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Free Commentaries on Malachi – Quick Links (Ultimate List of Free Bible Commentaries)

Minor Prophets

Farrar | Orchard | Pusey (vol. 2) | G. A. Smith |

Malachi

Dods (Hag/Zech/Mal) | Lowe (“Ellicott’s”) | |Morgan | Moore (Hag/Zech/Mal) | Packard | Pococke (Hos/Joel/Mic/Mal) | Robinson | Sanders & Kent | Sclater | Stock | Torshell | Watson (3:16–18)

Non-English

German: Reinke

Latin: van Til

To Borrow

Hailey | Luther | Moore | Verhoef


This list was collated from a number of lists and databases, including PRDL, IA, and Freecommentaries.
Is something missing? Comment and let us know!

Free Commentaries on Job – Quick Links (Ultimate List of Free Bible Commentaries)

This is a shortened version of my ultimate list of free Job commentaries, created for quicker reference. All of these commentaries cover the entire book of Job. Many of these include single-book translations of Job, both in verse and prose.

American Bible Union | Beza | Carey | Caryl | Coleman | Conant | Cowles | Cox | Davidson [“Cambridge Bible”] | Delitzsch | Driver & Gray vol 1 | Driver & Gray vol 2 | Durell | Elzas | Fredericton | Fry | Genung | Gibson | Good | Gregory the Great | Halsted | Hirsch | Kelly | Kenrick | C. Lee | S. Lee | Money-Coutts | Moulton | Noyes | Peake [“New Century Bible”] | Schmidt | Umbreit | Zuck

Whole Bible commentaries (fix these links)

Barnes | Benson | Bullinger |Calvin |Constable |Dodd | Gaebelein |Gill |M. Henry / alt. ver. / abridged ver. | Hewlett | Jamieson | Kitto | Kretzmann |Lange | Meyer[4] | Meyer[5] | Patrick | Poole | T. Scott | Sutcliffe | Trapp | T. Williams |

Sermons & lectures

Allen | Maclaren [“Expositions of Holy Scripture”] | J. Parker [“People’s Bible”] | D. Thomas

Free Commentaries on Exodus – Quick Links (Ultimate List of Free Bible Commentaries)

This is a shortened version of my ultimate list of free Exodus commentaries, created for quicker reference. Commentaries covering the entire book are in boldface.

I especially enjoy Parker’s expository sermons on Exodus.

Exodus Commentaries

Babington | Bacon | Barnes | Bennett [“New Century Bible”] | Bush vol 1 (1–20) / Bush vol 2 (21–40) | Cook [“Speaker’s”] | Chadwick [“Expositor’s Bible”]| Driver | Edersheim | Exell [“Preacher’s Complete Homiletical Commentary”] | Hughes (1–23) | Kennedy | Latch | Lightfoot | Mackintosh | McNeile | Murphy | Nevin | “Ramban” (Rabbi Moses ben Nahman) |Rawlinson [“Ellicott’s”] | Terry & Newhall [“Whedon’s”] / alt. ver. | Willet

Pentateuch Commentaries

Ainsworth | Blunt | “Chizkuni” (Rabbi Hezekiah ben Manoah) | A. Jackson |Kalisch | Kenrick | Kidder | Morison | “Ramban” (Rabbi Moses ben Nahman) | “Sforno” (Ovadiah ben Ya’akov Seforno) | A. Wright

Whole Bible Commentaries & Study Bibles

Barnes | Benson | Bullinger | Calvin | Constable | Dodd | Gaebelein | Gill | M. Henry / alt. ver. / abridged ver. | Hewlett | Jamieson | Kitto | Kretzmann | Lange | Meyer[4] | Meyer[5] | Patrick | Poole | T. Scott | Sutcliffe | Trapp | T. Williams

Sermons & Lectures

MacLaren [“Expositions of Holy Scripture”] | J. Parker [“People’s Bible” vol. 2] | Thornton | Tuttle

Two resources in German: Baentsch | Holzinger

There are many more works, especially in Latin, that are available online. If you know of a work I’ve left out that’s freely available online, written in English, and in the public domain, please leave a suggestion in the comments.

