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HENRY ALFORD The New Testament for English Readers 1 Corinthians Commentary

Read his fascinating brief biography - Henry Alford (1810-1871) and Phil Johnson's related comments

James Rosscup writes that Alford's series on the New Testament "contains much that is valuable in the Greek New Testament… though all of the Greek New Testament words have been changed to English throughout." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (see his comments in following entry on Alford).

Editorial Note: If you are not proficient in Greek, you will find this work considerably more useful than the following work by Alford, because in this volume he translates the Greek and Latin into English. While the "The Greek New Testament" is longer (e.g., English version of 1John = 66 pages compared to Greek version = 94 pages in part because the latter includes comments of more technical nature), the substance of the commentary is otherwise similar to that found in the "NT for English Readers".

HENRY ALFORD The Greek New Testament 1 Corinthians Commentary

James Rosscup writes that "This was the great work in the life of the versatile Dean of Canterbury. An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols.). Alford was a Calvinist, conservative and premillennial, though not dispensational. He takes a literal interpretation of the thousand years in Rev. 20 and has a famous quote there, is strong on sovereign election as in Ro 8:29, 30 and 1Pe 1:2, but, unfortunately, holds to baptismal regeneration in such texts as Titus 3:5 and John 3:5. He shows a great knowledge of the Greek text and faces problems of both a doctrinal and textual nature." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

John Piper writes ""When I’m stumped with a… grammatical or syntactical or logical [question] in Paul, I go to Henry Alford. Henry Alford… comes closer more consistently than any other human commentator to asking my kinds of questions."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon writes that this text "is an invaluable aid to the critical study of the text of the New Testament. You will find in it the ripened results of a matured scholarship, the harvesting of a judgment, generally highly impartial, always worthy of respect, which has gleaned from the most important fields of Biblical research, both modern and ancient, at home and abroad. You will not look here for any spirituality of thought or tenderness of feeling; you will find the learned Dean does not forget to do full justice to his own views, and is quite able to express himself vigorously against his opponents; but for what it professes to be, it is an exceedingly able and successful work. The later issues are by far the most desirable, as the author has considerably revised the work in the fourth edition. What I have said of his Greek Testament applies equally to Alford’s New Testament for English Readers,* which is also a standard work." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)



PAUL APPLE Commentary  - Excellent material for sermon preparation

JACK ARNOLD SERMONS Over 450 pages of conservative, evangelical sermon material. Excellent resource

WAYNE BARBER - one of my favorites - recommended, practical teaching on the "Christ life"

WILLIAM BARCLAY Commentary on the Gospel of Mark Daily Study Bible

D Edmond Hiebert - Prints the author's own translation.  Valuable for its numerous helpful word studies and background material. Barclay holds that Christ's descent into Hades gave those who there heard Him a second chance.

Comment: I appreciate Barclay's unique insights on Greek words, but clearly his teaching about a "second chance" is NOT sound doctrine! Be an Acts 17:11 Berean with Barclay. See discussion of his orthodoxy especially the article "The Enigmatic William Barclay".


James Rosscup writes that Barnes "includes 16 volumes on the Old Testament, 11 on the New Testament. The New Testament part of this old work was first published in 1832–1851. Various authors contributed. It is evangelical and amillennial… Often the explanations of verses are very worthwhile." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

C H Spurgeon "Albert Barnes is a learned and able divine, but his productions are unequal in value, the gospels are of comparatively little worth, but his other comments are extremely useful for Sunday-school teachers and persons with a narrow range of reading, endowed with enough good sense to discriminate between good and evil… Placed by the side of the great masters, Barnes is a lesser light, but taking his work for what it is and professes to be, no minister can afford to be without it, and this is no small praise for works which were only intended for Sunday-school teachers." (Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

JOSEPH BEET - 1 Corinthians Commentary

D Edmond Hiebert - A clear and full interpretation by a British Methodist scholar of the past century. Its doctrinal summaries are intended as a contribution to systematic theology.

