Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was born at Broad Oak, Flintshire, Wales. His father Philip Henry was a nonconformist minister who was ejected by the Act of Uniformity in 1662, and took up residence at his wife's property in Broad Oak. Matthew was educated at home by his father, the academy of Thomas Doolittle two years, and at Gray's Inn for law studies. He was ordained in 1687 and began as pastor of a Presbyterian church in Chester and stayed for for 25 years. He married Katherine Hardware in 1687 (died in childbirth), then Mary Warurton in 1690. He moved to Hackney London in 1712 for two more years when he died of apoplexy. He is known for his popular commentary of the Bible.
A Church in the House
Matthew Henry's booklist:
- An Account of the Life and Death of Mr. Philip Henry, Minister of the Gospel, near Whitchurch in Shropshire.
- An Exposition of the Old and New Testament. 5 volumes (a commentary on the whole bible, finished from Henry's manuscripts by a number of minister after his death.)
- An Exposition of the Shorter Catechism, or, A Scripture Catechism in the Method of the Assemblies
- Brief Inquiry into the Nature of Schisim; Intended to Prove that Protestant Dissenters are Unjustly Charged with It (A).
- Communicant's Companion; or Instruction and Helps for the Right Receiving of the Lord's Supper (The).
- Concise Account of the Life of Lieutenant Illidge, Fifty Years in the Militia of the County Chester: Chiefly Collected from His Own Papers (A).
- Directions for Daily Communion with God; in Three Discourses: Showing How to Begin, How to Spend, and How to Close Every day with God.
- Discourse on Meekness and Quietness of Spirit (A)
- Family-hymns: Gather'd (mostly) Out of the Best Translations of David's Psalms
- Four Discourses against Vice and Profaneness, viz. Against I. Drunkenness II. Uncleanness, III. Sabbath-breaking, IV. Profane Speaking.
- Method for Prayer: with Scripture Expressions Proper to be Used Under Each Head (A).
- Plain Catechism for Children (A).
- Scripture Catechism: The Catechism of the Westminster Assembly of Divines ; with Scriptural Questions and Answers