(Greg Koukl – Stand to Reason) Let me offer you a warning that will vastly improve your ability to understand Scripture—if you heed it. It’s an insight for every person who has ever asked, “How does this verse apply to my life?” Here it is: There are no verses in the Bible. Nope. Not one. At least, not in the original, and that’s the Bible that matters.
Let’s start with a definition. A “verse” is a passage of Scripture distinguished from other passages of Scripture by a numerical address (e.g., John 3:16, famously)….
Those numbers, though, were not in the original. They were inserted sixteen centuries later in 1551 by French printer Robert Stephanus.
There’s good news and bad news about verse numbers. The good news is, they make it easier to find stuff. The bad news is, they make it easier to get stuff wrong. I have two pieces of advice to help you avoid that pitfall.
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