Thursday, June 30, 2022
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Q. Why would David deliver the seven descendants of Saul to the Gibeonites to be hanged? That seems wrong.
A. David ordered them hung because of a three-year famine and to fulfill the Gibeonites’ yearning for retribution against Saul and his actions.
The record of this incident begins with God’s judgement by way of famine on the nation of Israel.[i] When David enquires of God about the problem, “the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.”[ii] Saul sinned against the Gibeonites in cruelty and treachery. This wrong had not been righted. The Israelites swore an oath and made a league to spare the Gibeonites and live at peace with them (Joshua 9). The Gibeonites devised a cunning ruse to persuade the Israelites to make peace with them. God nevertheless expected them to keep their oath (Ecclesiastes 5:4).[iii] Saul violated this covenant. David was right in enquiring of God as to the problem. However, it appears that he erred in enquiring of the Gibeonites rather than God for how to fix the problem. In verse 3, he asked the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you?” They answer their desire (see verses 5 and 6) – “let seven men of [Saul’s] sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the Lord in Gibeah of Saul”.
David does not hesitate. He agrees and delivers seven sons of Saul to the Gibeonites for hanging.[iv] The Gibeonites received their revenge on the house of Saul. Had David enquired of God, perhaps God would have commanded another solution.
Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the mother of two of the men hanged, is an honourable character in this story (cf. 2 Samuel 3:7). The Gibeonites left the bodies hanging for all to see.[v] Rizpah protected the bodies from the devouring by birds and beasts.[vi] When David hears what Rizpah had done, he seems to be moved with compassion and ends the gruesome scenario. Only after David buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan and the bones of the seven that were hanged “God was intreated for the land.”[vii]
This incident in the life of David is unusual and contrary to our modern sensibilities. That God recorded it does not mean he approved it, morally. However, we know that such stories are recorded for our learning and our admonition, and “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2).
As someone has said, regardless of the interpretation of this passage, the story will ruffle its readers. I do not have all the answers, but here are a few observations.
Regardless of what we may not understand or misunderstand, God is just. The judgment of the famine and the reason for it is a temporal punishment under the righteous hand of God. Only a fool seeks a quarrel with God.
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. Deuteronomy 32:4
God judges nations. See Ezekiel chapters 25-32.
Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. Read Jeremiah 18:1-10.
God judged Israel because of “blood-guilt” that had not been justly compensated according to the law. Seven of Saul’s sons were executed. Though the capital punishment was carried out by the Gibeonites, it seems that God’s wrath was not satisfied until all the associated dead were buried – “after that God was intreated for the land.” All told, it is a sad episode in Israel’s history that illustrates that God is not mocked, but whatsoever a man, or a nation, soweth, that will also be reaped.
[ii] It is not clear exactly when this occurred. According to John Gill, “the Jews commonly say that he slew them when he slew the priests at Nob, they being hewers of wood and drawers of water to them, and were slain with them.” See Joshua 9:27 and 1 Samuel 22:17-19. However, their answer in verse 5 suggests this was an ongoing process in the reign of Saul to eliminate the presence of the Gibeonites as inhabitants of Israel. The land was polluted with blood, Numbers 35:33-34. 2 Samuel 21:2 – his bloody house – possibly implicates Saul’s family in the attempted extermination of the Gibeonites.
[iii] For their submission, the Gibeonites achieved survival and received protection (Joshua 9:25 and Joshua 10:6-7)
[iv] David’s action are seen by some as a violation of his oath to Saul, 1 Samuel 24:21-22. He does not, however, seek the extermination of all Saul’s descendants, and he carefully keeps his oath to Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:3; 20:15–17, 42; 23:18).
[v] A violation of Deuteronomy 21:22-23.
[vi] Such a fate was incurred in the curse of an Israel that would “not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.”
