Recently there was a thread asking for suggestions regarding biblical commentaries. I was just wondering what role you believe is appropriate for commentary within personal biblical studies. My position is that before one thinks of picking up a commentary that person needs to have prayerfully read through the passage and considered it enough to have formed an opinion or interpretation. Then and only then is it appropriate to examine commentaries for interpretation or explanation. And even here it is better to carefully consider the different understandings of a few godly scholars rather than adopt the thoughts of a favorite commentator, preacher, or pastor. My reasoning is that men are fallible and prone to error. The Holy Spirit unveils truth, but even godly men see through the glass dimly. If we were to start with commentary then we predisposition ourselves to a particular position or view. If I tell you that the ink blot is a bat, then it will always be difficult but to see the bat in the blot. Another issue along these lines is how we study Scripture. I am always amazed at the care and detail some to spend researching their favorite hobby, or memorizing sports stats, but when it comes to the Word of God they approach unprepared believing that the Holy Spirit will somehow make up for their lack of discipleship. The Spirit reveals and unveils what God has revealed through Scripture. But we are commanded to diligently search Scripture, to meditate upon God’s Word, and to devote ourselves to biblical doctrine. So, what are your recommendations for someone who is just starting their journey? How would you recommend that they begin studying God’s Word?