Hi @HeidiMitchell and @Sal,
I too like to go “nerd on the Word,” ie digging into the original text and context. I also enjoying digging into different English translations and paraphrases. I am from Texas and do speak some Spanish, what we call TexMex. I don’t know if God will call me into a Spanish speaking community one day or not. I am aware that he wants me to learn the language. He provides encouragement in the form of people to help me. My oldest is 7 yr and is reading the NIRV, which parallels the NIV and is easy to read beside the NVI (Spanish). I am so grateful for the online resources in that allow clicking between and interlinear reading of these translations! PTL!
Spanish is a romance language, so it’s rewarding to read its more expressive Latin roots. One can become so familiar with a verse in English that it loses its luster. Reading it in a different language can make it come alive again.
German is a more direct and guttural language that grabs you with it’s verbs. For example, Ps 50v15. Compare a more passive “call” v “rufe.”
The most personally impactful study I’ve done was about finding peace. I dug into Isiah 26. Verse 3 is often split and made into conversational cliche or wall art. This breaks my heart. Our peace is conditional. It depends on how we trust our Lord. That’ll change your life as it sinks in. Perhaps God had Isiah record v4 to hit us over the head once more with the verb “trust” just in case we missed the importance of it in v3. Then reading back to v2, he defines the righteous nation as the one that keeps the faith. Achieving a metanoia from this truth in my stubborn mind took months.
Another memorable study was in Colossians 1 about the preeminence of Christ. Studying the historical context and references to spiritual beings cited therein gave me much more understanding than a superficial read.
I challenge you to read a favorite passage in a foreign language. It’s so easy to do online. Try a language that you may have taken in school. I pray it brings you joy. If you’re feeling brave, ask God to break your heart for a person or people in a country that speaks that language.