A Bible commentary can be a great tool for some in-depth study… as long as you remember its limitations.
You’ll find a ton of commentaries on BibleStudyTools.com. So, obviously, we think they’re pretty great. Each one gives cultural insight and breaks down the meaning of verses. That’s the good part.
The problem is that commentaries aren’t inspired. Unlike the Bible, God didn’t write them. Commentaries are attempts by mistake-prone humans to explain God’s Word. They do a great job for the most part, but they’re not perfect.
So, what does that mean? It means that you should always read the Bible first. Get to know what God gave us before you examine what other people say about it.
Really, that’s a rule you should follow for any writing about the Bible. It could be a great resource, but you gotta compare it to what Scripture says. The more you know God’s Word; the better you’ll be at that.
Start from the Bible. Then, if you need to, dig in with a commentary. Just always keep them as secondary to what God said.