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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible (Super Value Series) Hardcover – July 30, 2003
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About the Author
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was a Presbyterian minister in England who began his commentary on the Bible in 1704. He completed his work up to the end of Acts before his death. Afterward, his ministerial friends completed the work from Henry's notes and writings.
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Matthew Henry is, in my opinion, one of the most amazing commentators of the Bible I have ever read. He has a great devotional style and shows a great knowledge of what God's words says and means. He is easy to read and does a fine job of explaining even the difficult passages. You may not agree with everything he says, but then again, since when has anyone ever agreed 100% with anyone?
On the other hand, you better have a magnifying glass to read this particular edition. The type is EXTREMELY small and sometimes very hard to read. I still use this edition but if I ever run across an edition of the complete commentary that has far bigger type, I will definitely get it and retire this one. If anyone knows of a bigger-type complete commentary (even if it is multi-volume), please respond to this and let me know.
This is more of a running sermon than a line-by-line explanation of Scripture. Matthew explores verses in batches, frequently pulling several paragraphs (or more) of thought and analysis from just a few verses: he writes of the heart and meaning of Scripture, and not so much the technical aspects. As we are called to worship in spirit and truth, gaining clarity (and being challenged) on the heart, helps the contemplative reader construct strong and upright understanding. Frequently, aspects of Scripture, and of His nature, are revealed that astound and inspire. For technical details, a Bible study guide like John MacArthur's is better suited.
This is a large and heavy book, replacing in one volume the original six volume set. The paper is very thin, but like the binding is of high quality; this is a book that should be treasured for generations. The print is very small, forcing my own aging eyes to rely on a magnifying glass to read it, but the richness of each sentence compels one to read slowly, pausing frequently for due contemplation anyhow. This is not a book to read quickly, this is a book to immerse yourself in in your walk with the Lord.
Many world-famous preachers kept Matthew Henry's commentary as a constant companion, I know several ministers personally who consult Henry's insights as part of every sermon preparation. For gaining a sense of the heart of Scripture, any serious believer would do well to have this volume as a ready reference.
In fellowship, Peter Warner.