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.
“Agape love is capable of being commanded because it is not primarily an emotion but a decision of the will leading to action.” (Page 246)
“The meaning of vv. 4–6 would then be that God has set a high standard for wholehearted love and devotion on the part of his people, but he gives grace that is greater than the rigorous demand he has made.” (Page 194)
“essence. Light emphasizes especially the splendor and glory of God, the truthfulness of God, and his purity.” (Page 309)
“The question answered by the testing of faith is whether or not faith will persevere. If it is genuine faith, testing serves to develop its persistence. Hypomonēn is translated ‘patience’ in KJV, but it is a much more active and forceful word. It speaks of tenacity and stick-to-it-iveness. Barclay explains that it is not the patience that passively endures; instead, it is the quality that enables a man to stand on his feet facing the storm (William Barclay, New Testament Words [London: SCM, 1964], pp. 144–45). It is in struggling against difficulty and opposition that spiritual stamina is developed.” (Page 168)
“‘grumble,’ commonly means ‘to sigh,’ ‘to groan.’ It speaks of inner distress more than open complaint. What is forbidden is not the loud and bitter denunciation of others but the unexpressed feeling of bitterness or the smothered resentment that may express itself in a groan or a sigh.” (Page 202)