Study, Practice, Teach: The Pattern of Ezra 7:10

One of the few framed items in my office
One of the few framed items in my office

The pattern of Ezra 7:10:

  1. Study the word.
  2. Practice the word.
  3. Teach the word.
  • NASB: For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.
  • ESV: For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.
  • NIV: For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.
  • NET: Now Ezra had dedicated himself to the study of the law of the LORD, to its observance, and to teaching its statutes and judgments in Israel.
  • HCSB: Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.
  • NLT: This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the LORD and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.

Some motivating reflections on Ezra 7:10:

  1. Mark Minnick. Dedication to Preparation. Greenville, SC: Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1996. 11 pp. I received permission to upload this PDF here. I first read this around 2002, and God used it (as he has Mark Minnick‘s gifted preaching and teaching ministry in general) to profoundly influence me.
  2. Jason S. DeRouchie. “The Profit of Employing the Biblical Languages: Scriptural and Historical Reflections.” Themelios 37 (2012): 32–50. This is a motivating article, especially for those who are learning Greek or Hebrew or trying to review and maintain what they’ve learned. I got to know Jason DeRouchie when we rafted through the Grand Canyon together in summer 2011, and now it is my joy and honor to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with him at BCS. He embodies Ezra 7:10.
  3. Philip Graham Ryken. “Ezra, according to the Gospel: Ezra 7:10.” Themelios 33, no. 3 (2008): 63–68.
  4. Steven J. Lawson. “Bring the Book! The Pattern of Biblical Preaching.” Chapter 3 in Famine in the Land: A Passionate Call for Expository Preaching. Nashville: Nelson, 2003.


  1. says

    Hi Andy
    I have been following your blog for a number of years, and just want to commend you for being so brief and informative in what you post. You are clearly not trying to parade anything or build a following – you are simply sharing helpful info with pastors and fellow-believers, and I for one deeply appreciate that. Yours is a credible voice in my estimation. I am praying for you in your move and settling in Minnesota.

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