More Bits Of Matthew Henry

Casket With Jewelry by Larisa Koshkina--Public Domain Pictures


It’s been quite some time since I’ve done one of these “Bits Of” posts. I thought it time to rectify that.  Matthew Henry (1662-1714) is best known for his Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (1708–1710), an exhaustive verse by verse study of the Bible. His works, while exegetical in scope, were meant as a practical and devotional explanation of scripture. It is said that George Whitefield and Charles Spurgeon read through this work multiple times. Spurgeon stated, “Every minister ought to read it entirely and carefully through once at least.”

More pearls of wisdom from Matthew Henry:

“The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual enemies and put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with which the tempter baits his hooks.”

“Cast not away your confidence because God defers his performances. That which does not come in your time, will be hastened in his time, which is always the more convenient season. God will work when he pleases, how he pleases, and by what means he pleases. He is not bound to keep our time, but he will perform his word, honour our faith, and reward them that diligently seek him.”

“The more we accommodate ourselves to plain things, and the less we indulge in those artificial delights which gratify pride and luxury, the nearer we approach to a state of innocency.”

“You have been used to take notice of the sayings of dying men. This is mine: that a life spent in the service of God, and communion with Him, is the most comfortable and pleasant life that anyone can live in this world.”

“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.”

“Those who would bring great things to pass must rise early. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty.”

“He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.”

“Nothing can make a man truly great but being truly good, and partaking of God’s holiness.”

“Peace is such a precious jewel that I would give anything for it but truth.”

“Though we cannot by our prayers give God any information, yet we must by our prayers give him honor.”

“We read of preaching the Word out of season, but we do not read of praying out of season, for that is never out of season.”

“While we are zealous for good works, let us be careful not to put them in the place of Christ’s righteousness, and not to advance anything which may betray others into so dreadful a delusion.”

“Whatever we have of this world in our hands, our care must be to keep it out of our hearts, lest it come between us and Christ.”

“No attribute of God is more dreadful to sinners than His holiness.”

“Those that go gold into the furnace will come out no worse.”

“All this and heaven too.”


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