BRIAN BELL Sermons on Mark

JOHANN BENGEL Gnomon of the New Testament

JOHANN BENGEL The Critical English Testament

Combination of Gnomon above + Comments by other expositors [in brackets] (Recommended if not conversant with Greek)



Resources that Reference this Book

Illustrations from Bible.org

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR 1 Corinthians Joseph Exell, Editor


JIM BOMKAMP  - Sermon Notes - Calvary Chapel Green Bay


WILLIAM BURKITT 1 Corinthians Commentary

PAUL  BUTLER Studies in 1 Corinthians Commentary

JOHN CALVIN 1 Corinthians Commentary

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT 1 Corinthians Commentary

Parry, R. S. J. The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians.


D MARION CLARK - it will ask you to "Click here to download your attachment" (I checked it and it works fine - no virus or adware)

ADAM CLARKE 1 Corinthians Commentary

Click for brief critique of Clarke


THOMAS CONSTABLE 1 Corinthians Expository Notes

W A CRISWELL 1 Corinthians Sermons


CHARLES ELLICOTT - Editor. Commentary written by T. T. Shore

CRITICAL AND EXEGETICAL COMMENTARY First Epistle of St Paul To The Corinthians Archibald Robertson, Alfred Plummer

Rosscup: This, after Fee, is the most detailed and the best critical commentary on the epistle. Though not as readable as works by Godet, Grosheide, Johnson and Morris, it is more detailed in discussing possibilities for a given passage. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text Important introduction and a very thorough treatment of the Greek text, bringing out its finer shades of meaning. Essential for the careful student of the original text.

BOB DEFFINBAUGH 1 Corinthians Sermons


MARCUS DODS The Expositor's Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians

JOHN DUMMELOW 1 Corinthians Commentary

THOMAS EDWARDS 1 Corinthians Commentary

In Depth Verse by Verse Commentary

D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text. An exhaustive exposition by an independent, evangelical British scholar of the past century.

JONATHAN EDWARDS  1 Corinthians Sermons

TIMOTHY EDWARDS 1 Corinthians Commentary


D Edmond Hiebert - A brief conservative exposition by a Presbyterian professor of the past generation. Well adapted to the non-professional Bible student.

EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT 1 Corinthians Commentary G. G. Findlay

D Edmond Hiebert - A thorough commentary on the Greek text by an evangelical Methodist scholar of the past generation. Characterized by a thorough grasp of Pauline thought in the epistle. For the advanced student.




JOHN GILL 1 Corinthians Commentary

FRÉDÉRIC GODET 1 Corinthians Commentary

Rosscup: Godet, a Swiss Protestant Reformed scholar, was Professor of New Testament in the Free Evangelical Theological School, Neuchatel. He deals seriously with the text in the Greek, usually giving solid comments in a serious effort to explain a passage and showing connections between sections. His is one of the finer works among the older commentaries, well-worth consulting for its scholarship and its warm strain. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)

D Edmond Hiebert - An exhaustive technical commentary by a conservative French scholar of the past century. Valuable for its exegesis and warm spiritual views but weak and out of date in matters of textual criticism.

BRUCE GOETTSCHE 1 Corinthians Sermons




D Edmond Hiebert - A very helpful commentary aimed at meeting the needs of the theological student and the clergy by an evangelical British scholar. Various added notes supplement the concise comments on the individual verses.

Verse by verse and phrase by phrase.



DAVE GUZIK 1 Corinthians Commentary



MATTHEW HENRY 1 Corinthians Commentary

DAVID HOCKING - series of sermons

CHARLES HODGE 1 Corinthians Commentary

See also: Questions from Charles Hodge adapted to his Exposition of 1 Corinthians. 

Spurgeon: The more we use Hodge, the more we value him. This applies to all his commentaries. (Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries)

Rosscup: The famous theologian’s work, originally in 1857, is very worthy of reprint and much used by pastors, students and lay people in general. As on Romans, he explains each verse in a careful manner, informed by much study, and is particularly adept and helpful in bringing out the doctrinal truth. Those who use his works find much assistance in thinking through issues consistently with Scripture, seen from a Reformed perspective.

Cyril Barber - This important exposition of the doctrine contained in this epistle explains the essence of church member effectiveness, enlarges on the nature of Christian liberty, and discusses the principles and practice of the Christian assembly.

