Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry (18 October 1662 – 22 June 1714) was an English commentator on the Bible and a Presbyterian minister. He is best known for his wonderful six-volume Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (1708–1710) or Complete Commentary. This provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the Bible covering the whole of the Old Testament, and the Gospels and Acts in the New Testament. After the author's death, the work was finished (Romans through Revelation) by thirteen other nonconformist ministers, partly based upon notes taken by Henry's hearers, and edited by George Burder and John Hughes in 1811. Although written many years ago it is still a fount of knowledge for the modern preacher/expositor. There are several websites devoted to him and his work including:
http://www.matthewhenry.org/   and http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?com=mhc

Below are just a small sample of some of his quotes:

“Eve was not taken out of Adam's head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.”

“It is good for us to keep some account of our prayers, that we may not unsay them in our practice.”

“There is one death bed repentance recorded in the Bible (the thief on the cross), so that no one despair, but there is ONLY one, so that no one will presume.”

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