The Bible v/s Bible Commentaries

When attempting to study the Bible, many people rely too heavily on "Bible commentaries." While there's nothing wrong with the use of these, in my opinion, one should try to remember that commentaries only contain the ideas and interpretations of the men and women who wrote them.

Unlike the Bible itself, commentaries, dictionaries and concordances are not inspired. Too often I have heard some people quote a commentary about a passage but didn't have a clue as to what the actual scripture passage said, let alone find it in the Bible.

Biblical commentaries and dictionaries can serve as great resources, but only if used in a balanced manner. If we rely too heavily on what mere humans say about the Bible instead of what the Bible plainly says about itself, we end up walking away from the Bible and adopting the doctrines of men instead of what we could be taught by the "spirit of truth."

"In vain do they worship me, teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men." (Matthew 15:9, American Standard Version)

"When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak whatever He hears. He will also declare to you what is to come." (John 16:13, Holman Christian Standard Bible)