Keith Mathison (Ligonier Ministries): There are many who would ignore these older commentaries in favor of newer works, but in this case at least, that would be a major mistake. Hodge’s work is filled with valuable insight into Paul’s letter. Highly recommended.



  • Holman Christian Standard Bible - Study Bible (HCSB Study Bible)
  • Well done notes. Here is a sample comment on 1 Cor 6:9-11 "Believers should not be deceived into thinking that unbelieving judges (the unrighteous) and their slap-on-the-wrist verdicts about serious sin can render justice in the church. These people have no inheritance in God's kingdom. Only believers, who are washed... sanctified, and justified, can rightly judge sins (1 Cor 6:1). Paul's Corinthian readers would also take this admonition as a cause for asking themselves if their behavior matched that of "the unrighteous" or that of the "washed," the "sanctified," and the "justified.""

DAVID HOLWICK - frequent illustrations

HARRY IRONSIDE 1 Corinthians Commentary

Rosscup: A popular work of a survey nature, this is helpful because of its insight into the problems of the Corinthians and the practical applications today. The illustrations are good. (One of the better commentaries with a devotional flavor).

D Edmond Hiebert - A series of 39 expository addresses by a well-known Bible teacher-pastor covering the entire epistle. Practical and informative lectures with numerous pertinent illustrations. Premillennial in emphasis.

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN 1 Corinthians Commentary

S LEWIS JOHNSON 1 Corinthians Sermons

Rosscup (on his work in Wycliffe Bible Commentary): This work in the English, based upon a careful study of the Greek text, is helpful because it gets right to the crux of problems. However, by necessity, it is brief.


  • D Edmond Hiebert -An independent, conservative exposition by a Plymouth Brethren scholar of the past century. The footnotes deal mostly with manuscript evidence for variant textual readings.

C F KLING 1861

  • D Edmond Hiebert-A voluminous conservative Lutheran exposition. The epistles are divided into convenient paragraphs, with the material under each section appearing in three parts, exegetical and critical, doctrinal and ethical, homiletical and practical. Contains much rich ore to be mined by those willing to dig into its closely printed pages.

STEVE KRELOFF - Messianic pastor



STEVE LEWIS 1 Corinthians Studies

Web show Slide Presentation. Message Notes and Audio

JAMES LIAS - Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

JOHN MACARTHUR 1 Corinthians Sermons

(Click for list of links to all study guides on 1 Corinthians)

ALEXANDER MACLAREN 1 Corinthians Expository Sermons




HEINRICH MEYER 1 Corinthians Commentary

JAMES MOFFATT Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1938

D Edmond Hiebert -Based on Moffatt's own translation. A critical exposition by a liberal British scholar of note. Helpful for its treatment of critical problems raised by a close study of the text.




NET BIBLE NOTES 1 Corinthians Commentary

JAMES NISBET 1 Corinthians Church Pulpit Commentary

HERMANN OLSHAUSEN A Commentary on Paul's First and Second Epistles to the Corinthians.

Cyril Barber - First published in 1855. This highly esteemed exegetical and expository work enlivens the sacred page and enriches the spiritual life of the reader. "Pays careful attention to the theological exposition, entering into the marrow of religious ideas, and introducing the student to the spirit and inward unity of the divine revelation" (Philip Schaff). (Click here for links to Second Corinthians comments).

OUR DAILY BREAD Devotionals and Sermon Illustrations 1 Corinthians


MATTHEW POOLE Commentary 1 Corinthians

RICHARD PRATT - about 200 pages, essentially verse by verse

PREACHER'S COMMENTARY ON 1 CORINTHIANS 1 Corinthians A Homiletical Commentary

1 Corinthians 16:1-4 Concerning the Collection - Homiletical Analysis
1 Corinthians 16:5-14 Three Contrasts - Homiletical Analysis
1 Corinthians 16:9 An Opened Door
1 Corinthians 16:9 A Great Door and Effectual
1 Corinthians 16:15-24 Friends and Foes
1 Corinthians 16:22 Undesigned Illustrations of "To Me to Live is Christ"

PRECEPT MINISTRIES Inductive Bible Study

See also Louisiana Precept Leader and Student Helps

PULPIT COMMENTARY 1 Corinthians Sermons and Homiletics

Scroll Down Each Page for Homilies


Background Sir William M. Ramsay: Archaeologist and New Testament Scholar

Review by Cyril Barber - Ramsay’s writings are always worth reading. His discussions of perplexing issues are timely. He is unafraid of controversy, and his judgment on most issues is to be trusted. Two interesting chapters capture our attention: “Was Paul Married?” and “Had Paul Seen Jesus?” These essays originally appeared in The Expositor (1900--1901).

