The answer to both questions is yes. Knowing the Bible is indeed a primary responsibility of the clergy, but it is not their exclusive responsibility. All of God’s people need to know the Bible. As the psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path” (Ps. 119:105). How else can we find our way at a thousand crossroads in this dark world?
Second Timothy 3:16–17 is the final word on everybody’s need to know the Bible, and it lists four ways in which the Bible equips us believers to live righteously. I encourage you to read and study it for yourself.