Since its publication in the late nineteenth-century, Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible—also known as the JFB—has earned a reputation as a trustworthy, conservative, practical, and altogether invaluable Bible study tool. C.H. Spurgeon once noted of the commentary that “It contains so great a variety of information that if a man had no other exposition he would find himself at no great loss if he possessed and used it diligently.”
This lightly condensed version of the classic work offers rich insights into Scripture from the perspectives of authors that were both first-rate scholars and everyday pastors. After informative introductions to each book, the JFB works verse by verse, providing exposition of every chapter in the Bible. The commentary is based on the original languages without being overly technical, so laypeople as well as pastors and students will benefit from the sound scholarship and apt insights.
Note that this is a condensed version of the classic six volume work, A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical, on the Old and New Testaments.
“The Lord has more need of our weakness than of our strength: our strength is often His rival; our weakness, His servant, drawing on His resources, and showing forth His glory. Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity; man’s security is Satan’s opportunity. God’s way is not to take His children out of trial, but to give them strength to bear up against it (Ps 88:7; Jn 17:15).” (Volume 2, Pages 319–320)
“These Herodians were supporters of Herod’s dynasty, created by Caesar—a political rather than religious party. The Pharisees regarded them as untrue to their religion and country. But here we see them combining together against Christ as a common enemy.” (Volume 2, Page 40)
“The moral design of it was to revive the sinking spirit of the patriarch and to arm him with confidence in God, while anticipating the dreaded scenes of the morrow. To us it is highly instructive; showing that, to encourage us valiantly to meet the trials to which we are subjected, God allows us to ascribe to the efficacy of our faith and prayers, the victories which His grace alone enables us to make.” (Volume 1, Page 35)
“We incline to take it as a prayer against being drawn or sucked, of our own will, into temptation, to which the word here used seems to lend some countenance—‘Introduce us not.’” (Volume 2, Page 27)
“Truth is the first thing: those who reach it, will at last reach unity, because truth is one; while those who seek unity as the first thing, may purchase it at the sacrifice of truth, and so of the soul itself.” (Volume 2, Page 349)
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