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Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke (1762 - 1832)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Adam Clarke in text and pdf format. Was a British Methodist theologian and Biblical scholar. He is chiefly remembered for writing a commentary on the Bible which took him 40 years to complete and which was a primary Methodist theological resource for two centuries. Contained in 6 volumes, consisting of nearly 1,000 pages each, it was considered the most comprehensive commentary on the Bible ever prepared by one man.

As a theologian, Clarke reinforced the teachings of Methodist founder John Wesley. He taught that the Bible provides a complete interpretation of God's nature and will. He considered Scripture itself a miracle of God's grace that "takes away the veil of darkness and ignorance." With such an understanding, Clarke was first and foremost a Biblical theologian, often uneasy with purely systematic approaches to theology.

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Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 1
      Introduction On the first day of the second month of the second year after Israel came out of Egypt, God commands Moses to number all the males of the people from twenty years and upward, who were effective men and able to go to war, Numbers 1:1-3. A chi ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 10
      Introduction Moses is commanded to make two silver trumpets for calling the assembly, Numbers 10:1, Numbers 10:2. On what occasions these trumpets should be sounded. First, for calling the assembly to the door of the tabernacle, Numbers 10:3. Secondly, t ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 11
      Introduction The people complain, the Lord is displeased, and many of them are consumed by fire, Numbers 11:1. Moses intercedes for them, and the fire is quenched, Numbers 11:2. The place is called Taberah, Numbers 11:3. The mixed multitude long for fles ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 12
      Introduction Miriam and Aaron raise a sedition against Moses, because of the Ethiopian woman he had married, Numbers 12:1, and through jealousy of his increasing power and authority, Numbers 12:2. The character of Moses, Numbers 12:3. Moses, Aaron, and M ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 13
      Introduction Twelve men, one out of every tribe, are sent to examine the nature and state of the land of Canaan, Numbers 13:1-3. Their names, Numbers 13:4-16. Moses gives them particular directions, Numbers 13:17-20. They proceed on their journey, Number ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 14
      Introduction The whole congregation weep at the account brought by the spies, Numbers 14:1. They murmur, Numbers 14:2, Numbers 14:3; and propose to make themselves a captain, and go back to Egypt, Numbers 14:4. Moses and Aaron are greatly affected, Numbe ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 15
      Introduction Directions concerning the different offerings they should bring unto the Lord when they should come to the land of Canaan, Numbers 15:1-3. Directions relative to the meat-offering, Numbers 15:4; to the drink-offering, Numbers 15:5. Of the bu ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 16
      Introduction The rebellion of Korah and his company against Moses, Numbers 16:1-3. He directs them how to try, in the course of the next day, whom God had called to the priesthood, Numbers 16:4-11. Dathan and Abiram use the most seditious speeches, Numbe ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 17
      Introduction The twelve chiefs of the tribes are commanded to take their rods, and to write the name of each tribe upon the rod that belonged to its representative; but the name of Aaron is to be written on the rod of the tribe of Levi, Numbers 17:1-3. T ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 18
      Introduction The priests are to bear the iniquity of the sanctuary, Numbers 18:1. The Levites to minister to the priests, and have charge of the tabernacle, Numbers 18:2-4. The priests alone to have the charge of the sanctuary, etc., no stranger to come ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 19
      Introduction The ordinance of the red heifer, Numbers 19:1, Numbers 19:2. She shall be slain by Eleazar without the camp, and her blood sprinkled before the tabernacle, Numbers 19:3, Numbers 19:4. Her whole body and appurtenance shall be reduced to ashes ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 2
      Introduction Moses commanded to teach the Israelites how they are to pitch their tents, and erect the ensigns of their fathers‘ houses, Numbers 2:1, Numbers 2:2. Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun, on the East, amounting to 186,400 men, Numbers 2:3-9. Reuben ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 20
      Introduction The Israelites come to Zin, and Miriam dies, Numbers 20:1. They murmur for want of water, Numbers 20:2-5. Moses and Aaron make supplication at the tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord appears, Numbers 20:6. He commands Moses to take his rod ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 21
      Introduction Arad, a king of the Canaanites, attacks Israel, and makes same prisoners, Numbers 21:1. They devote him and his people to destruction, Numbers 21:2; which they afterwards accomplished, Numbers 21:3. They journey from Hor, and are greatly dis ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 22
