As I have read the Bible I noticed a lot of IF and THEN going on, even I don’t see the actual words IF and THEN. It occurred to me that this might be a useful study tip.
Using the If and Then method of study can be helpful to make connection between actions and results. If this happens, then the result is x.
Let’s look at some examples from Proverbs 15.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
IF = soft answer
THEN = turns away wrath
IF = harsh word
THEN = stirs up anger
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
IF = wise
THEN = uses knowledge rightly
IF = fools
THEN = pours forth foolishness
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.
IF = eyes of the Lord are in every place
THEN = keeping watch on the evil and the good
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
IF = wholesome tongue
THEN = is a tree of life
IF = perverseness
THEN = breaks the spirit
A fool despises his father’s instruction, but he who receives correction is prudent.
IF = fool
THEN = despises his father’s instruction
IF = he who receives correction
THEN = is prudent
In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
IF = in the house of the righteous
THEN = there is much treasure
IF = in the revenue of the wicked
THEN = is trouble
The book of Proverbs uses a lot of comparisons and within those comparisons you will find many IF and THEN scenarios. Try this method out for yourself. See if you can spot the IF and THEN. See if it helps you connect the action with the desired result.