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Why We Should Handwrite the Bible

The scribes have been handwriting the Word of God for thousands of years. I can just imagine what it must have been like to carefully write out the words as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. So, with all the hard copies and digital versions of the Bible available today, why should we handwrite the Bible ourselves?

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Have you given any thought as to the benefits of writing out the Scriptures?

It isn’t to gain another personally written Bible but rather to meet God in your writing.

Why Handwrite the Bible?

Writing out the Scriptures is a great way to take your time as you savour each word, each sentence, each paragraph. You will notice details that might otherwise be skipped over when reading quickly.

You may dive deep in your personal Bible Study or in a group study but when you take the challenge of writing out the Word of God, something else will happen. You’ll find yourself having a conversation with God about what you are reading, and, God will respond to you!

Copying the text carefully means you are taking your time, giving time to think about what you are reading and writing. This also helps you to remember what you’ve read and when you add some side research, like looking up cross-references, your understanding will become more clear.

So, in addition to improving your memory skills of what the text is about, it can also help you with memorization of particular verses. Most of us have memorized John 3:16 but do we know what the surrounding verses are about? When you handwrite the Bible, you will also see the context of the book as well.

When we handwrite the Bible, we develop an excellent spiritual discipline. Did you know that in Deuteronomy 17:18-20 that God commanded the kings to write out their own copy of the Scriptures? This was so they would know the commands and they would learn to honour and obey God all the days of their lives.

And there’s another benefit that comes from handwriting the Bible. You can read all about it in this post, Praise & Worship: An Unexpected Result of Bible Writing. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

The Kings of Israel would Handwrite the Law

Let’s look at that verse.

Deuteronomy 17:18-20 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

If God instructed the kings of Israel to write out the Scriptures, it begs to ask the question, is it still important for believers today to handwrite the Bible? Would we benefit from it as the kings of Israel did? I think so, do you?

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The Challenge

I would love to challenge you in developing this spiritual discipline to handwrite the Bible. We have 5- and 10-Day Bible Book Writing Challenges that can be completed anytime you want.

However, in the DIG Bible Study Community, we will be starting our next writing challenge that you just may want to participate in! Or you can use any of our past Writing Plans as well at a time convenient for you.

We have Whole Bible Book Writing Challenges approximately every six weeks or so. All current and past Writing Challenges are stored in the Private Library that you can access through membership in the DIG Bible Study Community, see below.

Are you interested? Will you challenge yourself in our next Bible Book Writing Challenge?

Join us in the DIG Bible Study Community. I look forward to meeting you in my private social network. This social community does not exist on any social media platform but is a private site for those who want to study the Word of God and do Bible Writing Challenges with me.

Do you currently challenge yourself to handwrite the Scriptures? If so, how are you enjoying it? Do you find yourself meditating on the Word more so than before? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment for me.

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31 thoughts on “Why We Should Handwrite the Bible

    • Glee LaVroff

      I started writing out the Bible sometime last year! I was on a Christian Facebook group, that started it. I had stopped
      Writing, but when I was doing it, I felt it was relaxing for me! I am at Genesis 8.
      I want to continue to write out the Bible!

      • Hi, Glee, I’m glad to hear from you. Yes, writing out the Scriptures has a way with improving our health. We’re starting a new writing challenge on Monday, Oct 29th, writing out the book of Ephesians. You’re more than welcome to join my FB group. Just find the button on the sidebar to join. I’ll meet you in the group!

  1. gracecoversitall

    This is such a great way to dig deeper in bible study! What a great reminder about how God instructed kings to rewrite the law in their own hand!

  2. Rea Taubert

    Ohh, Cindy! The Lord impressed on me to begin writing the scriptures a few years ago! I was faithful for some months but then other things got in the way and just a couple of weeks ago I was prodded by the Holy Spirit to get back to it! I’m in John presently and should be wrapping it up about the tim you begin Colossians! I’m very excited to do this challenge with you! Thanks for this post! Love in Christ, Rea

    • Praise God, Rea! I’m so glad you are able to finish what you started, that is so important! And I’m thrilled that you are joining us for future challenges!
      Thanks for stopping by today! Blessings on you.

  3. This is so true! I love writing Scripture. I first heard about it when I had a Bible College lecturer who was in the process of writing the entire Bible. So far I’ve enjoyed writing Romans the most.

  4. I have never tried writing out each book of the Bible – YET! I totally agree that copying the text helps to remember what we’ve read. Getting into scripture that way sounds awesome! I Love to write our scriptures, so writing out the whole book would be awesome! 🙂

  5. Patti Gardner

    I have been writing the Scriptures for a little over a year now. Right now, I am copying the Book of James. I am also memorizing the entire book of James, and writing each verse out has helped in the memorization process.


  6. Riana Louw

    Hi, i love to write down from the Bible, it helps me to remember some of it, i nearly filled a whole notebook after 2 years, and now while i’m going through difficulties, that book is my saving grace, the scriptures that i wrote down as well notes on worry and other stuff.. I just started another notebook.

    • That is awesome, Riana.im glad to hear that you enjoy writing out His Word and you’re starting another notebook! Thanks for visiting today. Blessings, peace and joy be with you.

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  10. Suzy

    I have such trouble with Bible reading challenges! I get distracted when reading or realize I’ve read a chunk without paying attention/comprehending. Yesterday I was writing out a scripture that I wanted to meditate on all day, and I thought – why don’t I write out the whole Bible?? It’s so great, I’m 8 chapters into Genesis already. I’m focused, and soaking up each word.
    I then went online to see if anyone else has thought of this? LOL – of course!! Thanks for sharing, this was an encouragement & confirmation to me!

    • Cindy

      Isn’t it great how God works? I’m so glad you love writing out His Word! You will be blessed for sure!

  11. Thank you so much for writing this, it has just been a full on light bulb moment. I love writing it is my passion but have never thought of doing this. I thank the Lord for guiding me to your post. I have also joined the Facebook group as I love a challenge.

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