How to do a Word Study (with Free Printables!)

Have you ever considered doing a word study to better understand Scripture? Words are powerful. They often hold the keys of life or death. They can build us up with gleaming rays of encouragement or tear us down into heaps of defeat. If one word has the ability to wound or heal, then the Word of God certainly has the power to transform entire nations.

I will never forget the day one word within the pages of scripture dramatically changed my life.

I was reading the book of Isaiah and came across a verse I never really noticed before. A particular word jumped out at me in a way I’d never previously considered. It was the word was splendor.

Awake, awake, Zion,
    clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendor,
    Jerusalem, the holy city…Shake off your dust;
    rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck…

Isaiah 52:1-2a

Tears filled my eyes as this truth sank deep into my soul. It were as if God sat down next to me and tenderly said,

My daughter, you have lived in captivity for too long. Rise up, sit enthroned, my precious one! Take off your attire of shame and defeat, and clothe yourself in my strength. Put on your garments of glittering splendor. You are royalty. You are redeemed, and you are free!

You are clothed with splendor and redeemed in Christ!

That day, I discovered that I am clothed with sparkling spiritual garments of beauty, brilliance, and glory. Before this discovery, I knew that God loved me–but that day I experienced His love like never before.

I decided to investigate the meaning of the word splendor even further, and was blown away by what I found. As I studied the definition of splendor and the Scriptures throughout the Bible containing this word, I saw a distinct theme.

God Himself is clothed in majesty and splendor, and has removed our tattered clothing of sin and shame. Through Christ, we are now clothed in His righteousness and holiness–in His garments of splendor. I was so blessed by this passage that I started my blog Garments of Splendor, and now walk in a newfound freedom I found in Christ.

This all occurred because of the power of one word.

I discovered that understanding specific words in Scripture through the word study Bible study method has the power to radically transform lives. I now implement word studies as a regular part of my Bible study and devotion time. 

Related: Check out this post with 14 Powerful Bible Study Methods to deepen your faith!

What is a Word Study?

A word study is a Bible study method that involves studying a particular word within the context of Scripture. Here are five steps you can implement to do your own word study to dive deeper into the life-changing truths of God’s Word!

How to do a Word Study

1. Choose a Word

If there is a word you come across while reading your Bible that you would like to study in more depth, write that word down. Many people during the new year like to choose one word to focus on–words like grace, hope, favor, or flourish. There are so many sparkling jewels within Scripture to discover!

2. Define the Word

We can often assume we understand the definitions of common words we hear in Christian circles, but there is great value in giving many of these words a second glance. These definitions give us greater understanding of particular passages in scripture, further illuminating God’s messages of love and hope.

When you do a word study, write down the full definition of the word you are studying. Use sites like, and write down the synonyms that broaden your insight of the word. I also like to use look up the words in the original Greek or Hebrew. I look up a Bible passage containing the word I am studying, and click on the box that says “tools”.

It will give you the English words of each passage in either Greek or Hebrew. (Hebrew is the language of the Old Testament, and Greek is the language of the New Testament ). You can then click on the numbers next to the English word, and it will give you the definitions in Greek or Hebrew. The powerful definitions in the original languages of Scripture can give us even greater depth into God’s Word. Here is a screenshot of a passage I looked up in the book of Proverbs.

3. Read the Word

Find other Scriptures that contain the word you are studying. I like to go to to find Bible passages. (For example, if you are doing a word study on the word graceyou can type that word in the search bar, and you will receive a list of all the Scriptures that contain that word.)

Choose a few scriptures, and read them each in the full context of the surrounding passages. Choose your favorite translation, and dive in!

4. Write the Word

Write down at least one of the Scriptures you have looked up in a journal or notebook. There is great power in writing God’s Word! There is something very meaningful about writing down scripture word-for-word that helps us slow down and digest each word at a time. If you like, highlight each time the word you are studying is mentioned in the passage. After writing down the Scripture, feel free to write down any of your observations and reflections.

5. Pray the Word

This is one of my favorite parts of doing a word study. Based on the new insights you have learned doing your word study, write a prayer to God, praising Him and proclaiming His goodness! Praying the Word of God is a wonderful way to draw closer to the heart of God.

Have you done a word study lately? Do you have a word you are focusing on this year? I’d love to hear in the comments below! It’s time to allow God’s Word to penetrate our hearts and permeate our souls in greater depth. God’s Word is so powerful that we can even be transformed with one single word!

Here is a printable that you can download to do your own word study–just click the button below to download!

You can also check out the other word study sheets, prayer journals, planners and faith stickers in my shop to help you grow in your faith, one word at a time!

Free Word study printables to grow in your walk with Christ!

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18 thoughts on “How to do a Word Study (with Free Printables!)”

  1. Hello Cristin! What a blessing to find your blog today. Yes, words are awesome and God’s Word is life! I really enjoyed this post today and will check out as I do my word studies. God is so amazing! Thanks for sharing these tips. May the Lord bless you always! P.S. As God so often does, He used the Isaiah verse to encourage me as I’ve been focusing on dust lately. Blessings!

    1. Thanks so much Amy! Isn’t God’s Word amazing?! I am so glad you were encouraged today. Many blessings to you as you continue to dive deeper into God’s Word! πŸ™‚

  2. I love finding fellow #wordnerds! Your sheet is lovely! So funny, I’ve been working on something very similar! I’d love for you to check out my Word Nerd Wednesday posts… Maybe you’d like to join my team of contributors!

    1. Awesome! Thanks so much, Liz! It is so fun find others passionate about words–and especially the life-giving Word of God! I’d love to check you out at #wordnerd (love the name!) thanks for the invite! πŸ™‚

  3. Such a great post! Oh, the power of words, especially in THE WORD. I love how one little word challenged and encouraged you to start this website… that’s so beautiful! Stopping by from #saltandlight πŸ™‚

  4. Finding you on Pinterest was a blessing. There are so many lovely things on your site. Thank you also for making them free downloads. You are a blessing to the body of Christ.
    Is there anyway to make your print outs to fit a 5×8 note book size. I tried with my printer but with no success. thanks Patty

  5. Hi Christine, I can’t thank God enough for directing me to your website. You have been a blessing to me, my family and my friends that I have shared your posts with. I am going to start doing the word search. God bless you and keep you and cause his face to shine upon you and your family always. πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’•πŸ’•

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