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    What type do you prefer? Verse or Paragraph format?

    Another Bible style poll! What do you prefer in your main study/reading Bible? Verse format (new line for every verse) or Paragraph format?
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    I find verse style pretty much unreadable.
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    Where is the "Both" option?

    Seriously though, I prefer "Verse" for locating and following along in the passage, but always consult a "Paragraph" formatted text when studying as it helps me with context.
    "Is this not a brand plucked from the fire? - Zechariah 3:2

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    I thought about putting a both, but then that doesn't really tell me anything. Basically, I am trying to see what your TRUE preference is by making you choose one
    Mark Maney
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    Verse format! Even my beloved Cambridge "paragraph" (1st) is in verse format. Geneva too!
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    I like Paragraph because it helps aid in both reading and comprehension for me.
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    I am not averse to a verse version
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    I began on verse version and now am so used to it, I shy away from paragraph versions. The paragraph breaks are still identified. Hmmm. Btw, are they inspired?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gomarus View Post
    I began on verse version and now am so used to it, I shy away from paragraph versions. The paragraph breaks are still identified. Hmmm. Btw, are they inspired?
    no more than the verse numbers are...
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    Both the verse and the paragraph structure are constructs imposed on the text. I prefer to read the Bible verse by verse. It slows me down and encourages me to meditate on each verse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tellville View Post
    I thought about putting a both, but then that doesn't really tell me anything. Basically, I am trying to see what your TRUE preference is by making you choose one
    In that case, I chose the "Verse" option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddpedlar View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gomarus View Post
    I began on verse version and now am so used to it, I shy away from paragraph versions. The paragraph breaks are still identified. Hmmm. Btw, are they inspired?
    no more than the verse numbers are...
    The reason I asked is that I seem to remember seeing photocopies of Greek manuscripts with obvious paragraph breaks. I didn't know whether this was in the same category as the verse numbering.
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    I don't have much first hand experience with this, so I'd like to hear what others have to say, but I've read that some like to "read aloud" the verse format best as its quicker to find your place on the page and there is often extra white space between lines making it easier to keep your place while reading as well.
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    I like the paragraph form. It helps me to better read the verses within their surrounding contexts.

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    Verse format for me.
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    I prefer the verse format.
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