Matthew Henry (1662 – 1714), the Prince of Bible expositors, has an accessible style with a proliferation of pithy phrases and proverb-like sayings. George Whitefield recorded in his journal in 1738: ‘Had this sentence out of Henry much pressed upon my heart to comfort me in my retirement, "The mower loses no time whilst he is whetting his scythe.”’ Spurgeon stated, "Every minister ought to read it entirely and carefully through once at least."
The author has read Henry’s entire exposition over about 35 years and extracted a selection of memorable quotes accompanied with a useful topical index, which will be a great help in sermon preparation and personal study.
Born in Bristol, Nigel came to Aberystwyth as a believer and mature student in September 1965 to read Chemistry at the University. He was President of the Christian Union from 1970-71, obtained a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1976, and worshipped at Alfred Place Baptist Church under the ministry of Pastor Geoff Thomas. He is married to Eileen, a graduate in Welsh, and they have two grown-up children, also believers, and four grandchildren. We have recently moved to be near the family and attend St Mellons Baptist Church, Cardiff, under the able ministry of Andy Christofides. Hobbies include reading, woodturning, crosswords and digital photography.
"Matthew Henry’s massive commentary on the whole Bible is like a mine loaded with diamonds. Nigel Faithfull gathers these diamonds by the handful and brings them sparkling into the light. This is a versatile resource. You can use its index to look up Henry’s wisdom on a particular topic. Or you can use it along with your daily reading through the Bible. Either way it is bound to bless. May God make the 350th anniversary of Henry’s birth into an occasion for many to discover anew the glory of Christ shining in the writings of Matthew Henry and his fellow Puritans.
Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan Dr. Nigel Faithfull was a member of our congregation in Aberystwyth for forty years. He sat at my feet, grave, thoughtful and encouraging. He often had helpful words to share with me in response to the preaching. He read much, widely and well, the best books. As a scientist he was especially interested in the Biblical doctrine of creation. Now it is my time to sit at his feet and learn from what he has gleaned from the greatest of Puritan Commentators, Matthew Henry. It would be an achievement to read through his commentary on the entire Bible. Dr. Faithfull has done more than that; he has gathered together aphorisms and insights from the writer and also indexed them. What we have is a wonderful overview of the Christian faith to ponder and reflect on. I have found the contents stimulating and inspiring. This is truly a store of priceless treasure, such choice statements of profound truth. It affords rich instruction and help to all Christians." - Geoff Thomas