This commentary on Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah is Volume II of Hutcheson’s 3-volume work on the Minor Prophets. Volumes I and III will follow in a later printing.
''Hutcheson is always rich. Whenever the student sees a Commentary by Hutcheson let him buy it, for we know of no author who is more thoroughly helpful to the minister of the Word. He distills the text, and gives his readers the quintessence, ready for use'' (Commenting and Commentaries, C. H. Spurgeon).
''This reverend author has gone in a way unusual and almost untrodden, and has a peculiar excellence in him which others have not. For his chief scope is, after a short, and yet full analysis and exposition to collect choice and pithy observations out of every chapter . . . . [He] is a man of singular abilities, and deservedly in high esteem . . . for his learning, godliness, modesty, peaceableness and humility. . . The truth is, the book itself represents him to the world in a very fair and beautiful character, for it comprehends much in a little, and breathes out much of God and godliness.
His observations are so excellent and useful, and sometimes so unexpected, and yet so natural, that I verily believe they will be very acceptable, not only to private Christians, but also and especially to ministers, afford them many rare, and unconsidered doctrines, for the spiritual edification of their'' [people] (Edmund Calamy, historian of the Puritans).
On Micah 5:2b he writes: (''out of you [Bethlehem] shall come forth to Me to become Ruler in Israel; and His goings forth [have been] from of old, from the days of eternity''): ''Christ’s eternal generation as God is super-excellent and incomprehensible. Therefore, it is called ‘goings forth’ in the plural number, to show its excellence, for in it all excellence, and infinitely more than we can comprehend, is summed up. And here both His eternal generation and eternal designation to the office of mediator may be imported.''
On Jonah’s gourd, he writes: ''The Lord, in healing the infirmities of His people, sometimes first lances their sores and reveals more of their putrefaction, before He applies healing plasters.''
Hutcheson (1618-1674) had a reputation as a great preacher, and his commentaries continue to be highly prized for their combination of orthodoxy and practicality. None will find any exposition any more helpful or thorough. 328 pages, blue linen hard cover
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