1Ti 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
The ability to read and then taking actual time to read is most important to our mental, intellectual, and spiritual growth. There is much material available to read. We need to learn to be very selective in what we read to make the most of the time we manage to squeeze out of our busy lives that can be devoted to reading.
“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.” Henry David Thoreau
Paul encouraged Timothy to “give attendance to reading.” While the original Greek word is usually used in reference to the oral reading of Scripture to the congregation, in this context it surely includes the private and personal reading of the Bible. We ought to read the Bible for ourselves regularly, even daily, as surely it is not only one of the best books, but the very best of books to be read first for our spiritual profit, blessing, and growth.
The Bible is filled with many encouraging verses that commend the reading of the Bible itself. Some of those verses I have collected as cross references to accompany the key words “to reading”:
to reading. Gr. anagnōsis (S# G320, 2Co 3:14). *Deut 17:19, +*Jos 1:8; =Jos 15:15 (Kirjath-sepher: city of books), Jos 15:49 (Kirjath-sannah: city of study). +*Psa 1:2; +*Psa 1:3; **Psa 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, *Pro 2:4; *Pro 2:5; +*Pro 4:7, Dan 9:2, +Mat 12:3; +*Mat 13:51; +*Mat 13:52, **Mar 12:24, 25, 26, 27, Luk 4:16, +**Joh 5:39, *Act 6:4; +Act 13:15; +**Act 17:11, 2Co 3:14, Col 4:16, *1Th 5:27, *2Ti 2:15, 16, 17; 2Ti 4:13, *Rev 1:3.