[vii] It seems that the nation was also guilty of not honouring their dead leaders of the first dynasty with a proper burial. Compare 1 Samuel 31:8–13.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Known hymnwriters and composers
- Geo. W. Bacon
- Katharyn Bacon
- Ben F. Creel
- Mrs. Bertie Day
- George Edward “Eddie” Day
- Joe R. Day
- Walton Day
- Douglas Goldsberry
- W. T. Green
- Leonard Harvey
- L. L. Harvey
- Floyd Harvin
- Roy R. Harvin
- J. N. Lusk
- W. I. Martindale
- R. H. McNiel
- Sharp McNiel
- G. A. Raney
- Bernard N. Richards
- Miss Pervilla Roark
- T. E. Self
- O. D. Tannery
- R. W. Tannery
- Luther Thornton
- Romulous A. Wisener
- Rev. J. L. Wortham
- J. Burrell Wood
- Miss Bertie Calcote
- Rev. G. B. Carter
- C. S. Goode
- Miss Eva Lewis or Miss Eva Lewis
- Oliver McNiel or Oliver McNiel
- W. E. Milstead, probably William E., son of Lewis and Louisa Milstead of Rusk County
- A. L. Reed
- Earl Reid
- J. E, Sullivan
- A. D. Wall (his brother-in-law, Allen T. Garrard, pastored in Nacogdoches; Wall was living in Texas around this time + he named a son Sharp Wall)
- Addie Birdwell
- Sylvester S. Cofer
- Kittie Deason
- J. P. Henderson
- Edwin Moore
- Howard E. Smith
- Stella May Thompson
Monday, June 27, 2022
“Whose heart the Lord opened.” Acts 16:14
It is always blessed to trace mercies to their source! And blessed when, through grace, we are enabled to give God his glory, and not put down to man’s merit what wholly originates in God’s grace. The opening of the heart can only be the province of Him that made it. Renewing work, as well as creating work, is his. He that hath the key of David, is he alone “that openeth, and none shutteth; and shutteth, and none openeth.” What a beautiful illustration hath the Holy Ghost given the church of this precious truth, in the instance of this woman, whose heart the Lord opened!
Robert Hawker (1753-1827)
Sunday, June 26, 2022
We Bless Thy Holy Name is song # 75 in The Best Gospel Songs and Their Composers, by A. J. Showalter. Claude Hinton Bottoms, a composer, evangelist, and music teacher, wrote the tune. He is buried at the Riverdale Baptist Cemetery in Riverdale, Clayton County, Georgia. Laura Bell Hunter wrote the words. For biographical information on Mrs. Hunter, see Hymnwriter: Mrs. J. M. Hunter is Laura Bell Ogilvie Hunter.
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Held: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.
- The Bible condemns murder – the taking of human life without justification.
- The Bible affirms the humanity of unborn children.
- Since the Bible establishes the humanity of the unborn child, then abortion is murder and cannot be morally permissible.
- The U. S. Constitution does not affirm abortion as a right.
- Murder should be regulated at the State rather than Federal level.
- The choice being made in abortion is the choice to take an innocent human life.
- Born to a mentally challenged survivor of gang rape, he now shares a message of life and hope -- “I wasn’t supposed to be here but a woman who was homeless, unemployed, and mentally challenged chose life.”
- Car Dealers Reveal Problems with Getting Your Electric Vehicle Serviced -- “Dealerships, especially, are warning that even they are having trouble finding enough qualified techs to service the cars...service shops are facing a serious shortage of mechanics who have been trained to work on electric cars.”
- Do Any Textual Variants Impact Doctrine? -- “I can think of at least two variants that jeopardize the doctrine of inerrancy, both of which occur in the first book of the New Testament: in Matthew 13:35 and Matthew 27:49.”
- Doctor’s Orders -- “Before the war, Lyon Heard taught classes in hygiene and child care at the University of Texas’ medical school in Galveston.”
- Foote’s Texas -- “In a career that went on to span seven decades across the stage and screen, Foote conceded to fictional names, but the people and places that formed him remained at the center of his stories.”
- History of the English Dort Bible -- “In 1645, Haak was requested by the Westminster Assembly to translate the Statenvertaling 1637, including its exposition, into English.”
- Methodist historian John Clark Ridpath: The Baptist Succession Quote -- “Did this leading Methodist scholar admit that Baptists were around in A. D. 100? Yes, he did!”
- ***Paging Mark Ward*** Archaic Words Appear in the KJV AND in the Most Popular Modern Versions -- “...without dispute is the striking revelation that modern, up-to-date Bible versions like the NRSV, NASB, NIV, and NKJV likewise contain archaic words.”
- Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism -- “Where revivalism depends on God’s Words plus our methods, revival depends on God’s Word.”