Free Books by Robert S. Candlish

Robert S. Candlish was an evangelical minister in Edinburgh. He was a key figure in the 1843 Disruption in the Church of Scotland that led to the founding of the Free Church of Scotland. He was a Calvinist who published many works of preaching, systematic theology (esp. on the atonement), and biblical exposition (Genesis, Ephesians, & 1 John). His biblical expositions are highly recommended.

[GB = Google Books; IA = Internet Archive]

  1. Contributions towards the exposition of the book of Genesis. 3 vols. 1852. [I’ve only found vol. 2: GB; but see the 1865 edition.]
  2. The book of Genesis expounded in a series of discourses. 2 vols. Edinburgh: A. and C. Black, 1865. [vol. 1 (rev. ed., 1868): IA; vol. 2: IA] [= item #1, repackaged]
  3. An inquiry into the completeness and extent of the atonement : with especial reference to the universal offer of the gospel, and the universal obligation to believe. Edinburgh: J. Johnstone, 1845. [IA]
  4. The atonement: its reality, completeness, and extent. London: T. Nelson & sons, 1861. [IA] [= item #2]
  5. Scripture characters and miscellanies. Edinburgh: Johnstone & Hunter, 1850. [IA]
  6. Examination of Mr. [F. D.] Maurice’s theological essays. London: J. Nisbet, 1854. [IA]
  7. Scripture characters. [Sermons edited & reordered from Scripture characters and miscellanies (1850).] London: T. Nelson & sons, 1857. [IA]
  8. Life in a risen Savior. [Discourses on 1 Corinthians 15.] Philadelphia : Lindsay and Blakiston, 1858. [IA]
  9. Reason and revelation. London: T. Nelson & sons, [1859] 1864. [IA]
  10. The two great commandments: Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and thy neighbor as thyself: illustrated in a series of discourses on the 12th chapter of the Epistle to the Romans. London: T. Nelson, 1860. [IA]
  11. The fatherhood of God: Being the first course of the Cunningham Lectures, delivered before the New College, Edinburgh, March, 1864. Edinburgh : Adam and Charles Black, [1865] 1867. [GB]
  12. Bethany: or, comfort in sorrow and hope in death. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1870. [GB]
  13. The Relative Duties of Home Life. [Seven discourses on Ephesians 5 and 6.]. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1871.
  14. Discourses on the sonship and brotherhood of believers, and other kindred subjects. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1872. [Not available]
  15. Sermons of the late Robert S. Candlish, minister of Free St. George’s, and principal of the New College, Edinburgh. With a biographical preface. New York, R. Carter & bros., 1874. [IA]
  16. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians: expounded in a series of discourses. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1875. [Not available]
  17. The first Epistle of John: expounded in a series of lectures. Edinburgh : Adam and Charles Black, 1877. [IA]
  18. The gospel of forgiveness: a series of discourses. Edinburgh : Adam and Charles Black, 1878. [IA]

Short works:

  1. Reason insufficient without revelation: a sermon preached in St. George’s Church, Edinburgh, on Sabbath 14th September, 1834. Edinburgh: Waugh and Innes, 1834. [IA]
  2. The Lord’s short work on the earth: a sermon preached in Free St, George’s, Edinburgh, January 4, 1852. Edinburgh: Johnstone & Hunter, 1852. [IA]
  3. With George Philip. Funeral sermons in connection with the death of the Rev. Thomas Guthrie, D.D., preached in Free St. John’s, Edinburgh, on Sabbath, 2d March, 1873. Edinburgh: MacLaren & MacNiven, 1873. [GB]
  4. Sermons preached in Free St. Georges, Edinburgh, on Sabbath, November 2, 1873. Edinburgh: T. Nelson and Sons, 1873. [IA]
  5. “The Sabbath.” In Christianity and recent speculations. Six lectures by ministers of the Free Church [of Scotland]. Edinburgh: John MacLaren, 1866. [IA]

Many more short works are on Ecclegen website.

