Julian Freeman

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Matthew Henry didn’t love his ‘stuff’

I love Matthew Henry for so many reasons. Here’s one of them: He wasn’t like us. He wasn’t materialistic like we all are these days.

One day when Mr Henry was robbed while journeying, he returned home to write this in his diary:

Lord, I thank you
that I have never been robbed before;
that although they took my money, they spared my life;
that although they took everything, it wasn’t very much;
that it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.

Not sure that would be my response.

Praise the Lord for men who like this who have continued to form ‘so great a cloud of witnesses’ before us. God give us grace to run as they did!


  1. I read Matthew Henry everday. I thanked God for him today in my prayers because he has the ability to open up the Bible like no one ever has in a commentary. No wonder he has been so popular for so long!

  2. Jonathan Moorhead

    6 January, 2007 at 11:09 am

    and may God give us the grace to respond as he did. It’s sad that we have to look back to find examples like this.

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