- Sample of Why I Preach from the Received Text -- “Modern academic textual criticism rejects divine preservation, and therefore proceeds to pursue reconstruction of the text based on human reasoning.”
- Texas GOP Declares Biden Illegitimately Elected, Rejects 2020 Certified Results -- “We believe that substantial election fraud in key metropolitan areas significantly affected the results in five key states in favor of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.”
- The Gospel of Peter" -- “The Gospel of Peter (and the so-called Cross Gospel) is clearly later than the NT Gospels and is sprinkled throughout with imaginative elements and traces of legend.”
- The Relationship Between Wokeism and Revivalism in Churches -- “The SBC, evangelicalism, fundamentalism, and independent Baptists are all rife with revivalism. The adherents depend on more than the Word of God for the results.”
Friday, June 24, 2022
On Wednesday I published “#” McNiel, about a local singing school teacher, composer, and publisher. He taught singing schools in our community in the early 1900s. He and Bernard N. Richards[i] created the McNiel-Richards Music Company, and published at least two shape note songbooks – Soul Songs and Sonnets: A superior collection of Songs and Hymns for the Church, Revival, Sunday-school, Prayer Service and Convention in 1909 and Sunbeam Songs: A superior collection of New and Old songs for the Church, Sunday-school, Revival, Young People’s Societies, Prohibition, and Convention Work in 1910.
My grandfather’s brother, B. L. Vaughn, had a song (maybe more than one) published in one of the McNiel-Richards books. It is not in Soul Songs and Sonnets. It must be in Sunbeam Songs, unless there is a third compilation of which I am unaware.
Soul Songs and Sonnets lists McNiel and Richards as the publishers/editors. Four other men are listed as “Associate Authors” – A. L. Reed, Doug Goldsberry, Joe R. Day, and J. E. Sullivan. I know who Goldsberry and Day are, and would love to identify Reed and Sullivan. I am posting their pictures below in hopes that someone somewhere somehow might be able to identify them.
Thursday, June 23, 2022
On his Biblical Studies and Reviews blog, Stephen Hackett calls attention to a statement by textual scholar Bart Ehrman. It is from Ehrman’s “What Kind of a Text is the King James Bible? Manuscripts, Translation, and the Legacy of the KJV” keynote address at the “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” exhibition at the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University in 2013.
Comments start about 21:43:00 and go to about 22:43:00 (and about 1:35:00 on Hackett’s blog)
There are questions among scholars about how many people actually participated in the translation; but the best answer is that there were forty-seven translators, who were all skilled, highly skilled, in Greek and Hebrew. Today when somebody is highly skilled in Greek, like Jeff Siker and me, we’re considered highly skilled – that means we can kind of slosh our way through a Greek text if we have a good dictionary sitting next to us. These guys, including King James, could speak Greek and did speak Greek to each other when they felt like it. They could read Hebrew like the newspaper. These were serious serious scholars. They didn’t have TV – no ESPN. So what did they do? They sat around and studied Greek. This is what they did. And Latin, and Hebrew…
...my audience was made up of mostly Greek professors and doctoral-level students who had probably taken, on average, 4-7 years of Greek by now and some of whom had been teaching Greek for 20-30 years by now.After the audience had finished, I collected their quizzes. The average “grade” was 0.4 out 10 correct.
- Bart Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department Of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, with degrees from Wheaton College (BA, 1978) and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv, 1981; PhD, 1985).
- Daniel R. Streett is an Associate Professor in Biblical Studies at Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas, with degrees from Criswell College (BA in Biblical Studies), Yale Divinity School (MA in Biblical Studies), and Southeastern Seminary (PhD in New Testament).
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Julian Hilary “Sharp” McNiel was born in Rusk County, Texas, November 13, 1873, the son of George Thomas McNiel and Susan Frances Wallace. He married Nettie Lee Irby (1875-1958) in 1896 and they were the parents six children.