      Introduction The Israelites pitch in the plains of Moab, Numbers 22:1. Balak, king of Moab, is greatly terrified, Numbers 22:2-4; and sends to Balaam, a diviner, to come and curse them, Numbers 22:5, Numbers 22:6. The elders of Moab take a reward and car ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 23
      Introduction Being arrived at the high places of Baal, (Numbers 22:41), Balaam orders Balak to build seven altars, and prepare oxen and rams for sacrifice, Numbers 23:1, Numbers 23:2. Balaam inquires of the Lord, receives an answer, with which he returns ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 24
      Introduction Balaam, finding that God was determined to bless Israel, seeks no longer for enchantments, Numbers 24:1. The Spirit of God coming upon him, he delivers a most important prophetic parable, Numbers 24:2-9. Balak‘s anger is kindled against hi ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 25
      Introduction While Israel abode in Shittim the people commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab, Numbers 25:1. They become idolaters, Numbers 25:2. The anger of the Lord is kindled against them, and he commands the ringleaders to be hanged, Numbers 25:3 ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 26
      Introduction Moses and Eleazar are commanded to take the sum of the Israelites, in the plains of Moab, Numbers 26:1-4. Reuben and his posterity, 43,730, Numbers 26:5-11. Simeon and his posterity, 22,200, Numbers 26:12-14. Gad and his posterity, 40,500, N ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 27
      Introduction The daughters of Zelophehad claim their inheritance, Numbers 27:1-4. Moses brings their case before the Lord, Numbers 27:5. He allows their claim, Numbers 27:6, Numbers 27:7; and a law is made to regulate the inheritance of daughters, Number ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 28
      Introduction All the offerings of God to be offered in their due season, Numbers 28:1, Numbers 28:2. The continual burnt-offering for the morning, Numbers 28:3-6; and its drink-offering, Numbers 28:7. The continual burnt-offering for the evening, Numbers ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 29
      Introduction The feast of trumpets on the first day of the seventh month, and its sacrifices, Numbers 29:1-6. The feast of expiation, or annual atonement, on the tenth day of the same month, with its sacrifices, Numbers 29:7-11. The feast of tabernacles, ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 3
      Introduction The generations of Aaron and Moses, Numbers 3:1-4. The tribe of Levi to minister to the Lord under Aaron and his sons, Numbers 3:5-10. They are taken in the place of the first-born, Numbers 3:11-13. Moses is commanded to number them, Numbers ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 30
      ntroduction The law concerning vows of men, Numbers 30:1, Numbers 30:2. Of women under age, and in what cases the father may annul them, Numbers 30:3-5. The vows of a wife, and in what cases the husband may annul them, Numbers 30:6-8. The vows of a widow ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 31
      Introduction The command of the Lord to make war on the Midianites, Numbers 31:1, Numbers 31:2. One thousand men are chosen out of each of the twelve tribes, and sent with Phinehas against the Midianites, Numbers 31:3-6. They slay all the males, Numbers ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 32
      Introduction The Reubenites and Gadites request Moses to give them their inheritance on this side of Jordan, Numbers 32:1-5. Moses expostulates with and reproves them, Numbers 32:6-15. They explain themselves, and propose conditions, with which Moses is ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 33
      Introduction The journeyings of the Israelites written out by Moses, according to the commandment of the Lord, Numbers 33:1, Numbers 33:2. They depart from Rameses on the fifteenth day of the first month, on the day after the passover, the first-born of ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 34
      Introduction The land of Canaan is described, Numbers 34:1, Numbers 34:2. The south quarter, Numbers 34:3-5. The western border, Numbers 34:6. The north border, Numbers 34:7-9. The east border, Numbers 34:10-12. This land to be divided by lot among the n ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 35
      Introduction The Israelites are commanded to give the Levites, out of their inheritances, cities and their suburbs for themselves and for their cattle, goods, etc., Numbers 35:1-3. The suburbs to be 3,000 cubits round about from the wall of the city, Num ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 36
      Introduction The inconveniences which might be produced by daughters, inheritances, marrying out of their own tribe, remedied on the recommendation of certain chiefs of the tribe of Joseph, who stated the case of the daughters of Zelophehad, Numbers 36:1 ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 4
      Introduction Moses is commanded to take the sum of the sons of Kohath from thirty years old and upward, Numbers 4:1-4. The service which they had to perform, Numbers 4:5-15. The office of Eleazar, Numbers 4:16. The family of Kohath to be continued among ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 5
      Introduction The Israelites are commanded to purify the camp by excluding all lepers, and all diseased and unclean persons, Numbers 5:1-3. They do so, Numbers 5:4. Law concerning him who has defrauded another - he shall confess his sin, restore the princ ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 6
