The Gold Medallion Award–winning Expositor’s Bible Commentary is a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this 12-volume reference work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary uses the New International Version for its English text, but also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages. Each book of the Bible has, in addition to its exposition, an introduction, outline, and bibliography. Notes on textual questions and special problems are correlated with the expository units; transliteration and translation of Semitic and Greek words make the more technical notes accessible to readers unacquainted with the biblical languages. In matters where marked differences of opinion exist, commentators, while stating their own convictions, deal fairly and irenically with opposing views.
“The powerful exposition of the Word of God can bring deep conviction of sin. But repentance must not degenerate into a self-centered remorse but must issue into joy in God’s forgiving goodness (cf. 2 Cor 2:5–11).” (Page 725)
“His soul was somewhat bitter at having served God so earnestly and spectacularly and yet having experienced rejection and solitary exile.” (Page 150)
“The Accuser insinuates that Job’s allegiance is hypocritical (v.9). If only God would remove the protective hedge he has placed about Job (v.10), this ‘devout’ servant would certainly curse God to his face. The attack is on God through Job, and the only way the Accuser can be proven false is through Job. So Satan is given limited but gradually increased access to Job—first to his possessions, then to his family, and finally to his physical well-being. But through it all, in the words of M. Kline (WBC, p. 461), ‘the primary purpose of Job’s suffering, unknown to him, was that he should stand before men and angels as a trophy of the saving might of God, an exhibit of that divine wisdom which is the archetype, source, and foundation of true human wisdom.’” (Pages 880–881)
“The most probable reason was, as a Targum suggests, Mordecai’s pride; no self-respecting Benjaminite would bow before a descendant of the ancient Amalekite enemy of the Jews.” (Page 812)
“All these physical phenomena were known to be often precursors of God’s coming (Exod 19:16, 18; Judg 5:4–5; 2 Sam 22:8–16; Pss 18:7–15; 68:8; Heb 12:18). There followed a faint whisper, a voice quiet hushed, and low. Elijah knew it instantly (v.13a). It was God! What a lesson for Elijah! Even God did not always operate in the realm of the spectacular!” (Page 150)