When studying the Scripture, remember to always read the entire passage, to get the verses in context. If you are stuck on something, remember........
The Golden Rule of Interpretation:
When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning, unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in the light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.
(as formulated by Dr. David L. Cooper, the late director of the Biblical Research Society)