Henry was ordained on May 9th by a group of six nonconformist ministers. He presented a paper written in Latin as part of his ordination. He then became minister of a new Presbyterian congregation at Chester. He became a member of the local Chester union of ministers. Henry said of living in Chester "I cannot think of leaving Chester, until Chester leaves me. After moving to Chester, he married Kathrine Hardware on July 19, , after her mother initially objected to the marriage. On February 14, Kathrine died, at age 25, of small pox shortly after the birth of their first child.
He was introduced to Mary Warburton, a relative of Mrs. On July 8th , he married Mary Warburton in Chester. His second child, Elizabeth was born in April 2 , his first having died in infancy. This child died in infancy in July A third child was born in who died three weeks after birth.
At age 26 in , the amount of speaking engagements started to impact his health.
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He was frequently subject to fevers. A letter from his father instructed him " He traveled almost weekly to different cities to speak. He spent significant amounts of time studying and writing his sermons and lectures in advance. Henry preferred to use an expository speaking style. For each speaking engagement, he would employ different base texts to expand upon his general topic. His approach to teaching was "Choose for your pulpit subjects the plainest, and most needful truths; and endeavor to make them plainer.
These writings would later form the basis on which he developed his commentary. Between the years of , Matthew Henry continued to live in Chester, England.
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In , Esther Henry was born to Mathew Henry and his wife. Esther lived to adulthood. Unfortunately, this child also died in infancy in in a local Measals outbreak. Henry was very saddened at her death. The death of Ann was his forth child to have died in infancy. Mathew Henry and Mary Warburton had their first son in and named him Philip and he kept his mother's name. In , Henry traveled to London to speak for the first time since moving to Chester.
On the trip to London, he made speaking stops in Nantwich , Newcastle, Lichfield and other towns on the way. He traveled to London again to speak in and this time Mary accompanied him. Up until this time, his health had be quite good despite the pace at which he worked. In August of he fainted while he was speaking but quickly resumed speaking.
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The next two days he traveled to Nantwich and then to Haslington. Upon his return to Chester, he was bed ridden with a fever for three weeks. He moved again in to Mare Street , Hackney after accepting an invitation to take over the ministry of the Hackney congregation.
Henry's well-known six-volume Exposition of the Old and New Testaments —10 or Complete Commentary , 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 sixth volume Romans through Revelation was finished by thirteen other nonconformist ministers, partly based upon notes taken by Henry's hearers. Henry's commentaries are primarily exegetical , dealing with the scripture text as presented, with his prime intention being explanation, for practical and devotional purposes.
While not being a work of textual research, for which Henry recommended Matthew Poole 's Synopsis Criticorum , Henry's Exposition gives the result of a critical account of the original as of his time, with practical application.
In agreement with many other reformed Christian theologians, the Commentary identifies the " man of sin ", the focus of latter day apostasy, and the Antichrist as the papacy in his interpretation of 2 Thessalonians The author lists three "blasphemous titles" that he states have been attached to the "bishops of Rome. He is allowed by all competent judges, to have been a person of strong understanding, of various learning, of solid piety, and much experience in the ways of God. And 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.
Several abbreviated editions of the Commentary were published in the twentieth century; more recently the Christian linguist and author of reference books, Martin H. Perhaps his best-known quotation is about the relationship between men and women, from the story of the creation of Eve, in the Book of Genesis :. 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.
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His father, Philip Henry, had just been ejected by the Act of Uniformity Unlike most of his fellow-sufferers, Philip possessed some private means, and was thus able to give his son a good education. Matthew went first to a school at Islington, and then to Grays Inn. He soon gave up his legal studies for theology, and in became minister of a Presbyterian congregation at Chester.
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He moved again in to Mare Street, Hackney. Henrys well-known Exposition of the Old and New Testaments — 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.
After the authors death, the work was finished by a number of ministers, and edited by G.