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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible is developed from the author's rare ability to express profound spiritual insights with simplicity and eloquence. His writings have been read and enjoyed for both their scholarship and devotion. For over 250 years this commentary has been one of the most widely used of all Bible commentaries.
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was a lover of the Bible from his very early years. After schooling in London, he was ordained in 1687 and pastored in Chester, England for 25 years. At his home in Chester, Matthew Henry conducted family prayers at the beginning and the end of the day. In the morning he expounded the Old Testament, and in the evening the New Testament. These expositions, amended as the result of questions and comments from his family and his neighbors, are likely the basis of his commentary.