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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 Ecclesiastes 1
      Introduction The prophet shows that all human courses are vain, Ecclesiastes 1:1-4. The creatures are continually changing, Ecclesiastes 1:5-8. There is nothing new under the sun, Ecclesiastes 1:9-11. Who the prophet was, his estate and his studies, Eccl ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes 10
      Introduction Observations on wisdom and folly, Ecclesiastes 10:1-3. Concerning right conduct towards rulers, Ecclesiastes 10:4. Merit depressed, and worthlessness exalted, Ecclesiastes 10:5-7. Of him who digs a pit and removes a landmark, Ecclesiastes 10 ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes 11
      Introduction Give alms to all, Ecclesiastes 11:1-4. The works of God unknown to man, Ecclesiastes 11:5. Diligence necessary, Ecclesiastes 11:6. Prosperity frequently succeeded by adversity, Ecclesiastes 11:7, Ecclesiastes 11:8. There will be a day of jud ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes 12
      Introduction Youth should remember their Creator, Ecclesiastes 12:1. A description of old age and its infirmities, with the causes of death and dissolution, Ecclesiastes 12:2-9. How the Preacher taught the people knowledge, Ecclesiastes 12:9-11. General ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes 2
      Introduction The vanity of human courses in the works of pleasure, planting, building, equipage, amassing wealth, etc., Ecclesiastes 2:1-11. Wisdom preferable to folly, Ecclesiastes 2:12-14; yet little difference between the wise and the foolish in the e ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes 3
      Introduction Every thing has its time and season, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Men are exercised with labor, Ecclesiastes 3:9, Ecclesiastes 3:10. Every thing is beautiful in its season, Ecclesiastes 3:11. Men should enjoy thankfully the gifts of God, Ecclesiastes ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes 4
      Introduction The vanity of life is increased by oppression, Ecclesiastes 4:1-3; by envy, Ecclesiastes 4:4; by idleness, Ecclesiastes 4:5. The misery of a solitary life, and the advantages of society, Ecclesiastes 4:6-12. A poor and wise child; better tha ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes 5
      Introduction The reverence to be observed in attending Divine worship, Ecclesiastes 5:1-3. We should be faithful to over engagements, Ecclesiastes 5:4-7. The oppression of the innocent, 8. The king dependent on the produce of the soil, Ecclesiastes 5:9. ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes 6
      Introduction The vanity of riches without use, Ecclesiastes 6:1, Ecclesiastes 6:2. Of children and of old age without riches and enjoyment, Ecclesiastes 6:3-7. Man does not know what is good for himself, Ecclesiastes 6:8-12. Verse 2 A man to whom God ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes 7
      Introduction The value of a good name, Ecclesiastes 7:1. Advantages of sorrow and correction, Ecclesiastes 7:2-5. The emptiness of a fool‘s joy, Ecclesiastes 7:6. Of oppression, Ecclesiastes 7:7. The end better than the beginning, Ecclesiastes 7:8. Aga ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes 8
      Introduction A man‘s wisdom makes his face shine, Ecclesiastes 8:1. Kings are to be greatly respected, Ecclesiastes 8:2-4. Of him who keeps the commandment; of the misery of man; of the certainty of death, Ecclesiastes 8:5-8. Of him that rules another ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes 9
      Introduction No men knows, by any present sign, what is before him, Ecclesiastes 9:1. All things happen alike to all, Ecclesiastes 9:2, Ecclesiastes 9:3. Comparison of the state of the dead and the living, Ecclesiastes 9:4-6. Enjoy God‘s mercies, and l ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ecclesiastes overview
      Introduction to the Book of Ecclesiastes The book, entitled Koheleth, or Ecclesiastes, has ever been received, both by the Jewish and Christian Church, as written under the inspiration of the Almighty; and was held to be properly a part of the sacred c ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ephesians 1
      Introduction The apostle‘s salutation to the Church, Ephesians 1:1, Ephesians 1:2. He blesses God for calling the Gentiles to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ, by whose sacrificial death both they and the Jews find redemption, Ephesians 1:3-7. ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ephesians 2
      Introduction The character of the Ephesians previously to their conversion to Christianity, Ephesians 2:1-3. By what virtue they were changed, and for what purpose, Ephesians 2:4-7. They were saved by faith, Ephesians 2:8, Ephesians 2:9. And created unto ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ephesians 3
      Introduction Paul, a prisoner for the testimony of Jesus, declares his knowledge of what had been a mystery from all ages, that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs and of the same body with the Jews, Ephesians 3:1-6. Which doctrine he was made a minister ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ephesians 4
