The Most Misused Verses in the Bible

Bethany House, 2012
ISBN: 9780764209369


“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

—Philippians 4:13

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

—Jeremiah 29:11

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.”

—Romans 8:28

These and a surprising number of well-known Scripture passages are commonly misused or misunderstood. Even well-intentioned Christians take important verses out of context, and pastor Eric J. Bargerhuff has seen the effects: confusion, poor decisions, and a distorted view of God’s Word.

In this concise yet thorough book, Bargerhuff helps all of us understand what these verses meant when they were written so we can apply them accurately today. Providing fascinating historical and scriptural insights, he shows how to read God’s promises and instructions in context and appreciate even more the Bible’s eternal message.

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Key Features

  • Places commonly used verses into their biblical context
  • Provides application for these verses when they are understood correctly
  • Includes a wealth of scholarship and years of scriptural insight


  • Where It All Began
  • Judging Others
  • Plans to Prosper You and Not to Harm You
  • Where Two or Three Are Gathered
  • Ask for Anything in My Name
  • Working All Things Together for Good
  • If My People Who Are Called by My Name
  • Jesus As the Firstborn Over All Creation
  • Money Is the Root of All Evil
  • No More Than You Can Handle
  • Train Up a Child
  • I Can Do All Things
  • An Eye for an Eye
  • The Prayer Offered in Faith
  • Repent and Be Baptized
  • Guarding Your Heart
  • Where There Is No Vision
  • Lifting Up the Name of Jesus
  • Conclusion: Handle With Care—Using Scripture Appropriately
Eric Bargerhuff has done the church a great service in selecting a list of verses we are prone to misuse and patiently and winsomely explaining what they really mean and how they actually apply to us. This is a book that is long overdue and I gladly commend it to you.

—Tim Challies, pastor, author

Every now and then [a book] comes along that makes me think, ‘I cannot believe it took this long for someone to write this book.’ Such is the case with Eric Bargerhuff’s latest. . . . By looking at the most commonly used and abused verses of Scripture, Pastor Bargerhuff brings clarity to these passages, and in doing so provides his readers with the accompanying benefit of an applied hermeneutics text.

Modern Reformation

The scholarship behind looking at the verses is impeccable . . . This is a book that should be a part of any vital study library.

Portland Book Review

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About Eric J. Bargerhuff

Eric J. Bargerhuff, PhD, has served in pastoral ministry in churches in Ohio, Illinois, and Florida. He received his doctorate in biblical and systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His passion is to write systematic and practical theology for the purposes of spiritual growth and reform in the church. He is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology (SAET) and the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS).


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