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Ask God to help you understand. Before you start reading, or while you are at it, ask God to teach you, to open your mind and heart — studying is not only an intellectual task, but also an affective one — and to direct your intellect so you can discover the many treasures hiding in plain sight in Scripture. This advice applies even if you are not a believer but still want to get acquainted with the Bible: a few moments of silence and recollection can indeed help you set the tone you need to approach the task at hand.

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