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       Matthew Henry
       1662-1714
      
       Matthew Henry was an English non-conformist clergyman.
      
       Henry's well-known Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (1708-1710) is a commentary of a practical and devotional rather than of a critical kind, 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 by a number of ministers, and edited by George Burder and John Hughes in 1811. Not a work of textual criticism, its attempt at good sense, discrimination, its high moral tone and simple piety with practical application, combined with the well-sustained flow of its English style, made it one of the most popular works of its type. Matthew Henry's six volume Complete Commentary, originally published in 1706, provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the Bible. His commentaries are still in use to this day.


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Goodness makes greatness truly valuable, and greatness make goodness much more serviceable.

    Topics: Achievement

We do not trust God, but tempt him, when our expectations slacken our exertions.

    Topics: Achievement, Trust

Wise anger is like fire from the flint; there is a great ado to bring it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.

    Topics: Anger, Fire

The anger of a meek man is like fire struck out of steel, hard to be got out, and when got out, soon gone. The meek enjoy almost a perpetual Sabbath.

    Topics: Anger, Meekness

If we would be angry and not sin (says one), we must be angry at nothing but sin; and we should be more jealous for the glory of God than for any interest or reputation of our own.

    Topics: Anger

None so deaf as those that will not hear.

    Topics: Apathy

We are too apt to rest in a bare profession of faith, and to think that this will save us; it is a cheap and easy religion to say, "We believe in the articles of the Christian faith;" but it is a great delusion to imagine that this is enough to bring us to heaven.

    Topics: Apathy

What we count the ills of life are often blessings in disguise, resulting in good to us in the end. Though for the present not joyous but grievous, yet, if received in a right spirit, they work out fruits of righteousness for us at last.

    Topics: Blessings, Holiness, Righteousness

The riches we impart are the only wealth we shall always retain.

    Topics: Charity, Wealth

Christ is our temple, in whom by faith all believers meet.

    Topics: Christ, Faith

The saints are God's jewels, highly esteemed by and dear to him; they are a royal diadem in his hand.

    Topics: Christians

It is a good thing to have a heart within us smiting us for sins that seem little; it is a sign that conscience is awake and tender, and will be the means of preventing greater sins.

    Topics: Conscience
    Source: Commentary, 1 Samuel 24:5.

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