Matthew Henry’s six-volume ‘Exposition of the Old and New Testament’ or Complete Bible Commentary has long been celebrated as the best of English commentaries of the Bible for devotional purposes. It provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the Bible, covering the whole of the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Commentary was begun in November 1704. The first volume was published in 1708; that and four other volumes appeared in a uniform edition in 1710. Before his death Henry completed the Acts for an unpublished sixth volume. After his death the Epistles and Revelation were prepared by thirteen ministers, partly based upon notes taken by Henry’s hearers. The complete edition was edited by George Burder and John Hughes and published in 1811 in 6 volumes. Henry’s ‘Exposition’ has often been abridged. Now for the first time it is made available by OSNOVA in its full unabridged form to the Kindle users.
Henry’s commentaries are primarily exegetical, dealing with the Scripture text as presented, with his prime intention being explanation for practical and devotional purposes. The Commentary excels at practical application, displaying good sense, discrimination, high moral tone and simple piety, combined with the well-sustained flow of its English style.
Famous evangelical Protestant preachers such as George Whitefield and Charles Spurgeon used and heartily commended the work, with Whitefield reading it through four times – the last time on his knees. Spurgeon stated, ” Every minister ought to read it entirely and carefully through once at least.”
Features of the Kindle edition
Until now, there have been available only concise editions of Matthew Henry’s Commentary for the Kindle. OSNOVA’s Kindle edition includes the unabridged text of the entire six paper volumes incorporating an active table of contents, a joystick navigation between chapters, and a cross-reference system between the commentary and the included Bible (with Direct Verse Jump), which makes it easy to locate any place within the Commentary or the Scriptures in seconds. The table of contents allows navigation to any chapter of the Scriptures, with the hyperlinked dot to the right of each chapter leading to the corresponding place in the Commentary. Each title and each verse number in the included Bible is hyperlinked to the corresponding passage in the Commentary, and each reference in the Commentary is hyperlinked to the corresponding passage in the Bible.
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- First, you can go to the table of contents (to do that, press “Menu” button, select “Go to” and select “Table of Contents.”) Note that the chapter numbers lead to the Bible chapters. If you look carefully you will see that there is a dot next to each number which leads to the corresponding section of the Commentary. In the attached screenshot, the dots are underlined and the cursor is on the dot (not on the number). The dot is actually the link to the Commentary.
- Second, when you open any section of the Commentary, press right or left on the five-way controller (the square thingy) to move to the previous or next section in the Commentary.
- Finally, you can open any Bible passage (using the DVJ as explained at http://osnova.com/blog/2011/06/14/how-to-use-osnova-publications/) and move the cursor to the underlined verse number and press on the verse number to go to the corresponding Commentary section. Yes, verse numbers are links to the Commentary for that verse. Note that Matthew Henry grouped his commentary into sections, rather than providing comments for each verse, so the link will lead you to the top of the corresponding section, which discusses a number of verses.