File Name: Spurgeon’s Verse Expositions of the Bible (3 vols)
File Submitter: Josh Bond
File Submitted: 22 Mar 2013
File Category: CommentariesAuthor: Charles Spurgeon
e-Sword Version: 9.x - 10.x
This is not a commentary of sermons. It's a rare, never before published, compilation of Spurgeon's verse/passage commentaries, or expositions.
About Spurgeon’s Expositions of the Bible
Before delivering a sermon, Spurgeon read a portion of Scripture, often interrupting his readings with spontaneous verse by verse comments to expose the Scripture's meaning and content. Many of these expositions were published at the end of his weekly sermons in The Sword and The Trowel.
However, they have never before been published as a work to themselves. Three volumes are here published under the title Spurgeon’s Expositions of the Bible containing a complete compilation of those expositions. While not every scripture of the Bible was covered in his transcribed expositions, this mammoth project has resulted in a ‘virtual’ concise Bible commentary.
At first glance, expositions of the same passage may appear repetitive, but you will find repeated expositions of the same passages to contain fresh comments each time that he read them. It is the most valuable Bible reference material made available to pastors in a generation, and its value as a family devotional is beyond measure. It is our prayer that these expositions will be blessed of God to the good of many for the glory of Christ.
Spurgeon's passage expositions show a spontaneity of thought, and have a rhythmic presentation which his written sermons do not contain.
President James A. Garfield described them as "familiar and sensible." They are also profound, demonstrating his burning desire and urgency to comfort God's people in declaring the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The 3 volumes and 30 megabytes of content are organized by exposition (breaking the material by verse would have broken with Spurgeon's intent). Not every passage has a comment, but many passages have more than one comment, some more than 5 comments, and a few passage have more than 10 unique comments. It’s interesting to see different perspectives Spurgeon took as he revisited passages over the years.
Book Comments show which passages have comments (since e-Sword cannot provide the user with a top level view of comments).
Printed Edition (ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-105-06909-3)
Hardcopies available for purchase here.
Compiled, Edited, and Digitized By
Larry Brown, who managed this 2 year project
Gratitude for Proofing:
Al and Rebecca Smith,
Bill and Michelle Augustine,
Bill and Vicci Rolley,
Bob and Carol Pruitt,
Bob and Mary Lou Duff,
Bob and Sally Poncer,
Carter and Joyce Brown,
David and Betty Burge,
David and Celeste Peterson,
Don and Shelby Fortner,
Donnie and Mary Bell,
Evelyn M. Wang,
Bobbie and Judy Estes,
and most of all, Carol.
Derivative Copyright 2011, By Larry Brown. Used with Permission.
About Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon
Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892), British Particular Baptist preacher. Born into an Essex Congregational home, Spurgeon experienced a dramatic conversion in his early teens and sought baptism as a believer. After a successful short ministry in rural Cambridgeshire he became Baptist minister at New Park Street Chapel, London, which later moved to the Metropolitan Tabernacle to accommodate the vast congregations which came to hear him preach.
His popularity was greatly enhanced by the weekly publication (from 1855 onwards) of his sermons, the sale of which in England and the USA helped to finance the theological college he had established in 1856. The sermons give rich expression both to his firmly held Calvinistic convictions and evangelistic concern.
In 1864 his sermon on ‘Baptismal Regeneration’ brought him into theological conflict with paedobaptists, including some evangelicals. Later, when liberal theological ideas were gaining ground, he affirmed his unqualified allegiance to biblical doctrine. During his own denomination’s ‘Downgrade’ controversy (1887–89) he expressed alarm concerning unorthodox views and in 1887, ‘with the utmost regret’, withdrew from the Baptist Union.
His voluminous writings (135 books), which frequently reflect his indebtedness to 17th-century Puritanism, continue to be published, maintaining his immense spiritual influence throughout the evangelical world. He remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is still known as the "Prince of Preachers"
Perhaps the most widely read and often quoted preacher in history is Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Spurgeon’s deep, yet simple trust and understanding of his Lord and Savior, his great mercy, grace and love is evident in his writings. His great longing to have others come to know, trust, love and to worship the Lord Jesus Christ is also evident.