No person, lay or preacher who is seriously interested in Bible study should be without access to
this massive work by Matthew Henry with explanatory notes on every verse of the Bible.
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) studied law at Gray's Inn and was ordained a Presbyterian
minister in 1687. He served churches in Chester and in Hackney, near London. He began
writing his famous commentary in 1701. Matthew Henry's warm mix of scholarship
and practical application has made his commentary a favorite of preachers and devotional
readers alike for two hundred years.
Volume One includes The Four Gospels and Acts of the Apostles.
From the preface - This work has been prepared, not especially for the learned and critical class, but for the people.
The aim is indicated by the title. It has been a cherished purpose to prepare a People's New Testament,
with such aids as would enable the common reader to arrive at an understanding of every portion of the sacred message.
Volume Two includes The Epistles and Revelation.
From the preface - Encouraged by the cordial reception of the initial
volume, he has been stimulated to still greater effort to prepare a concluding volume, which would be a
worthy companion of the first, and worthy of the public who have so generously approved his former work.
Volume Three is a further in depth study of the Gospel of John.
From the preface - I have had in view, in writing this Commentary on John, the wants of the ordinary reader, rather
than critics, preachers and theologians, and have therefore aimed to write in plain and simple language,
avoiding technical phrases and Greek words which would only be intelligible to the learned.
John Wesley translated, interpreted, and applied every Biblical passage in depth. His New Testament Notes are official
United Methodist Church doctrine. The OT notes have been out of print for many years. Every preacher/teacher in the
Wesleyan tradition should read Wesley's Notes before going to the pulpit.
The Geneva Bible was the first complete Bible to be translated into English from the original Hebrew
and Greek texts. In part due to the extensive marginal notes, it was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the 16th
and 17th centuries, and the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers, thinkers, and historical figures of the Reformation
era. During King James's reign, and into the reign of Charles I, the Geneva Bible was gradually replaced by the
King James Bible, Authorized Version of 1611.
I do not at all pretend to give the full contents of each book, but only (as God, shall grant to me) a sort of
index of the subjects, the divisions of the books by subjects, and (as far as I am enabled) the object of
the Spirit of God in each part, hoping that it may aid others in reading the book of God. J.N.D. (from the introduction)