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Matthew Henry Commentaries by Matthew Henry

The Matthew Henry Commentaries is an exceptionally popular work among CCEL readers, and we are highlighting this work on the anniversary of Henry's death.

Matthew Henry, born near Wales on October 18, 1662, died on June 22, 1714. He began his regular ministry as a non-conformist pastor of a Presbyterian congregation at Chester. He remained in this position for 25 years. After declining several offers from London congregations, he finally accepted a call to Hackney, London, and moved there in 1712.

Henry's reputation rests upon his renowned commentary, An Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (1708-10, known also as Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible). He lived to complete it only as far as to the end of the Acts, but after his death other like-minded authors prepared the remainder from Henry's manuscripts. This work was long celebrated as the best English commentary for devotional purposes and the expanded edition was initially published in 1896. Instead of critical exposition, Henry focuses on practical suggestion, and his commentaries contains rich stores of truths. There is also a smaller devotional commentary on the Bible from Henry known as Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary.

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-The Christian Classics Ethereal Library

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