He studied music at an early age under his brother, Larkin McNiel, followed by J. B. Martin and Miss Margarite Wood.[i] In 1898 he attended the Southern Normal Musical Institute (S.N.M.I.) at Mansfield, Texas, which was conducted by A. J. Showalter and Edwin Moore. He received a diploma from S.N.M.I. in 1901 at Childress. He taught singing schools and conducted normals in Texas and Oklahoma (and perhaps other places). He directed music for gospel meetings, and composed music. In his songbooks, he often signed his name with the musical sharp symbol – “# McNiel.”[ii] With Bernard N. Richards, he formed the McNiel-Richards Music Company by 1908. They published at least two songbooks – Soul Songs and Sonnets: A superior collection of Songs and Hymns for the Church, Revival, Sunday-school, Prayer Service and Convention and Sunbeam Songs: A superior collection of New and Old Songs for the Church, Sunday-school, Revival, Young People’s Societies, Prohibition, and Convention Work. In addition, McNiel copyrighted one book before the partnership was formed: McNiel’s Loyal Melodies: a Choice Collection of New Songs for the Church, Revival, Convention and all Christian Endeavor Work (by Sharp McNiel, with special contributors, copyrighted in April of 1908). Both the Trio Music Company of Waco and A. J. Showalter published his songs before he formed the McNiel-Richards Company, and other publishers printed some of his songs after his death.
In a 1905 mail survey conducted by A. J. Showalter, among the “ten gospel songs of other composers [i.e., other than Showalter] receiving the greatest number of votes thus far are: ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus,’ by C. C. Converse, 420; ‘Blessed Home,’ by J. E. Bigby, 336; ‘Glory Over Yonder,’ by Sharp McNeil (sic), 252; ‘God Be With You Till We Meet Again,’ by W. G. Tomer, 231…”[iii]
From The Best Gospel Songs and Their Composers, 1904
Sharp McNiel was apparently affiliated with the Church of Christ. His brother Richard Hubbard McNiel was a fairly well known Church of Christ evangelist in the early 1900s.
McNiel named one of his daughters Jennie Wilson McNiel. In all likelihood, he named her after the popular hymn writer Jennie Bain Wilson (author of “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand”). The respect in which McNiel was held can be seen in a singing class called the Sharp McNiel class nearly forty years after his death (See Tyler Morning Telegraph, Thursday, Septemeber 17, 1949, page 7).
McNiel died at the young age of 37 after an attack of appendicitis. On Wednesday the 19th of April in 1911, he was taken to the sanitarium in Nacogdoches, Texas, where they performed an operation. He died the following Sunday. McNiel is buried at the Gould Cemetery in Rusk County, north of the Sulphur Springs community.
“My only desire, while laboring through this life is to be successful in teaching the young men and women of our land and country, the noble science and power in sacred song: Thus enabling them to praise the most holy and righteous Saviour, by singing the sweet songs of Zion.” – Sharp McNiel, in a footnote under song No. 18 in Soul Songs and Sonnets.
[ii] At least in the one I have, Soul Songs and Sonnets.
[iii] The Arkansas Gazette, Sunday, May 7, 1905, Part II, page 10.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Last July, I posted the hymn “My Dearest Friend”, by Mrs. J. M. Hunter. Though she wrote hundreds of hymns, her identity has eluded researchers. Her picture appeared in The Best Gospel Songs and Their Composers (Anthony Johnson Showalter, editor. Dalton, GA: A. J. Showalter Co., 1904), but there was no biography. (Dick Adams at Cyber Hymnal says “The hymnology community has been trying to identify her for decades”) As others, I had been unsuccessful in my attempts to identify her. That changed last week. A friend asked for some help on this for someone who had noticed some critical pieces of information about Mrs. Hunter – that when she copyrighted “A Glimpse of Home” in 1901, Mrs. J. M. Hunter was living in Morristown, Hamblen County, Tennessee, and that an advertisement about that hymn in 1906 in The Herald and Presbyter indicated she was then living Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee. Armed with this new information, I set out to identify any Mr. & Mrs. J. M. Hunter who may have lived in those places at those times.
Long story short, a Mrs. J. M. Hunter turned up in these places, and subsequent research of the family movements left me with no doubt this was the hymn writer. Mrs. J. M. Hunter is the former Laura Bell Ogilvie, daughter of Thomas J. Ogilvie and Mary Ann Bell. She was born in Bedford County, Tennessee September 3, 1860. She married John Madison Hunter on December 16, 1879 in Bedford County.
Below is family information based on census and other records.
In 1870, Laura Bell is living with her parents and four siblings in District 6, Bedford County, Tennessee.