INDEX - click here for the chapters listed below


A. T. ROBERTSON Word Pictures in the New Testament 1 Corinthians



JOHNNY L SANDERS - 319 pages, verse by verse commentary, well-done

In addition to verse by verse, Dr Sanders has occasional illustrations and also does phrase by phrase - very useful if you are preaching through 1 Corinthians. 



SERMON AUDIO - pdf transcripts - variable quality. Be a Berean. 


Excerpts from many expositors.

CHARLES SIMEON Sermons on 1 Corinthians

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3 even better

CHUCK SMITH 1 Corinthians Commentary



C H SPURGEON Devotionals from Morning and Evening 1 Corinthians

RAY STEDMAN Expository Studies in First Corinthians

Cyril Barber -  Excellent examples of biblical exposition, revealing at the same time rich insights into Paul's life and thought. Highly recommended.

JOHN STEVENSON - has some nice tables and diagrams

JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE Commentary 1 Corinthians

THIRD MILLENNIUM - Study Notes 1 Corinthians

TODAY IN THE WORD Devotional Illustrations 1 Corinthians

DAVID THOMPSON - each Pdf is about 3 pages long and there are 75 messages

JOHN TRAPP Commentary 1 Corinthians


MARVIN VINCENT Testament Word Studies 1 Corinthians


STEVE ZEISLER 1 Corinthians Sermons


The Law of Christian Giving R. Tuck 1 Corinthians 16:1, 2
Charity: its Principles and Methods F. W. Robertson, M.A. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
Christian Giving J. T. C. Gullan. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
Christian Philanthropy D. Thomas, D. D. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
Church Gifts J.R. Thomson 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
Collection in Church U. R. Thomas. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
Collections   1 Corinthians 16:1-4
Concerning the Collection E. Hundall 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
On Living by Rule Dean Goulburn. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
The Cooperation of Church and Minister J. Lyth, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
The Gladness of Giving   1 Corinthians 16:1-4
The Poor M. Dods, D. D. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
The Theology of Money J.Parker, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
The Weekly Offering W. G. Lewis. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
Charity; its Systematic Mode of Exercise C. Lipscomb 1 Corinthians 16:1-5
The Relations of Gentile to Jewish Churches R. Tuck 1 Corinthians 16:3
A Great and Effectual Door Opened J. Hambleton, M. A. 1 Corinthians 16:5-9
An Open Door S. A. Tipple. 1 Corinthians 16:5-9
Counsel and Character J. W. Burn. 1 Corinthians 16:5-9
God's Will the Rule and Spiritual Usefulness the End of Life D. Thomas, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:5-9
Opportunity J. Dymond. 1 Corinthians 16:5-9
The Opening of a Great and Effectual Door J. Lyth, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:5-9
What Christianity Does for a Man J. Parker, D. D. 1 Corinthians 16:5-9
Words to Those Who Travel E. Hundall 1 Corinthians 16:5-9
St. Paul and His Purposes; His Friends; Earnest Exhortation C. Lipscomb 1 Corinthians 16:6-18
The Mission of Our Hindrances R. Tuck 1 Corinthians 16:9
The Open Door and Many Adversaries J.R. Thomson 1 Corinthians 16:9
Etiquette Amongst Ministers J. Lyth, . D. D. 1 Corinthians 16:10-16
Ministerial Solicitude T. Kelly. 1 Corinthians 16:10-16
Paul's Affectionate Recommendation of Timothy Teaches Us that Young Ministers J. Lyth, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:10-16
Personal Notices F. W. Robertson, M. A. 1 Corinthians 16:10-16
Wholesome Teaching for the Older Ministers D. Thomas, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:10-16
Strong and Loving Alexander Maclaren 1 Corinthians 16:13
The Word of Command to Christian Soldiers J.R. Thomson 1 Corinthians 16:13
A Fivefold Exhortation E. Hundall 1 Corinthians 16:13, 14
