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       Henry Alford
       1810-1871
      
       Henry Alford was an English churchman, theologian, textual critic, scholar, poet, hymnodist, and writer.
      
       His chief fame rests on his monumental edition of the New Testament in Greek (4 vols.), which occupied him from 1841 to 1861. In this work he first produced a careful collation of the readings of the chief manuscripts and the researches of the ripest continental scholarship of his day. Philological rather than theological in character, it marked an epochal change from the old homiletic commentary, and though more recent research, patristic and papyral, has largely changed the method of New Testament exegesis, Alford's work is still a quarry where the student can dig with a good deal of profit.

There is no accounting for the ignorance of unbelief, as any minister of Christ knows by painful experience.

    Topics: Apathy, Unbelief

Thou canst not tell how rich a dowry sorrow gives the soul, how firm a faith and eagle sight of God.

    Topics: Faith

The poor man's hand is the treasury of Christ.

    Topics: Finances

Man's life is of God, not of his goods, however abundant they may be.

    Topics: Finances

Law is king of all.

    Topics: Government

Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straightforwardness are. Write much as you would speak; speak as you think. If with your inferiors, speak no coarser than usual; if with your superiors, no finer. Be what you say; and, within the rules of prudence, say what you are.

    Topics: Honesty

I know not if the dark or bright shall be by lot; if that wherein my hopes delight be best or not.

    Topics: Reasoning

If the way in which men express their thoughts is slipshod and mean, it will be very difficult for their thoughts themselves to escape being the same. If it is high flown and bombastic, a character for national simplicity and truthfulness cannot long be maintained.

    Topics: Truth

Truth does not consist in minute accuracy of detail, but in conveying a right impression; and there are vague ways of speaking that are truer than strict facts would be. When the Psalmist said, "Rivers of water run down mine eyes, because men keep not thy law," he did not state the fact, but he stated a truth deeper than fact, and truer.

    Topics: Truth


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