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.  Individual files below:

  1. Preface to the Historical Books – pdf, 3 pp.
  2. Joshua – pdf, 94 pp.
  3. Judges – pdf, 102 pp.
  4. Ruth – pdf, 19 pp.
  5. 1 Samuel – pdf, 134 pp.
  6. 2 Samuel – pdf, 102 pp.
  7. 1 Kings – pdf, 104 pp.
  8. 2 Kings – pdf, 102 pp.
  9. 1 Chronicles – pdf, 63 pp.
  10. 2 Chronicles – pdf, 91 pp.
  11. Ezra – pdf, 31 pp.
  12. Nehemiah – pdf, 43 pp.
  13. Esther – pdf, 27 pp.

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.  Individual files below:

  1. Preface to the Poetical Books – pdf, 4 pp.
  2. Job – pdf, 186 pp.
  3. Psalms – pdf, 440 pp.
  4. Proverbs – pdf, 151 pp.
  5. Ecclesiastes – pdf, 58 pp.
  6. Song of Solomon – pdf, 39 pp.

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

  1. A Preface to the Prophetical Books – pdf, 7 pp.
  2. Isaiah – pdf, 310 pp.
  3. Jeremiah – pdf, 242 pp.
  4. Lamentations – pdf, 27 pp.
  5. Ezekiel – pdf, 210 pp.
  6. Daniel – pdf, 78 pp.
  7. Hosea – pdf, 66 pp.
  8. Joel – pdf, 17 pp.
  9. Amos – pdf, 36 pp.
  10. Obadiah – pdf, 7 pp.
  11. Jonah – pdf, 20 pp.
  12. Micah – pdf, 29 pp.
  13. Nahum – pdf, 10 pp.
  14. Habakkuk – pdf, 16 pp.
  15. Zephaniah – pdf, 14 pp.
  16. Haggai – pdf, 10 pp.
  17. Zechariah – pdf, 58 pp.
  18. Malachi – pdf, 25 pp.

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

  1. A Preface to the Four Evangelists, and the Acts of the Apostles – pdf, 6 pp.
  2. Matthew – pdf, 341 pp.
  3. Mark – pdf, 96 pp.
  4. Luke – pdf, 212 pp.
  5. John – pdf, 302 pp.

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

  1. Acts – pdf, 279 pp.
  2. Preface to the Epistles – pdf, 3 pp.
  3. Romans – pdf, 111 pp.
  4. 1 Corinthians – pdf, 78 pp.
  5. 2 Corinthians – pdf, 33 pp.
  6. Galatians – pdf, 31 pp.
  7. Ephesians – pdf, 30 pp.
  8. Philippians – pdf, 21 pp.
  9. Colossians – pdf, 19 pp.
  10. 1 Thessalonians – pdf, 18 pp.
  11. 2 Thessalonians – pdf, 12 pp.
  12. 1 Timothy – pdf, 22 pp.
  13. 2 Timothy – pdf, 17 pp.
  14. Titus – pdf, 20 pp.
  15. Philemon – pdf, 9 pp.
  16. Hebrews – pdf, 59 pp.
  17. James – pdf, 26 pp.
  18. 1 Peter – pdf, 29 pp.
  19. 2 Peter – pdf, 18 pp.
  20. 1 John – pdf, 30 pp.
  21. 2 John – pdf, 4 pp.
  22. 3 John – pdf, 3 pp.
  23. Jude – pdf, 10 pp.
  24. Revelation – pdf, 56 pp.

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 – pdf, 234 pp.
    1. The Life of Philip Henry (just the biography) – pdf, 158 pp.
    2. Philip Henry’s Funeral Sermon (Hebrews 11:4) – pdf, 13 pp.
    3. Katharine Henry’s Funeral Sermon (Proverbs 31:28) – pdf, 11 pp.
    4. Appendix and Notes
  2. The Pleasantness of a Religious Life (Proverbs 3:17) – pdf, 43 pp.
    {This title is also available as a Digital Puritan reprint.}
  3. A Discourse on Meekness and Quietness of Spirit (1 Peter 3:4) – pdf, 46 pp.
  4. The Christian Religion is Not a Sect (Acts 28:22) – pdf, 17 pp.
  5. The Communicant’s Companion – pdf, 99 pp.
  6. Directions for Daily Communion with God (Psalm 5:3; Psalm 25:5; Psalm 4:8) – pdf, 40 pp.
    {This title is also available as a Digital Puritan reprint.}
  7. Four Discourses Against Vice and Profaneness – pdf, 53 pp.
    1. A Friendly Admonition to Drunkards and Tipplers
    2. A Word of Advice to the Wanton and Unclean
    3. A Serious Address to Those Who Profane the Lord’s Day
    4. A Check to an Ungoverned Tongue
  8. Self-Consideration Necessary to Self-Preservation – pdf, 35 pp.
    1. The Folly of Despising Our Own Souls (Proverbs 15:32) – pdf, 20 pp.
    2. The Folly of Despising Our Own Ways (Proverbs 19:16) – pdf, 16 pp.
  9. Sober-Mindedness Recommended to the Young (Titus 2:6) – pdf, 19 pp.
  10. The Right Management of Friendly Visits (Acts 15:36) – pdf, 12 pp.
  11. A Church in the House: Family Religion (1 Corinthians 16:19) – pdf, 17 pp.
  12. A Sermon Preached to the Societies for the Reformation of Manners (Psalm 7:9) – pdf, 15 pp.
  13. Popery, A Spiritual Tyranny (Isaiah 51:23) – pdf, 14 pp.
  14. Method for Prayer – pdf, 75 pp.
  15. Family Hymns – pdf, 31 pp.

