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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 Proverbs 14
      Introduction Various moral sentiments. The antithesis between wisdom and folly, and the different effects of each. Verse 1 Every wise woman buildeth her house - By her prudent and industrious management she increases property in the family, furniture ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 15
      Introduction The soft answer. Useful correction. Stability of the righteous. The contented mind. The slothful man. The fool. The covetous. The impious. The wicked opposed to the righteous; to the diligent; and to the man who fears the Lord. Verse 1 A ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 16
      Man prepares, but God governs. God has made all things for himself; he hates pride. The judgments of God. The administration of kings; their justice, anger, and clemency. God has made all in weight, measure, and due proportion. Necessity produces industry ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 17
      Introduction Contentment. The wise servant. The Lord tries the heart. Children a crown to their parents. We should hide our neighbour‘s faults. The poor should not be despised. Litigations and quarrels to be avoided. Wealth is useless to a fool. The go ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 18
      Introduction The man who separates himself and seeks wisdom. The fool and the wicked man. Deep wisdom. Contention of fools. The talebearer and the slothful. The name of the Lord. Pride and presumption because of riches. Hastiness of spirit. The wounded s ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 19
      Introduction The worth of a poor upright man. Riches preserve friends. False witnesses. False friends. A king‘s wrath. The foolish son. The prudent wife. Slothfulness. Pity for the poor. The fear of the Lord. The spendthrift son. Obedience to parents. ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 2
      Introduction The teacher promises his pupil the highest advantages, if he will follow the dictates of wisdom, Proverbs 2:1-9. He shall be happy in its enjoyment, Proverbs 2:10, Proverbs 2:11; shall be saved from wicked men, Proverbs 2:12-15; and from the ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 20
      Introduction Against wine and strong drink. We should avoid contentions. The sluggard. The righteous man. Weights and measures. Tale-bearers. The wicked son. The wise king. The glory of young men. The beauty of old men. The benefit of correction. Vers ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 21
      Introduction The king‘s heart is in the hand of God. We should practice mercy and justice. The lying tongue. The quarrelsome woman. The punishment of the wicked. The uncharitable. The private gift. The happiness of the righteous. The wicked a ransom fo ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 22
      Introduction A good reputation. The rich and the poor. The idle. Good habits formed in infancy. Injustice and its effects. The providence of God. The lewd woman. The necessity of timely correction. Exhortation to wisdom. Rob not the poor. Be not the comp ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 23
      Introduction Sobriety in eating and drinking, especially at the tables of the great. Have no fellowship with the covetous. Remove not the ancient landmark. Children should receive due correction. Avoid the company of wine-bibbers. Obedience to parents. A ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 24
      Introduction Do not be envious. Of the house wisely built. Counsel necessary in war. Save life when thou canst. Of honey and the honey-comb. Of the just that falleth seven times. We should not rejoice at the misfortune of others. Ruin of the wicked. Fear ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 25
      Introduction A new series of Solomon‘s proverbs. God‘s glory in mysteries. Observations concerning kings. Avoid contentions. Opportune speech. The faithful ambassador. Delicacies to be sparingly used. Avoid familiarity. Amusements not grateful to a d ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 26
      Introduction Honor is not seemly in a fool. The correction and treatment suitable to such. Of the slothful man. Of him who interferes with matters which do not concern him. Contentions to be avoided. Of the dissembler and the lying tongue. Verse 1 As ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 27
      Introduction To-morrow is uncertain. Self-praise forbidden. Anger and envy. Reproof from a friend. Want makes us feel the value of a supply. A good neighbor. Beware of suretyship. Suspicious praise. The quarrelsome woman. One friend helps another. Man in ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 28
      Introduction The timidity of the wicked. Quick succession in the government of a country is a punishment to the land. Of the poor who oppress the poor. The upright poor man is preferable to the wicked rich man. The unprofitable conduct of the usurer. The ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 29
      Introduction We must not despise correction. The prudent king. The flatterer. The just judge. Contend not with a fool. The prince who opens his ears to reports. The poor and the deceitful. The pious king. The insolent servant. The humiliation of the prou ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 3
