Matthew Henry

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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry (October 18, 1662 – June 22, 1714), was an English non-conformist clergyman. He became minister of a Presbyterian congregation at Chester in 1687, removing in 1712 to Mare Street, Hackney. Two years later, he died suddenly of apoplexy at Nantwich while on a journey from Chester to London.

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. Its simple piety and its practical application, combined with the well-sustained flow of its racy English style, made it one of the best works of its type.


  • The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.
    • Commentaries, Genesis 2:21. [1]
  • Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colours that are but skin-deep.
    • Commentaries, Genesis 3
  • Our creature comforts
    • Commentaries, Psalm 37
  • None is so deaf as those that will not hear.
    • Commentaries, Psalm 58
  • Blushing is the colour of virtue.
    • Commentaries, Jeremiah 20
  • Better late than never.
    • Commentaries, Matthew 21
  • Judas had given them the slip.
    • Commentaries, Luke 22
  • Do nothing till thou hast well considered the end of it.
    • Commentaries, Proverbs 7


  • Wise anger is like fire from a flint: there is great ado to get it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.
  • I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.
  • Were a man to live as long as Methuselah, and to spend all his days in the highest delights sin can offer, one hour of the anguish and tribulation that must follow, would far outweigh them.

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