A Manly Christianity J. Lyth. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Be Strong T. T. Shore, M.A. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Be Strong S. Martin. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Christ Satisfying the Instinct of Courage Dean Vaughan. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Christian Steadfastness John Stevens. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Christian Strength B. Beddome, M. A. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Christian Warfare W. Linn, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Four Points in the Christian Life D. Rhys Jenkins. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Manliness D. Macleod, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Manliness in Religion J. N. Norton, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Stand Fast in the Faith J. Lyth, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Standing Fast in the Faith T. B. McLeod. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Strength J. H. Burn, B.D. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
The Demands of Christianity D. Thomas, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
The Manliness of Godliness J. De Kewer Williams. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
The Requirements of the Christian Warfare Canon Garbett. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Three Kinds of Temptation Principal A. M. Fairbairn. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
True Manhood Archdeacon Farrar. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
True Manliness W. B. Stewart, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
True Strength New York Observer 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Vigilance Needed J. Halsey. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Watchfulness Needed   1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Watchfulness, Steadfastness, Manliness, Strength   1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Wise Counsels J. Lyth. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
A Universal Rule J. Lyth, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:14
Love a Principle of Action J.R. Thomson 1 Corinthians 16:14
Love as a Motive J. Ruskin. 1 Corinthians 16:14
Love More Effective than Logic   1 Corinthians 16:14
The Key Which Sets the World to Music D. Thomas, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:14
The Limitation of the Robuster Virtues R. Tuck 1 Corinthians 16:14
The Universal Rule J. W. Burn. 1 Corinthians 16:14
Spiritual Refreshment Prof. J. R. Thomson. 1 Corinthians 16:17-18
Spiritual Refreshment J.R. Thomson 1 Corinthians 16:18
The Church in the House R. Tuck 1 Corinthians 16:19
Christian Greetings J.R. Thomson 1 Corinthians 16:19, 20
A Church in the House Biblical Museum 1 Corinthians 16:19-21
A Church in the House S. Hayward. 1 Corinthians 16:19-21
Aquila and Priscilla J. Lyth, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:19-21
Family Prayer Homiletic Monthly 1 Corinthians 16:19-21
The Apostolic Salutations Indicate Prof. J. R. Thomson. 1 Corinthians 16:19-21
The Church in the House J. Lyth, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:19-21
The Church in the House R. Tuck, B.A. 1 Corinthians 16:19-21
The Social Temperature of a Church Christian World 1 Corinthians 16:19-21
Closing Words C. Lipscomb 1 Corinthians 16:19-24
A Negative Crime and a Positive Punishment D. Thomas, D. D. 1 Corinthians 16:22
Affection Ungratefully Withheld Sharpened Arrows 1 Corinthians 16:22
Anathema G. Whitefield. 1 Corinthians 16:22
Anathema and Grace A. Maclaren, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:22
How He Came to Say It T. De Witt Talmage, D. D. 1 Corinthians 16:22
Love to Christ C. Hodge, D. D. 1 Corinthians 16:22
Loving Christ and the Penalty of Neglecting It G. Osborn, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:22
Loving Jesus Christ J. Donne. 1 Corinthians 16:22
Not Loving Christ and its Consequences A. Roberts, M.A. 1 Corinthians 16:22
The Absence of Love to Christ J.R. Thomson 1 Corinthians 16:22
The Christian Anathema R. Tuck 1 Corinthians 16:22
The Importance of Love to Christ S. Lavington. 1 Corinthians 16:22
The Sin and Doom of the Loveless J. Eadie, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:22
The Sin of not Loving Christ Dr. Vinet. 1 Corinthians 16:22
Those Who Do not Love Christ E. Hundall 1 Corinthians 16:22
Want of Love to Christ a Fatal Sin T. L. Cuyler. 1 Corinthians 16:22
Want of Love to Christ Is W. Cadman, M A. 1 Corinthians 16:22
Paul's Love to the Corinthians Was J. Lyth, D.D. 1 Corinthians 16:24