      Introduction The vow of the Nazarite, Numbers 6:1, Numbers 6:2. In what it consisted, Numbers 6:3-8. When accidentally defiled, how he is to be purified, Numbers 6:9-12. The sacrifices he is to bring, and the rites he is to perform, when the vow of his s ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 7
      Introduction When the tabernacle was fully set up, it appeared that the princes of the twelve tribes had prepared six covered wagons, drawn by two oxen each, one wagon for two tribes, for the service of the tabernacle, Numbers 7:1-3. Moses is commanded t ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 8
      Introduction Directions how the lamps are to be lighted, Numbers 8:1-3. How the candlestick was formed, Numbers 8:4. The Levites to be consecrated to their service by being cleansed, sprinkled, shaved, purified, and their clothes washed, Numbers 8:5-7. T ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers 9
      Introduction The Israelites are reminded of the law that required them to keep the passover at its proper time, and with all its rites, Numbers 9:1-3. They kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month, Numbers 9:4, Numbers 9:5. The case of ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Numbers overview
      Preface to the Book of Numbers This, which is the fourth book in order of the Pentateuch, has been called Numbers, from its containing an account of the numbering and marshalling the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness to the promised la ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Obadiah 1
      Introduction God is here represented as summoning the nations against Edom, and declaring that his strongholds should not save him, Obadiah 1:14; that not a remnant, not a gleaning, should be left of him, Obadiah 1:5; that the enemy would search out his ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Philemon 1
      Introduction Paul‘s salutation to Philemon, and the Church at his house, Philemon 1:1-3. He extols his faith, love, and Christian charity, Philemon 1:4-7. Entreats forgiveness for his servant Onesimus, Philemon 1:8-14. Urges motives to induce Philemon ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Philemon overview
      Preface to the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon It may be thought strange that a short letter, written entirely on a private subject, without reference to the proof or defense of any doctrine of the Gospel, should, by the general consent of the ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Philippians 1
      Introduction Paul, in conjunction with Timothy, addresses himself to the saints at Philippi, and gives them his apostolical benediction, Philemon 1:1, Philemon 1:2. Thanks God for their conversion and union, and expresses his persuasion that God will con ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Philippians 2
      Introduction The apostle beseeches them by various considerations, to live in unity and in the spirit of the Gospel, loving each other; and each to prefer his brother to himself, Philemon 2:1-4. He exhorts them to be like-minded with Christ, who, though ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Philippians 3
      Introduction The apostle exhorts the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord, Philemon 3:1. And to beware of false teachers, Philemon 3:2. Shows that Christians are the true circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, Philemon 3:3. And that himself had more ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Philippians 4
      Introduction The apostle exhorts them to stand fast in the Lord, Philemon 4:1. And beseeches Euodias and Syntyche to be of one mind in Divine things, Philemon 4:2. And requests his true yokefellow to help them to a good understanding, Philemon 4:3. Gives ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Philippians overview
      Preface to the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians We have already seen, Acts 16:12, that Philippi was a town of Macedonia, in the territory of the Edones, on the confines of Thrace, and very near the northern extremity of the Aegean Sea. It ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 1
      Introduction The design of the proverbs, Proverbs 1:1-6. An exhortation to fear God, and believe his word, because of the benefit to be derived from it, Proverbs 1:7-9; to avoid the company of wicked men, who involve themselves in wretchedness and ruin, ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 10
      Introduction It is impossible to give summaries of such chapters as these, where almost every verse contains a separate subject. Our common version not being able to exhibit the contents as usual, simply says, “From this chapter to the five and twentie ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 11
      Introduction A parallel of the advantages of the righteous and wise, opposed to the miseries of the wicked and the foolish. True and false riches. Verse 1 A false balance is abomination - This refers to the balance itself deceitfully constructed, so ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 12
      Introduction Of the benefit of instruction, and the cultivation of piety. The virtuous woman. The different lot of the just and unjust. The humane man. The industrious man. The fool and the wise man. The uncharitable. The excellence of the righteous. The ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 13
      Introduction Various moral sentences; the wise child; continence of speech; of the poor rich man and the rich poor man; ill-gotten wealth; delay of what is hoped for; the bad consequences of refusing instruction; providing for one‘s children; the neces ... read more

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