C.H. Spurgeon, in his famous work, Commenting and Commentaries placed Davenant on Colossians in the first rank of commentaries n this Pauline epistle and approvingly quoted the words of Charles Bridges about this volume: 'I know no exposition upon a detached portion of Scripture (with the single exception of Owen on the Hebrews) that will compare with it in all parts...in depth, accuracy, and discursiveness.' This much-praised commentary is part of the Geneva Commentary Series.
John Davenant was a graduate of Cambridge.At the age of thirty-three he was awarded his D.D. and was made Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity in the University. A member of the Church of England delegation to the Synod of Dort, King James I later appointed him Bishop of Salisbury in 1621, a position he was to retail until his death in 1641.