      Introduction The apostle exhorts them to walk worthy of their vocation, and to live in peace and unity, Ephesians 4:1-6. Shows that God has distributed a variety of gifts, and instituted a variety of offices in his Church, for the building up and perfect ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ephesians 5
      Introduction Christians should imitate their heavenly Father, and walk in love, after the example of Christ, Ephesians 5:1, Ephesians 5:2. They should avoid all uncleanness, impurity, covetousness, and foolish jesting, and idolatry, because these things ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ephesians 6
      Introduction Children should obey their parents, that they may live long and be happy, Ephesians 6:1-3. Parents should be tender towards their children, Ephesians 6:4. Servants should show all obedience and fidelity to their masters, Ephesians 6:5-8. And ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Ephesians overview
      Preface to the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians Ephesus was a city of Ionia, in Asia Minor, and once the metropolis of that part of the world. The ancient city was situated at the mouth of the river Cayster, on the shore of the Aegean Sea, ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Esther 1
      Introduction Ahasuerus makes royal feasts for his nobles and people, Esther 1:1-9. Vashti is sent for by the king, but refuses to come, Esther 1:10-12. Vashti is disgraced; and a law made for the subjection of women, Esther 1:13-22. The whole history of ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Esther 10
      ntroduction Ahasuerus lays a tribute on his dominions, Esther 10:1. Mordecai‘s advancement under him, Esther 10:2. His character, Esther 10:3. Verse 1 Laid a tribute upon the land - On the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of which we have alr ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Esther 2
      Introduction The counsellors advise that a selection of virgins should be made throughout the empire, out of whom the king should choose one to be queen in place of Vashti, Esther 2:1-4. Account of Mordecai and his cousin Esther, Esther 2:5-7. She is cho ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Esther 3
      Introduction Ahasuerus exalts Haman the Agagite, and commands all his officers to do him reverence, which Mordecai refuses, Esther 3:1-3. Haman, informed of Mordecai‘s refusal, plots his destruction, and that of the Jews, Esther 3:4-6. Lots are cast to ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Esther 4
      Introduction On hearing the king‘s decree to exterminate the Jews, Mordecai mourns, and clothes himself in sackcloth, Esther 4:1, Esther 4:2. The Jews are filled with consternation, Esther 4:3. Esther, perceiving Mordecai in distress at the palace gate ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Esther 5
      Introduction Esther presents herself before the king, and finds favor in his sight, Esther 5:1, Esther 5:2. He asks what her request is, and promises to grant it, Esther 5:3. She invites him and Haman to a banquet, which they accept, Esther 5:4, Esther 5 ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Esther 6
      Introduction That night the king, not being able to sleep, orders the chronicles of the kingdom to be read to him; and finds there the record concerning the discovery of the treason of the two eunuchs, made by Mordecai, Esther 6:1, Esther 6:2. He inquire ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Esther 7
      Introduction The king at the banquet urges Esther to prefer her petition, with the positive assurance that it shall be granted, Esther 7:1, Esther 7:2. She petitions for her own life, and the life of her people, who were sold to be destroyed, Esther 7:3, ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Esther 8
      Introduction Ahasuerus invests Mordecai with the offices and dignities possessed by Haman, Esther 8:1, Esther 8:2. Esther begs that the decree of destruction gone out against the Jews may be reversed, Esther 8:3-6. He informs her that the acts that had o ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Esther 9
      Introduction On the thirteenth of the month Adar the Jews destroy their enemies, and the governors of the provinces assist them, Esther 9:1-5. They slay five hundred in Shushan, and kill the ten sons of Haman, but take no spoil, Esther 9:6-10. The king i ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Esther overview
      Introduction to the Book of Esther The son and successor of the famous Persian king Xerxes was Artaxerxes, surnamed Longimanus, or, in Persian, (Ardsheer Diraz dest), the long-handed Ardshur. This prince, on coming to the throne, had powerful opponents ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 1
      Introduction The names and number of the children of Israel that went down into Egypt, Exodus 1:1-5. Joseph and all his brethren of that generation die, Exodus 1:6. The great increase of their posterity, Exodus 1:7. The cruel policy of the king of Egypt ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 10
      Introduction Moses is again sent to Pharaoh, and expostulates with him on his refusal to let the Hebrews go, Exodus 10:1-3. The eighth plague, viz., of locusts, is threatened, Exodus 10:4. The extent and oppressive nature of this plague, Exodus 10:5, Exo ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 11
