting.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 3:54 PM ET
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I highlight... but I have bibles from when I was a teenager, and wow is it funny to see what I highlighted THEN versus what I'm highlighting now!  I literally started a whole new study bible because I was ANNOYED at my own highlights!

Subject: Highlight book
Date Posted: 6/9/2008 3:14 PM ET
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Pat N

  I highlight in my Bible . I dont see anything wrong with that .At least my Bible isnt growing dust on it . So I think its ok to highlight or markings .Just an opinion of course.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 11:45 AM ET
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I heard a good one today.  "A bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who's not" - Rosalind Moss.  I thought that was a profound statement.  I highlight, mark, make notes, whatever I need to help me remember.  I assume that I will pass it on to my kids and maybe they can use my markings to help them on their journies.