      Introduction An exhortation to obedience, Proverbs 3:1-4; trust in God‘s providence, Proverbs 3:5, Proverbs 3:6; to humility, Proverbs 3:7, Proverbs 3:8; to charity, Proverbs 3:9, Proverbs 3:10; to submission to God‘s chastening, Proverbs 3:11, Prove ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 30
      Introduction Agur‘s confession of faith, Proverbs 30:1-6. His prayer, Proverbs 30:7-9. Of wicked generations, Proverbs 30:10-14. Things that are never satisfied, Proverbs 30:15, Proverbs 30:16. Of him who despises his parents, Proverbs 30:17. Three won ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 31
      Introduction The words and prophecy of King Lemuel, and what his mother taught him, Proverbs 31:1, Proverbs 31:2. Debauchery and much wine to be avoided, Proverbs 31:3-7. How kings should administer justice, Proverbs 31:8, Proverbs 31:9. The praise of a ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 4
      Introduction The preceptor calls his pupils, and tells them how himself was educated, Proverbs 4:1-4; specifies the teachings he received, Proverbs 4:5-19; and exhorts his pupil to persevere in well-doing, and to avoid evil, Proverbs 4:20-27. Verse 1 ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 5
      Introduction Farther exhortations to acquire wisdom, Proverbs 5:1, Proverbs 5:2. The character of a loose woman, and the ruinous consequences of attachment to such, Proverbs 5:3-14. Exhortations to chastity and moderation, Proverbs 5:15-21. The miserable ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 6
      Introduction Exhortations against becoming surety for others, Proverbs 6:1-5; against idleness, from the example of the ant, Proverbs 6:6-11; description of a worthless person, Proverbs 6:12-15; seven things hateful to God, Proverbs 6:16-19; the benefits ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 7
      Introduction A farther exhortation to acquire wisdom, in order to be preserved from impure connections, Proverbs 7:1-5. The character of a harlot, and her conduct towards a youth who fell into her snare, vv. 6-23. Solemn exhortations to avoid this evil, ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 8
      Introduction The fame and excellence of wisdom, and its manner of teaching, Proverbs 8:1-4; the matter of its exhortations, Proverbs 8:5-12; its influence among men, Proverbs 8:13-21; its antiquity, Proverbs 8:22-31; the blessedness of attending to its c ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs 9
      Introduction Wisdom builds her house, makes her provision for a great feast, calls her guests, and exhorts them to partake of her entertainment, Proverbs 9:1-6. Different admonitions relative to the acquisition of wisdom, Proverbs 9:7-12. The character a ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Proverbs overview
      Introduction to the Proverbs of Solomon The Son of David, King of Israel There has scarcely been any dispute concerning either the author or Divine authority of this book, either in the Jewish or Christian Church: all allow that it was written by Solo ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 1
      Introduction The blessedness of the righteous shown, in his avoiding every appearance of evil, Psalm 1:1. In his godly use of the law of the Lord, Psalm 1:2 This farther pointed out under the metaphor of a good tree planted in a good well-watered soil, P ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 10
      Introduction The psalmist complains to God of the oppressions which the poor suffer from the wicked man, whom he describes as the hater of the poor, Psalm 10:1, Psalm 10:2; proud, Psalm 10:3; one who will not seek God, Psalm 10:4; and is regardless of hi ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 100
      Introduction All nations are exhorted to praise the Lord, Psalm 100:1, Psalm 100:2; to acknowledge him to be the Sovereign God and their Creator and that they are his people and the flock of his pasture, Psalm 100:3; to worship him publicly, and be grate ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 101
      Introduction The subject proposed, mercy and judgment, Psalm 101:1. The psalmist‘s resolution in respect to his private conduct, Psalm 101:2. He will put away evil, inward and outward, Psalm 101:3. No evil person shall stand in his presence, Psalm 101: ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 102
      Introduction The complaint and miserable state of the poor captives, Psalm 102:1-11; the expectation of deliverance, Psalm 102:12-14; the conversion of the heathen, Psalm 102:15-18; the termination of the captivity, Psalm 102:19-22; the great frailty of ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 103
      Introduction God is praised for his benefits to his people, Psalm 103:1, Psalm 103:2; he forgives their iniquities, and heals their diseases, Psalm 103:3; redeems their lives, crowns them with loving-kindness, Psalm 103:4; satisfies them with good things ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 104