Biographical:

  1. Memorials of Robert Smith Candlish, D.D.: minister of St. George’s Free Church, and principal of the New College, Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1880. [GB] [IA]

This list focuses on longer works and those freely available. A much fuller bibliography on Candlish is available here.

Free Commentaries on Genesis – Quick Links (Ultimate List of Free Bible Commentaries)

This is a shortened version of my ultimate list of free Genesis commentaries, created for quicker reference. Commentaries covering the entire book are in boldface.

Those I especially treasured as thorough and thoughtful were the commentaries of Ainsworth, Babington, Kalisch, Needler, and Patrick, the sermons of Candlish and Fuller, and the Genesis Rabbah, a Jewish midrash. Gibbons also has an absurd number of patristic quotations.

Genesis Commentaries

Alcuin (1–16) | Alford | Ambrose (1–4) | Ambrosiaster (“Pseudo-Augustine”) | Anonymous [“Fidus”] (3) | Babington | Basil the Great (1) | H. Bonar (1–6) | Browne (“Speaker’s Commentary”) | Bunyan (1–10) | Bush | Chapman(?) | Clapham (1–14) | Coghlan | Colman (1–3) | T. Cooper | Cumming[1] | | Delitzsch vol 1 (1–14) / Delitzsch vol 2 (15–50) | de Sola, Lindenthal, & Morris | Driver (“Westminster”) | Franks | Geddes | Genesis Rabbah | Gibbons/Gibbens (1–14) | Gibson | Goodspeed | Groves | P. Henry (1–11) | Hughes | Hunnis | “Ibn Ezra” (Abraham ben Meir ibn Ezra) | Jacobus | Jervis | J. C. Jones (1–8) | Keil & Delitzsch | Kurtz / alt. ver. | Latch | Lightfoot | Luther vol 1 (1–3) / Luther vol 2 (4–9) | D. MacDonald (1–3) | McCaul (1) | Murphy | Needler (1–5) | W. Paul | Payne Smith [“Ellicott’s”] | Richardson | A. Ross (1–14) | Ryle / alt. ver.| Sibthorp | Simeon / alt. ver. | Skinner | Spurrell | Terry & Newhall [“Whedon’s”] / alt. ver. | Todd | Turner | Victorinus (1–2) | von Gerlach | Walker (1–2) | J. White (1–3) | Willet | I. Williams (1–4) |

Pentateuch Commentaries

Ainsworth | Blunt | “Chizkuni” (Rabbi Hezekiah ben Manoah) | A. Jackson |Kalisch | Kenrick | Kidder | Morison | “Ramban” (Rabbi Moses ben Nahman) | “Sforno” (Ovadiah ben Ya’akov Seforno) | A. Wright |

Whole Bible Commentaries & Study Bibles

Barnes | Benson | Bullinger | Calvin | Constable | Dodd | Gaebelein | Gill | M. Henry / alt. ver. / abridged ver. | Hewlett | Jamieson | Kitto | Kretzmann | Lange | Meyer[4] | Meyer[5] | Patrick | Poole | T. Scott | Sutcliffe | Trapp | T. Williams |

Sermons & Lectures

Andrewes (1–4) / alt. ver. | Banks (1–3) | Boardman (1–2) | Bonnet (3) | Bonus | Bromby (1–5) | Candlish | Close | Crosse (1–23) | Dods (“Expositor’s Bible”) | Fuller | Horne | MacDuff (28) | Mackintosh | MacLaren [“Expositions of Holy Scripture”] | J. Parker [“People’s Bible” vol. 1] | Rollinson (49) | Shute (16) | Thornton

