Matthew Henry

Matthew HenryMatthew Henry (1662-1714) was an English commentator on the Bible and Presbyterian minister.

He was born at Broad Oak, a farmhouse on the borders of Flintshire and Shropshire. His father, Philip Henry, had just been ejected under the Act of Uniformity 1662. Unlike most of his fellow-sufferers, Philip possessed some private means, and was thus able to give his son a good education. Matthew went first to a school at Islington, and then to Gray’s Inn. He soon gave up his legal studies for theology, and in 1687 became minister of a Presbyterian congregation at Chester. He moved again in 1712 to Mare Street, Hackney. Two years later (22 June 1714), he died suddenly of apoplexy at the Queen’s Aid House (41 High Street) in Nantwich while on a journey from Chester to London.

Matthew Henry’s well-known six-volume Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (1708–1710) or Complete Commentary, originally published in 1706, 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. [More via Wikipedia]

The Works of Matthew Henry:

A Church in the House, or, Family Religion. (88 pages)
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The Communicant’s Companion. (293 pages)
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Also goes by the title How to Prepare for Communion.

A Discourse on Meekness and Quietness of Spirit. (166 pages)
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An Exposition of the Old and New Testament, Volume 1. (754 pages)
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Containing notes on Genesis through Deuteronomy.  Individual files below:

  1. Genesis – pdf, 211 pp.
  2. Exodus – pdf, 142 pp.
  3. Leviticus – pdf, 92 pp.
  4. Numbers – pdf, 129 pp.
  5. Deuteronomy – pdf, 128 pp.

An Exposition of the Old and New Testament, Volume 2. (930 pages)
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Containing notes on Joshua through Esther.

An Exposition of the Old and New Testament, Volume 3. (896 pages)
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Containing notes on Job through the Song of Solomon.

An Exposition of the Old and New Testament, Volume 4. (1194 pages)
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Containing notes on Isaiah through Malachi.

An Exposition of the Old and New Testament, Volume 5. (974 pages)
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Containing notes on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

An Exposition of the Old and New Testament, Volume 6. (946 pages)
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Containing notes on Acts through Revelation.

A Method for Prayer. (235 pages)
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The Miscellaneous Works of the Reverend Matthew Henry, Volume 1. (781 pages)
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Containing the following:

  1. The Life of Philip Henry.
  2. On the death of Mrs. Katharine Henry.
  3. The Pleasantness of a Religious Life.
    {This title is also available as a Digital Puritan reprint.}
  4. Concerning Meekness and Quietness.
  5. Christianity not a Sect.
  6. Communicant’s Companion.
  7. Directions for Daily Communion with God.
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  8. Discourses Against Vice and Profaneness.
  9. Folly of Despising our Own Souls.
  10. Folly of Despising our Own Ways.
  11. Sober-mindedness Recommended to the Young.
  12. Right Management of Friendly Visits.
  13. A Church in the House: Family Religion. 1 Corinthians 16:19.
  14. Reformation of Manners.
  15. Popery a Spiritual Tyranny.
  16. Method for Prayer.
  17. Essay on Psalmody, with Family Hymns.

The Miscellaneous Works of the Reverend Matthew Henry, Volume 2. (705 pages)
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Containing the following:

  1. England’s Joys.
  2. England’s Hopes.
  3. Work and Success of the Ministry.
  4. On the Promises of God.
  5. Disputes Reviewed.
  6. Faith in Christ Inferred from Faith in God.
  7. Forgiveness of Sin.
  8. Hope and Fear Balanced.
  9. On the Catechising of Youth.
  10. Commemoration of the Fire of London.
  11. Inquiry into the Nature of Schism.
  12. Layman’s Reasons for Communing with Dissenters.
  13. Catechism for Children.
  14. Scripture Catechism in the Method of the Assembly’s.
  15. Christ’s Favour to Children.
  16. Memoirs of Mrs. Radford.
  17. Memoirs of Mrs. Hulton.
  18. Account of Dr. John Tylston.
  19. Sermon at Mr. Atkinson’s Ordination.
  20. Exhortation at Mr. Clark’s Ordination.
  21. Funeral Sermon on Mr. Owen.
  22. Funeral Sermon on Dr. Benion.
  23. Life of Dr. Benion.
  24. Funeral Sermon of Mr.Tallents.
  25. Life of Mr. Tallents.
  26. Funeral Sermon on Mr. Lawrence.
  27. Life of Mr. Lawrence.
  28. Funeral Sermon on Mr. Stretton.
  29. Life of Mr. Stretton.
  30. Funeral Sermon on Mr. Burgess.
  31. Life of Mr. Burgess.
  32. Life of Lieutenant Illidge.
  33. Separation without Rebellion.
  34. A Treatise on Baptism.
  35. Preface to the Life of the Reverend Thomas Beard.
  36. Preface to Murrey’s Closet Devotions.
  37. Six Sermons on the Worth of the Soul.
  38. Sermons and Charges.
  39. Funeral Sermons.
  40. Fast Sermons.
  41. Funeral Sermon on Mr. Matthew Henry, by W. Tong.
  42. Funeral Sermon on Mr. Matthew Henry, by John Reynolds.
  43. Funeral Sermon on Mr. Matthew Henry, by Dr. Williams.

The Pleasantness of a Religious Life. (177 pages)
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