I have used this study Bible over and over. I've bought it a gift for several friends. Matthew Henry's thoughts and words are as clear and up to date today as they were 300 years ago. It's my go-to commentary Bible. My very favorite of his notes are in Luke 22 as Jesus gave Himself over to the power of darkness. vs 53; "But this is the hour allowed you to have your will against me. There is an hour appointed me to reckon for it. Now the power of darkness, Satan, the ruler of the darkness of this world, is permitted to do his worst, to bruise the heel of the seed of the woman, and I resolve to acquiesce; let him do his worst." WOW!
Beautiful Bible, great binding, very readable font. BUT the commentary takes up most of the pages! Good grief, it leaves just a little bit of room for the actual text. Sadly I cannot recommend this Bible, and even though it is a new purchase, I don't like reading it and will end up giving it away.
In this life I have learned newer isn't always better. With this in mind I purchased an older KJV commentary. I didnt know much about Matthew Henry before I purchased this Bible. I may not agree with everything he states in his commentary, but I appreciate the devotional style voice he uses. If one is traveling there is no need to bring extra devotionals along. This Bible will be sufficiant for a short time.
It contains a large amount of commentary more so than some study Bibles.
I would like to voice one con. Matthew Henry is said to have written a commentary on every verse of the Bible. Yet a few chapters in the Bible do not contain any commentary. I wasn't asking for it all, because I can purchase all of his commentary, but I was a little surprised when I discovered the emptiness at the bottom of the page.
One other thing to mention is the fact that this Bible is not set as a verse by verse sectional layout. Instead it is written it proper sentence and paragraph form. Meaning I am taking a few seconds longer to identify the verse numbers within the paragraph. Not a con, but I was not used to that layout for a Bible.
I like books, so I prefer the best binding possible. I was unable to find a leather bound version, and therefore settled on this cover. I don't regret it. It is a handsome cover with a great feel to it. I even like the difference in the silver colored pages. It also seems to be more forgiving with some abuse.
This was my first purchase from the site and I am so pleased with the quality of this Bible. The text size, paper quality, and craftsmanship is amazing! It even has a wonderful new Bible smell lol Great value for the price by far! I will be making many more purchases from christianbook.com!!!!
I must be completely honest, I ordered this Bible based solely on the price. I've always like reading Matthew Henry's notes on the Bible, so when i saw this Bible with the notes, at the price below $20.00 I figured why not, I really didn't expect a Bible of the quality this one is for the price. I really, really like this Bible, sure glad I ordered it. WOW!! Completely exceeded my expectations for sure!!