Topical Proverbs

The good old bible commentator Mathew Henry (1662 –1714) did us a great favor in putting together this very helpful topical index of Proverbs. He categorized all the proverbs under 77 topics.

But before I get to it I must say something of his well known six-volume Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (1708–10) or Complete Commentary which provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the Bible, covering the whole of the Old Testament, and the Gospels and Acts in the New Testament. After the author’s death, the work was finished (Romans through Revelation) by thirteen other nonconformist ministers, partly based upon notes taken by Henry’s hearers, and edited by George Burder and John Hughes in 1811. It is available on apps like esword and Mysword and is my wife’s & my very helpful companion as we read through the Bible every year.

George Whitefield read through it four times, the last time on his knees. Charles Spurgeon .  stated, “Every minister ought to read it entirely and carefully through once at least.” John Wesley wrote of Henry:

 his exposition is generally clear and intelligible, the thoughts being expressed in plain words: It is also found, agreeable to the tenor of scripture, and to the analogy of faith. It is frequently full, giving a sufficient explication of the passages which require explaining. It is in many parts deep, penetrating farther into the inspired writings than most other comments do. It does not entertain us with vain speculations, but is practical throughout: and usually spiritual too, teaching us how to worship God, not in form only, but in spirit and in truth.

I agree.

(quotes from wikipedia)

May this Proverbs topical index, coming out of the above commentary, help you in your study of Proverbs, to convict of sin and also as a guide to live by with the help of the Holy Spirit.

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