Studies of Biblical Characters

Cumming[2] (1–11) | Cumming[3] (12–36) | Cumming[4] (37–50) | Kelly (12–25) | Meyer[1] (12–25) | Meyer[3] (25–35) | Meyer[3] (37–50) |

Dissertations & Essays

Barrington (3) | Bate (3) | Gray (14) | Holden (2–3) | Kennicott (2–4) | Oakes (1–3) | Salkeld (2–3) | Shuckford (1–3) |

There are many more works, especially in Latin, that are available online. If you know of a work I’ve left out that’s freely available online, written in English, and in the public domain, please leave a suggestion in the comments.

Free Books by Arthur C. Custance (COMPLETE)

Arthur C. Custance (1910–1985) was a Canadian scientist and lay theologian. He may remind you of a medieval polymath for his breadth of knowledge. After receiving a M.A. in “Middle Eastern Languages” (the course of study included Greek, Hebrew, and cuneiform) in 1941, he completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology, but was denied graduation after his thesis approval because he believed in a literal Adam and Eve. He later obtained another Ph.D. in Education (1959). You can read more of his fascinating biography here.

Because of his broad interests, Custance’s writings are a wholly unique cocktail of theology, biology, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, and archaeology. Even though these works are decades old, the quality of his erudition lends lasting value to most of his works. Most were part of “The Doorway Papers” series of monographs (1957–1972). These monographs are collected in loosely related volumes. Those who are studying creationism will find a treasure trove here!

I recommend in particular two books: The Seed of the Woman (his magnum opus) and The Virgin Birth and the Incarnation (“The Trinity in the Old Testament” and “How Did Jesus Die?” are both extremely interesting).

Does Science Transcend Culture? (PhD Thesis)

Evolution or Creation? (Doorway Papers #4)

The Flood: Local or Global? (Doorway Papers #9)

Genesis and Early Man (Doorway Papers #2)

Hidden Things of God’s Revelation (Doorway Papers #7)

Journey out of Time: A Study of the Interval Between Death and the Resurrection of the Body

Man in Adam and in Christ (Doorway Papers #3)

The Mysterious Matter of Mind

Noah’s Three Sons (Doorway Papers #1)

Science and Faith (Doorway Papers #8)

The Seed of the Woman: What God Had To Do To Make Our Salvation Possible

Sovereignty of Grace: A Study of Election and Predestination

Time and Eternity (Doorway Papers #6)

Two Men Called Adam

The Virgin Birth and the Incarnation (Doorway Papers #5)

Without Form and Void: A Study of the Meaning of the Hebrew Words of Genesis 1:1 and 2

For those interested, the ACOL website does list a few short articles that are not available online:

How to Evaluate Commentaries on Genesis (1957) [Wow, this would be cool to have.]
Some Hebrew Word Studies (1972)
When the Earth Was Divided: An Imaginative Reconstruction of Early History (1962)

Free Books by F. B. Meyer (60+)

Frederick Brotherton Meyer (8 April 1847 – 28 March 1929), a contemporary and friend of D. L. Moody and A. C. Dixon, was a Baptist pastor and evangelist in England involved in ministry and inner city mission work on both sides of the Atlantic. Author of numerous religious books and articles, many of which remain in print today, he was described in an obituary as The Archbishop of the Free Churches.” (Wikipedia)

Meyer was extremely prolific, and his works listed here include a complete chapter-by-chapter exposition of the Bible (Through the Bible Day by Day, originally 7 volumes, shared on BibleHub) as well as daily homilies covering the entire Bible (Our Daily Homily, 4 volumes).