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

  1. Great Britain’s Present Joys and Hopes. (Two sermons, the first being preached New Year’s Eve, the second, New Year’s Day, 1706.) – pdf, 21 pp.
    1. England’s Joys (Psalm 65:11) – pdf, 11 pp.
    2. England’s Hopes (Isaiah 63:4) – pdf, 11 pp.
  2. The Work and Success of the Ministry (Luke 10:5-6) – pdf, 13 pp.
  3. The Promises of God (2 Corinthians 7:1) – pdf, 5 pp.
  4. Disputes Reviewed (Mark 9:33) – pdf, 10 pp.
  5. Faith in Christ Inferred From Faith in God (John 14:1) – pdf, 14 pp.
  6. Forgiveness of Sin as a Debt (Matthew 6:12, Luke 11:4) – pdf, 15 pp.
  7. Hope and Fear Balanced (Psalm 147:11) – pdf, 13 pp.
  8. The Catechising of Youth (2 Timothy 1:13) – pdf, 13 pp.
  9. A Memorial of the Fire of the Lord (Numbers 11:3) – pdf, 11 pp.
    (on the Great Fire of London in 1666).
  10. The True Nature of Schism – pdf, 7 pp.
  11. The Lay Man’s Reasons for Communing with Dissenters – pdf, 4 pp.
  12. A Plain Catechism for Children – pdf, 4 pp.
  13. Scripture Catechism in the Method of the Assembly’s – pdf, 65 pp.
  14. Christ’s Favor to Little Children Displayed (Mark 10:16) – pdf, 13 pp.
  15. Memoirs of Mrs. Radford – pdf, 3 pp.
  16. Memoirs of Mrs. Hulton – pdf, 14 pp.
  17. A Brief Account of the Life and Death of Doctor John Tylston – pdf, 8 pp.
  18. An Ordination Sermon for Mr. Atkinson (Isaiah 6:8) – pdf, 12 pp.
  19. An Ordination Sermon for Mr. Samuel Clark – pdf, 12 pp.
  20. A Funeral Sermon for the Reverend James Owen (Acts 20:37-38) – pdf, 16 pp.
  21. A Funeral Sermon for Mr. Samuel Benion (1 Peter 1:24-25) – pdf, 12 pp.
  22. The Life of Samuel Benion – pdf, 13 pp.
  23. A Funeral Sermon for the Reverend Francis Tallents (Jude 1:21) – pdf, 13 pp.
  24. The Life of the Reverend Francis Tallents – pdf, 11 pp.
  25. A Funeral Sermon for Mr. Samuel Lawrence (Philippians 2:27) – pdf, 11 pp.
  26. The Life of Mr. Samuel Lawrence – pdf, 7 pp.
  27. A Funeral Sermon for the Reverend Richard Stretton (2 Corinthians 8:16) – pdf, 17 pp.
  28. The Life of Richard Stretton – pdf, 4 pp.
  29. A Funeral Sermon for the Reverend Daniel Burgess (2 Corinthians 4:7) – pdf, 13 pp.
  30. The Life of Daniel Burgess – pdf, 4 pp.
  31. The Life of Lieutenant Illidge – pdf, 26 pp.
  32. Separation without Rebellion (Joshua 22:22-23) – pdf, 13 pp.
    (A sermon on the opening of the new meeting house at Chester)
  33. A Treatise on Baptism – pdf, 60 pp.
  34. Preface to the Life of the Reverend Thomas Beard – pdf, 2 pp.
  35. Preface to Murrey’s Closet Devotionspdf, 2 pp.
  36. Six Sermons on the Worth of the Soul (Matthew 16:26) – pdf, 25 pp.
  37. Sermons and Charges – pdf, 12 pp.
  38. Four Funeral Sermons (Isaiah 38:12, Job 14:10, Genesis 49:18, Psalm 90:6) – pdf, 7 pp.
  39. Four Fast Sermons (Isaiah 8:12-13, Isaiah 42:21, Jeremiah 14:7, Mark 13:7) – pdf, 16 pp.
  40. A Funeral Sermon for Mr. Matthew Henry, by W. Tong (John 13:36) – pdf, 11 pp.
  41. A Funeral Sermon for Mr. Matthew Henry, by John Reynolds (Matthew 25:21) – pdf, 11 pp.
  42. A Funeral Sermon for Mr. Matthew Henry, by Daniel Williams (Romans 14:8) – pdf, 12 pp.
  43. Forty-One Sermons of Philip Henry – pdf, 114 pp.

The Pleasantness of a Religious Life. (177 pages)
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{This title is also available as a Digital Puritan reprint.}


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