It seems rather basic, but I'm having trouble finding verses that say to read God's Word often. It seems like something that Paul said quite a few times, and it's obviously a good thing, but I can't find any specific verses. Can someone help me?

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    1st Peter, if I remember correctly, has some relevant exhortation towards the end of chapter 1 and beginning of chapter 2. – Caleb Jan 20 '12 at 1:04
  • The OT was and oral tradition only written down during the years of captivity. – user1054 Jan 20 '12 at 13:40
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    @DanAndrews - just a brief word of caution ... "oral tradition" does not mean that nothing was written down but that the significance of the content was placed on the passing on from generation to generation in oral form. – swasheck Jan 20 '12 at 23:18
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    Verse identification questions are explicitly off-topic now. Ref: Where's the line with the "verse-identification" tag? – 3961 May 25 '15 at 19:17

I don't think there are any verses in the Bible that say "read the Bible", since the Bible as one book is a concept that came after the books were written.

But the following are some of the verses that talk about reading God's word or His teachings.

8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8 NASB

The Psalms have a lot on meditating on God's law.

1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1: 1-2 NASB

And of course the famous Psalm 119, I'd suggest you read all of Psalm 119:

12 Blessed are You, O LORD; Teach me Your statutes. 13 With my lips I have told of All the ordinances of Your mouth. 14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways. 16 I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word. Psalm 119: 12-16 NASB

That's all I can think of for now. But I will update this answer as I remember/find more.

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    Also, Deuteronomy 18-21. – Pacerier Aug 5 '14 at 16:33
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    Acts 17:11 seems somewhat relevant: "Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." (NIV, emphasis added). – Paul A. Clayton Aug 13 '14 at 3:03
  • Those all seem OT references where it speaks of learning/following/meditate over the law etc. – public static Oct 17 '14 at 16:41

Isaiah 28:10New King James Version (NKJV)

10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.”

  • Which denomination? – Double U Feb 14 '15 at 17:46
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    Please click edit to expand on your thoughts. There is not enough information here. You need to explain why the verse answers the question because it is not obvious. – 3961 Feb 14 '15 at 21:10

Study to show thyself approved to God, a worker who needed not be ashamed. Rightly divided the word of truth.

II Timothy 2:15

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