Ideas for how to color-code bible scriptures

Updated March 17, 2017

Many Christians look for ways to enhance their Bible study so they can learn more about God's word. One method some students of the Scriptures use is colour-coding their Bibles using soft, thick coloured pencils to mark verses according to the topic. Dry highlighters also work well and do not bleed through the pages. Whatever method you use, several tips will make colour coding easier.

Colour-coding Suggestions

The first step is to decide what colour you want to use for a particular topic in the Bible. Red can signify salvation, including forgiveness, atonement, redemption and the blood of Jesus. Mark verses on the Holy Spirit using yellow. Use green, which symbolises life, for the word of God. Other passages from the Bible include precepts, commandments, statutes, promises and sayings. Mark praise, dance, shouting, joy or thanksgiving with purple. Use brown for the names of the Lord. Grey can mark verses that are humble reminders, including those on pride and conceit. Finally, orange can signify wisdom, knowledge or understanding. These colour-coding ideas are suggestions only; feel free to adjust the colours as needed according to what works best for you.

Additional Markings

Underline key words or phrases for emphasis. You can also colour-code each verse, using red for the most important verses. It's a matter of personal preference. Be careful not to overdo it by marking every verse. You can use symbols such as stars, circles or hearts to additionally code each topic. These can further enhance your colour coding or act as extra codes when you run out of colours. For instance, a heart can indicate love, while a star can mean heaven.

Tools to Use

A container such as a small plastic box or a school pencil bag can hold your Bible marking tools. Your kit should include the following: pens for underlining, a small plastic ruler, a template to make symbols, a mechanical pencil and coloured pencils. Finally, use a folded paper towel or tissue to wipe stray coloured pencil marks so they don't smudge the opposite page. Choose a pen carefully so it doesn't bleed through the opposite page.

How to Colour-code

Place a piece of cardboard between the pages so your coloured pencils don't indent other pages. Use your mechanical pencil and ruler to trace around the verse. Then colour inside the lines. Colour the verse lightly, then gently wipe the page with your paper towel to remove excess. Practice first on a back page of your Bible.

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