  1. Abraham; or, the Obedience of Faith
  2. Back to Bethel: Separation from Sin and Fellowship with God (1901?)
  3. The Bells of Is; or, Voices of Human Need and Sorrow; Echoes from My Early Pastorate (1894)
  4. Blessed Are Ye: Talks on the Beatitudes (1898)
  5. Calvary to Pentecost (1894)
  6. A Castaway, and Other Addresses (1897)
  7. Cheer for Life’s Pilgrimages (1897)
  8. Christ in Isaiah (1911)
  9. Christian Living (1890)
  10. The Creed of Creeds: A Series of Short Expositions of the Apostles’ Creed (1906)
  11. David: Shepherd, Psalmist, King (1910)
  12. The Directory of the Devout Life: Meditations on the Sermon on the Mount (1904) [reprinted as Inherit the Kingdom]
  13. Elijah and the Secret of His Power
  14. The Epistle to the Philippians: A Devotional Commentary [possibly overlapping material from Through the Bible Day by Day?]
  15. The Exalted Christ
  16. The Future Tenses of the Blessed Life (1892)
  17. The Glorious Lord
  18. A Good Start (1897)
  19. In Defense of the Faith: The Old Better Than the New (1907)
  20. I Promise (1899)
  21. Israel, a Prince with God
  22. Jeremiah, Priest and Prophet (1894)
  23. John the Baptist
  24. Joseph—Beloved, Hated, Exalted (1910)
  25. Joshua and the Land of Promise (1893)
  26. Jottings and Hints for Lay Preachers (1903)
  27. The Life and Light of Men: Expositions of John 1–12 (1892)
  28. Life and the Way Through (1913)
  29. Light on Life’s Duties
  30. Lovers Always
  31. Love to the Uttermost: Expositions of John 13–21
  32. Meet for the Master’s Use
  33. Memorials of Cecil Robertson of Sianfu, Medical Missionary (1916)
  34. Moses, the Servant of God (1909)
  35. Our Daily Homily, vol. 1: Genesis–Ruth (1898)
  36. Our Daily Homily, vol. 2: 1 Samuel–Job (1898)
  37. Our Daily Homily, vol. 3: Psalms–Canticles
  38. Our Daily Homily, vol. 4: Isaiah–Malachi (1898)
  39. Our Daily Homily, vol. 5: Matthew–Revelation (1898)
  40. Paul, a Servant of God
  41. Peace, Perfect Peace: A Portion for the Sorrowing (1897)
  42. Peter: Fisherman, Disciple, Apostle (1894?)
  43. Prayers for Heart and Home: Morning and Evening Devotions for a Month (1894)
  44. The Present Tenses of the Blessed Life (1892)
  45. The Prophet of Hope: Studies in Zechariah (1900)
  46. Reveries and Realities; or, Life and Work in London (c.1890) [US only]
  47. Samuel the Prophet (1902)
  48. Saved and Kept: Counsels to Young Believers (1897)
  49. The Secret of Guidance (1896)
  50. The Shepherd Psalm (1889)
  51. Steps into the Blessed Life (1896)
  52. The Soul’s Ascent: A Connected Series of Missions Addresses (1904)
  53. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 1. Genesis–Joshua [no primary source found]
  54. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 2. Judges–2 Chronicles [no primary source found]
  55. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 3. Job–Ecclesiastes [no primary source found]
  56. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 4. Ezra–Malachi [no primary source found]
  57. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 5. Matthew–John [no primary source found]
  58. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 6. Acts–Ephesians [no primary source found]
  59. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Deviotional Commentary, Vol. 7. Philippians–Revelation
  60. Through Fire and Flood (1896)
  61. Tried by Fire: Expositions of the First Epistle of Peter
  62. The Way into the Holiest: Expositions of the Epistle to the Hebrews (c.1893)
  63. The Wideness of God’s Mercy (1906)
  64. Winter in South Africa (1908) [US only]

Booklets

There are also a few shorter works (under 70 pages), which are listed here.

  1. The Modern Craze of Spiritualism [US only]
  2. Religion and Race-Regeneration [US only]
  3. Words of Help

Free Books by G. D. Watson

G. D. (George Douglas) Watson (1845–1924) was a holiness preacher in the eastern United States. He was raised in a Methodist home, and called to preach at a tender age.