- M. B. Hunter 62 Self (Head)
- M. S. Hunter 28 Daughter
- J. M. Hunter 27 Son
- L. B. Hunter 19 Daughter-in-law
- W. W. Hunter 30 Son
- Robert Hunter 3 Grandson born in Kentucky
The movements of this family coincide with what is known of the poetess Mrs. J. M. Hunter. In addition at least two newspaper pieces identify her as a “writer of words for sacred music” and “the author of a number of gospel hymns.”
“Mrs. J. M. Hunter and little son, Herbert L. Hunter, of Willow Spring, Mo., spent Thursday and Friday in the city enroute to northeastern Maryland, where they will reside. Mrs. Hunter is a writer of words for sacred music and while in the city visited her publishers.” (The Chattanooga News, Friday, March 28, 1919, p. 6)
It is not clear to me, but I believe that Mrs. Laura Bell Hunter probably received some compensation from a publisher for her hymns, who in turn supplied them for use to composers. Most of the songs with words by Mrs. Hunter appear to be copyrighted by the authors of the music.
A Prominent Gospel Hymn Writer
Two Sacred Harp composers used hymns by Laura Bell (Mrs. J. M.) Hunter – God’s Unchanging Hand by B. F. Faust and I Have a Precious Friend by T. J. Allen. Both songs were added to the Cooper Edition of The Sacred Harp in 1927.
I received the information from which I started through a third party, so I do not know whom to credit for the initial information that led me to confirm who was Mrs. J. M. Hunter.
Monday, June 20, 2022
The future of the new theology, or Modernism—call it what you will—is forcefully brought out by E. J. Poole-Connor in his Evangelicalism in England. He tells of a conversation between the editor of an agnostic magazine and a modernist minister. The editor told the minister that despite their different vocations they had much in common. “I don’t believe the Bible,” said the agnostic, “but neither do you. I don’t believe the story about creation, but you don’t either.”From Spurgeon by Arnold Dallimore, Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1985, p. 214 (As quoted by Doug Nichols) originally from Edward Joshua Poole-Connor, Evangelicalism in England, London: The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, 1951
“I don’t believe in the deity of Christ, nor His resurrection or ascension—I don’t believe any of those things, but neither do you. I am as much a Christian as you, and you are as much an infidel as I!”
Sunday, June 19, 2022
In introducing an article titled A Father’s Day Reflection: Bring Back the Father and the Shooting Will Stop, Gary J. Isbell (a member of the Board of Directors of The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property and Webmaster for TFP.org, an organization of lay Catholic Americans) wrote:
This Father’s Day, the true father is missing. We need more than ever the revival of the Christian father. We need a father that serves as a monitor, provider and protector. A father that makes the world return to order and God. Only with this father will the shooting stop.
In “Fatherlessness is everybody’s problem,” Presbyterian Robert J. Pacienza (President and CEO of D. James Kennedy Ministries) writes:
Leftist social policies have helped encourage fatherlessness and broken families, which has been a major factor in parental indifference in the rearing and education of children.
The crucial importance of a father in a child’s life is “something our culture minimizes and even ignores to our peril.”
Do modern Baptists agree with the importance of the Christian father in the home?
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
Saturday, June 18, 2022
10 Tough Questions from the Old Testament Answered. Reasons to Believe/Reasons.org. E-Book. 14 pages.
Very disappointing. Not worth the purchase price (it was free). Not recommended.
Reasons to Believe offered this as a free e-book download. Looked like it might be worthwhile, so I requested it. However, this is not a book defending the Old Testament record, spending more time trying to explain the miracles as sort-of-providential natural occurrences. Moses probably did not turn the water to blood in Egypt; it may have involved toxic red algae. The long day of Joshua was an extended period of darkness, since they “needed the coolness of night to continue the battle.” According to Reasons.org, “most Old Testament scholars” prefer this interpretation (even though I could find no translations that support this idea).
God sending fire from heaven in answer to the prayer of Elijah appears to be supernatural, they say.
However, there is a plausible hypernatural, science-based explanation based on a type of lightning strike commonly called a “Bolt from the Blue.”
The Nephilim of Genesis chapter 6 may have been “the product of human and Neanderthal interbreeding.”