      Introduction The majesty and power of God manifested in the creation of the heavens and the atmosphere, Psalm 104:1-3; of the earth and sea, Psalm 104:4-9; of the springs, fountains, and rivers, Psalm 104:10-13; of vegetables and trees, Psalm 104:14-18; ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 105
      Introduction An exhortation to praise God for his wondrous works, Psalm 105:1-5; his goodness to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Psalm 105:6-16; to Joseph in Egypt, Psalm 105:17-22; to Israel in Egypt, Psalm 105:23-25; to Moses in the same land, Psalm 105:26; ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 106
      Introduction God is praised for his manifold mercies, Psalm 106:1-3. The prophet prays for himself, Psalm 106:4, Psalm 106:5. A recapitulation of the history of the Hebrew people: of God‘s mercies toward them, and their rebellions, vv. 6-39. The judgme ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 107
      Introduction A thanksgiving of the people for deliverance from difficulties and dangers; their state compared to a journey through a frightful wilderness, Psalm 107:1-9; to confinement in a dreary dungeon, Psalm 107:10-16; to a dangerous malady, Psalm 10 ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 108
      Introduction The psalmist encourages himself to praise the Lord for mercies he had received, Psalm 108:1-5. He prays for the Divine succor, Psalm 108:6; and encourages the people to expect their restoration, and the enjoyment of all their former privileg ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 109
      Introduction The psalmist speaks against his inveterate enemies, Psalm 109:1-5. He prays against them, and denounces God‘s judgments, Psalm 109:6-15. The reason on which this is grounded, Psalm 109:16-20. He prays for his own safety and salvation, usin ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 11
      Introduction David‘s friends advise him to flee to the wilderness from Saul‘s fury, Psalm 11:1-3. He answers that, having put his trust in God, knowing that he forsakes not those who confide in him, and that he will punish the ungodly, he is perfectl ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 110
      Introduction The Messiah sits in his kingdom at the right hand of God, his enemies being subdued under him, Psalm 110:1, Psalm 110:2. The nature and extent of his government, Psalm 110:3. His everlasting priesthood, Psalm 110:4. His execution of justice ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 111
      Introduction The psalmist praises the Lord, and extols his works as great, honorable, glorious, and magnificent, Psalm 111:1-4; his providence and kindness to his followers, Psalm 111:5-8; the redemption he has granted to his people, Psalm 111:9. The fea ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 112
      Introduction The blessedness of the man that fears the Lord, both as it regards himself and his family, Psalm 112:1-3; his conduct to his family, his neighbors, and the poor, Psalm 112:4-9; the envy of the wicked at his prosperity, Psalm 112:10. This ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 113
      Introduction An exhortation to bless God for his own excellencies, Psalm 113:1-6; and for his great mercy to the poor and necessitous, Psalm 113:7-9. Psalm 113:1-9, Psalm 114:1-8, 115, 116, Psalm 117:1-2, and 118, form the great Hallel, and were sung ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 114
      Introduction Miracles wrought at the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, at the Red Sea, and at Jordan, Psalm 114:1-6; and at the rock of Horeb, Psalm 114:7, Psalm 114:8. This Psalm has no title. The word Hallelujah is prefixed in all the Versions ex ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 115
      Introduction God alone is to be glorified, Psalm 115:1-3. The vanity of idols, Psalm 115:4-8. Israel, the house of Aaron, and all that fear God, are exhorted to trust it the Lord, Psalm 115:9-11. The Lord‘s goodness to his people, and his gracious prom ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 116
      Introduction The psalmist praises God for his deliverance from thraldom, which he compares to death and the grave, Psalm 116:1-9. The exercises through which he had passed, Psalm 116:10, Psalm 116:11. His gratitude for these mercies, and resolution to li ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 117
      Introduction The psalmist calls upon the nations of the world to praise the Lord for his mercy and kindness, and for the fulfillment of his promises, Psalm 117:1, Psalm 117:2. This is the shortest Psalm in the whole collection; it is written as a part ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 118
      Introduction A general exhortation to praise God for his mercy, Psalm 118:1-4. The psalmist, by his own experience, encourages the people to trust in God, and shows them the advantage of it, Psalm 118:5-9; then describes his enemies, and shows how God en ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Psalms 119
      Introduction The various excellencies and important uses of the law or revelation of God. This is another of the alphabetical or acrostic Psalms. It is divided into twenty-two parts, answering to the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Every par ... read more

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