I was born in Accomac County, Virginia, March 26, 1845. My father and mother, grandfather and grandmother, were Methodists. I was raised up in family prayer, attended Sabbath-school and went through many revivals of religion. I suppose I was the black sheep of the flock; the worst boy of the whole six. . . . My earliest convictions were when I was five or six years old. Father and Mother went to church and left us children alone, the eldest being twelve or thirteen years of age. We sang “Rock of Ages,” and all got under conviction. I prayed and cried, but did not know what ailed me. At that early, age I was called to preach. When I was twelve or thirteen I sought religion, and after that was at the altar at every revival . . .

Autobiography of G. D. Watson

Watson’s books often deal with holiness, sanctification, and the inner work of the Holy Spirit. Our Own God and Soul Food come highly recommended. Of 18 books, 14 are freely available online; two more are in paperback; only two (The Divine Love Song and A Holiness Manual) are not available anywhere (though I’ve added links to WorldCat.org, where you can see which libraries hold copies).

  1. The Bridehood Saints: Treating of the Saints Who Are the “Selection from the Selection”—Those Saints Who Are to Make Up the Bride of Christ (1910?)
  2. Coals of Fire: Being Expositions of Scripture on the Doctrine, Experience, and Practice of Christian Holiness (1886)
  3. The Divine Love Song: An Exposition of the Song of Solomon (1909) [out of print; not available online]
  4. God’s Eagles: or, Complete Testing of the Saints (1927) [posthumous? not available online; only available in ppb]
  5. God’s First Words: Studies in Genesis, Historic, Prophetic, and Experimental (1900) [not available online; available in ppb]
  6. A Holiness Manual (1882) [out of print; not available online]
  7. The Heavenly Life and Type of the Holy Spirit (1900?)
  8. Love Abounding, and Other Expositions on the Spiritual Life (1891) [ppb]
  9. Our Own God (1904) [ppb]
  10. A Pot of Oil; or, The Anointed Life as Applied to Prayer, the Mental Faculties, the Affections and Christian Service (1900) [ppb]
  11. Pure Gold (1898) [ppb]
  12. The Secret of Spiritual Power [HTML format; n.d.]
  13. The Seven Overcomeths and Other Expositions from the Revelation (1889; US access only?)
  14. Soul Food: Being Chapters on the Interior Life with Passages of Personal Experience (1896) [ppb]
  15. Spiritual Feasts (1904)
  16. Spiritual Ships: An Allegory of Religious Characters and Experiences (1902)
  17. Steps to the Throne (1898)
    [Tribulation Worketh = compilation from other works]
  18. White Robes; or, Garments of Salvation (1883) [ppb]

There are a few other works that appear to be single sermons or pamphlets (here links are to WorldCat.org), which were possibly incorporated into later books:

  1. Fruit of Canaan: Notes of Personal Experiences (57 pages)
  2. Out of Egypt into Canaan: Experiences of Geo. D. Watson (21 pages)

Free Commentaries on Genesis (Ultimate List of Free Bible Commentaries)

I've chosen to only list here commentaries that are freely available online in English. It's not perfect, but I've worked hard to make this list more complete than others I have seen online. For more free Bible commentaries, check here.
And for an earlier version of this post with more comments on each book,  click here.
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100+ Free Commentaries on Genesis

Below are listed over 100 commentaries on Genesis that are free online, in various formats and platforms. All of them were published before 1920 but are preserved, mostly through large-scale repositories like Internet Archive, HathiTrust, Early English Books Online, and Google Books, in addition to Sefaria.

I've numbered them in loose order based on my recommendation of them; I've commented on those that I've consulted. This list was a bit of an experiment; in the future, I will try to order these by language and author.

This list is pretty extensive, but if you know Latin, German, or French, you can find even more over at PRDL. 
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