      Introduction God purposes to bring another plague upon Pharaoh, after which he should let the Israelites go, Exodus 11:1. They are commanded to ask gold and silver from the Egyptians, Exodus 11:2. The estimation in which Moses was held among the Egyptian ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 12
      Introduction The month Abib is to be considered as the commencement of the year, Exodus 12:1, Exodus 12:2. The Passover instituted; the lamb or kid to be used on the occasion to be taken from the flock the tenth day of the month, and each family to provi ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 13
      Introduction God establishes the law concerning the first-born, and commands that all such, both of man and beast, should be sanctified unto him, Exodus 13:1, Exodus 13:2. Orders them to remember the day in which they were brought out of Egypt, when they ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 14
      Introduction The Israelites are commanded to encamp before Pi-hahiroth, Exodus 14:1, Exodus 14:2. God predicts the pursuit of Pharaoh, Exodus 14:3, Exodus 14:4. Pharaoh is informed that the Israelites are fled, and regrets that he suffered them to depart ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 15
      Introduction Moses and the Israelites sing a song of praise to God for their late deliverance, in which they celebrate the power of God, gloriously manifested in the destruction of Pharaoh and his host, Exodus 15:1; express their confidence in him as the ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 16
      Introduction The Israelites journey from Elim, and come to the wilderness of Sin, Exodus 16:1. They murmur for lack of bread, Exodus 16:2, Exodus 16:3. God promises to rain bread from heaven for them, Exodus 16:4, of which they were to collect a double p ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 17
      Introduction The Israelites journey from the wilderness of Sin to Rephidim, Exodus 17:1, where they murmur for lack of water, Exodus 17:2, Exodus 17:3. Moses asks counsel of God, Exodus 17:4, who commands him to take his rod and smite the rock, Exodus 17 ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 18
      Introduction Jethro, called the father-in-law of Moses, hearing of the deliverance which God had granted to Israel, Exodus 18:1, took Zipporah and her two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, and brought them to Moses, when the Israelites were encamped near Horeb, ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 19
      Introduction The children of Israel, having departed from Rephidim, come to the wilderness of Sinai in the third month, Exodus 19:1, Exodus 19:2. Moses goes up into the mount to God, and receives a message which he is to deliver to the people, Exodus 19: ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 2
      Introduction Amram and Jochebed marry, Exodus 2:1. Moses is born, and is hidden by his mother three months, Exodus 2:2. Is exposed in an ark of bulrushes on the riser Nile, and watched by his sister, Exodus 2:3, Exodus 2:4. He is found by the daughter of ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 20
      The preface to the ten commandments, Exodus 20:1, Exodus 20:2. The First commandment, against mental or theoretic idolatry, Exodus 20:3. The Second, against making and worshipping images, or practical idolatry, Exodus 20:4-6. The Third, against false swea ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 21
      Introduction Laws concerning servants. They shall serve for only seven years, Exodus 21:1, Exodus 21:2. If a servant brought a wife to servitude with him, both should go out free on the seventh year, Exodus 21:3. If his master had given him a wife, and s ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 22
      Introduction Laws concerning theft, Exodus 22:1-4; concerning trespass, Exodus 22:5; concerning casualties, Exodus 22:6. Laws concerning deposits, or goods left in custody of others, which may have been lost, stolen, or damaged, Exodus 22:7-13. Laws conc ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 23
      Introduction Laws against evil-speaking, Exodus 23:1. Against bad company, Exodus 23:2. Against partiality, Exodus 23:3. Laws commanding acts of kindness and humanity, Exodus 23:4, Exodus 23:5. Against oppression, Exodus 23:6. Against unrighteous decisio ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 24
      Introduction Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders, are commanded to go to the mount to meet the Lord, Exodus 24:1. Moses alone to come near to the Divine presence, Exodus 24:2. He informs the people, and they promise obedience, Exodus ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 25
      Introduction The Lord addresses Moses out of the Divine glory, and commands him to speak unto the Israelites, that they may give him free-will offerings, Exodus 25:1, Exodus 25:2. The different kinds of offerings, gold, silver, and brass, Exodus 25:3. Pu ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Exodus 26
      Introduction The ten curtains of the tabernacle, and of what composed, Exodus 26:1. Their length, Exodus 26:2, Exodus 26:3; their loops, Exodus 26:4, Exodus 26:5; their taches, Exodus 26:6. The curtains of goats‘ hair for a covering, Exodus 26:7; their ... read more

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