10 Tough Questions from the Old Testament Answered presents a “halfway covenant” between the natural explanations of science and the supernatural explanations of Scripture. With friends like that, the Bible does not need enemies! Be not deceived.
Friday, June 17, 2022
Q. In 2 Samuel 20:3, why did David keep his former concubines in prison for the rest of their lives.
2 Samuel 20:3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.
A. These are the ten concubines that David left to keep the house when he escaped from Absalom (2 Samuel 15:16). This can sound bad to us that David would leave them behind at Jerusalem – but we are looking it in hindsight, and it turned out badly. However, I think he had no obvious reason to suppose these women would be in imminent danger from his son Absalom. Because of the vile counsel of Ahithophel (2 Samuel 16:21-22) that turned out to be the false assumption. You must do something so heinous as to convince the people there could be no reconciliation of Absalom and David. It was good counsel as a strategy of military takeover but morally it was evil, and probably beyond what David could have guessed would happen. After Absalom’s rebellion was put down, David came back to his house at Jerusalem. These, who all need had been raped by Absalom, David “put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them.” They lived as widows. When we compare all the uses of “ward” and “shut up” in the Scriptures, it is not necessary that we think that David put these concubines in prison. Sometimes ward does mean prison or something related to it. Sometimes it means more of a division or separation (Nehemiah 12:44-46; 13:29-31). “Shut up” sometimes refers to the quarantine of those the priests were investigating for skin diseases, or to those who were separated for some reason. Here these words mean that because Absalom had defiled these concubines, David made a separation of them from the rest of his wives and concubines. They functionally lived the lives of widows. They were not put away, neither set at liberty to be given to another, but were perpetual widows. Though David took care of them as far as housing and feeding them, he no longer went in to them as his concubines.
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Back in November of 1983, a couple of members of the first church I pastored, brothers Arnold and Jerry Smith, gave me a six-volume set of the commentary of Matthew Henry (1662–1714).
I have used, enjoyed, and cherished this generous gift. It is devotional, experiential, and practical – quite distinct in this regard from most modern commentaries. When I quote from it, I always quote “Matthew Henry.” However, I have known for many years that Henry died before he completed this work – voluminous as the work he completed is! Recently I decided to check into just exactly what part of the work is his, and what was completed after his death. Long story short, Matthew Henry completed commentary from the book of Genesis through the book of Acts. Friends of Henry completed the rest of the New Testament, Romans through Revelation.
From the Preface to Volume VI, p. iii:
After much expectation, and many enquiries, the last volume of the late reverend Mr. Henry’s Exposition now appears in the world. The common disadvantages that attend posthumous productions will doubtless be discerned in this; but we hope, though there are diversities of gifts, there will be found to be the same spirit. Some of the relations and hearers of that excellent person have been at the pains of transcribing the notes they took in short-hand of this part of the holy scripture, when expounded by him in his family or in the congregation; they have furnished us with very good materials for the finishing of this great work, and we doubt not but that the ministers who have been concerned in it have made that use of those assistances which may entitle this composure to the honour of Mr. Henry’s name; and, if so, they can very willingly conceal their own.
- Romans - John Evans.
- 1 Corinthians - Simon Browne.
- 2 Corinthians - Daniel Mayo.
- Galatians - Joshua Bayes.
- Ephesians - Samuel Rosewell.
- Philippians and Colossians - William Harris.
- 1 & 2 Thessalonians - Daniel Mayo.
- 1 & 2 Timothy - Benjamin Andrews Atkinson.
- Titus & Philemon - Jeremiah Smith.
- Hebrews - William Tong.
- James - S. Wright.
- 1 Peter - Zech. Merrill.
- 2 Peter - Joseph Hill.
- 1, 2, & 3 John - Mr. John Reynolds.
- Jude - John Billingsby (or Billingsley).
- Revelation - William Tong.
You are aware, perhaps, that the latter part of the New Testament was completed by other hands, the good man having gone the way of all flesh. The writers were Messrs, Evans, Brown, Mayo, Bays, Rosewell, Harriss, Atkinson, Smith, Tong, Wright, Merrell, Hill, Reynolds, and Billingsley--all Dissenting ministers. They have executed their work exceedingly well, have worked in much of the matter which Henry had collected, and have done their best to follow his methods, but their combined production is far inferior to Matthew Henry himself, and any reader will soon detect the difference.