Bible Commentaries

This is a series of Bible Commentaries for pastors, elders and Bible Study leaders in the developing world or for people who speak English as a second language.

We invite you to download, print, and use any of these commentaries free of charge, but you must include the Copyright Statement included in each document. They are written in Level B EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) unless it says otherwise.

 

Genesis: It all begins with God
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Genesis. Written by Marie Wetherill and Keith Simons. May 2006.

Genesis: God’s Ancient People
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Genesis. Written by Alun Owen. November 2004.

Exodus: Israel becomes a nation
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Exodus. Written by Hilda Bright and Kitty Pride. Published 2013. In 2 parts:

Leviticus: Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Leviticus. Written by Gordon Churchyard. July 2010.

Numbers: In the Desert
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Numbers. Written by Marion Adams. February 2009.

Deuteronomy: God’s law of Love
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Deuteronomy. Written by Philip Smith. November 2012.

Joshua: Come in, and receive God’s Promises! (maps)
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Joshua. Written by Brian Rowlands. April 2005.

Judges: Life Without Law
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Judges. Written by Philip Smith. January 2005.

Ruth: Ruth Obeys God and Finds Love
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Ruth. Written by Hazel Rea and Chris Gladwell. July 2004.

Ruth: There is a Redeemer
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Ruth, written in Level A EasyEnglish (1200 words). Written by Gordon Churchyard. Latest version February 2007.

1 Samuel: Israel’s First King
A Bible text and commentary on the book of 1 Samuel. Written by Helen Pocock. August 2002.

2 Samuel: David, the Great King of Israel
A Bible text and commentary on the book of 2 Samuel. Written by Helen Pocock. March 2006.

1 Kings: God’s Lessons from History
A Bible text and commentary on 1 Kings. Written by Philip Smith. September 2007.

2 Kings: The Last Kings of Israel and Judah
A Bible text and commentary on the book of 2 Kings. Written by Philip Smith. March 2009.

1 Chronicles: God rules History
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of 1 Chronicles. Written by Ian Mackervoy. April 2009.

2 Chronicles: God Desires Loyal People
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of 2 Chronicles. Written by Ian Mackervoy. November 2010. In 2 parts:

Ezra: The Jews return to Jerusalem
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Ezra. Written by Robert Bryce. July 2008.

Nehemiah: The Jews build Jerusalem’s city wall again
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Nehemiah. Written by Robert Bryce and Robert Betts. October 2006.

Esther: God is in Control
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Esther. Written by Robert Bryce. Revised February 2006.

Job: Job, a servant of God
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Job. Written by Keith Simons. November 2005.

Psalms: The Psalms of David
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Psalms, based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary). Written by Gordon Churchyard. 2001- 2002.

Proverbs: Lessons about Wisdom
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Proverbs. Written by Keith Simons. Revised November 2005.

Ecclesiastes: The Teacher searches for the purpose of our live
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes. Written by Hilda Bright and Kitty Pride. November 2013.

Song of Songs: The Bible’s Love Poem
A Bible text and commentary on the Song of Songs. Written by Keith Simons. August 2009.
Bible students disagree about the meaning and about the purpose of the Song. The purpose of this commentary is to explain the subjects that are clear in the Song.

Song of Songs: How to Love God with All Your Heart
A Bible text and commentary on the Song of Songs. Written by Keith Simons. November 2005.
This commentary deals with the Bible text like a picture in words about God’s love.

Song of Songs: A Wonderful Song about Love
A Bible text and commentary on the Song of Songs. Written by Mark Kirkpatrick. February 2006.
This commentary deals with the Bible text literally as a love song.

Song of Songs: The Beautiful Woman behind the Veil
A Bible text and commentary on the Song of Songs. Written by Sarah Ruth. March 2012.
This commentary also deals with the Bible text literally as a love song but it is in simpler English.

Isaiah: God controls the Nations
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Isaiah. Written by Norman Hillyer. October 2007. In 7 parts:

Isaiah: New Heavens and a New Earth
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Isaiah. Written by Gordon Churchyard. September 2009 to December 2012. In 8 parts:

Jeremiah 1-10: The Sins of God’s People

A Bible text and commentary on the book of Jeremiah. Written by Hilda Bright. November 2014.

Lamentations: Jeremiah Weeps in the Darkness
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Lamentations. Written by Roy Rohu. December 2004.

Ezekiel: ‘They shall know that I am God’
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Ezekiel. Written by Ian Mackervoy. August 2008. Available as these parts:

Daniel: The Men who were Loyal to God
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Daniel. Written by Robert Bryce. Revised March 2007.

Hosea: The Man who Never Stopped Loving
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Hosea. Written by Mark Kirkpatrick. July 2002.

Joel: The Day of the Lord
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Joel. Written by Roy Rohu. May 2005.

Amos: The Man with a Difficult Message from God
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Amos. Written by Mark Kirkpatrick. November 2003.

Obadiah: The Lord is King
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Obadiah. Written by Philip Smith. May 2004.

Jonah: The Man who Disagreed with God
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Jonah. Written by Mark Kirkpatrick. May 2001.

Micah: Micah speaks a Message from God to all the Nations
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Micah. Written by Les Painter. January 2007.

Nahum: Nahum, Prophet of Comfort
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Nahum. Written by Gordon Churchyard. December 2006.

Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah: The Problem of Assyria
A Bible text and commentary on the books of Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah, written in Level A EasyEnglish (1200 words). Written by Gordon Churchyard. February 2007.

Haggai: Never Give Up!
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Haggai, written in Level A EasyEnglish (1200 words). Written by Gordon Churchyard. July 2007.

Zechariah: God Remembers His Promises
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Zechariah, written in Level B EasyEnglish. Written by Gordon Churchyard. November 2005.

Malachi: My Messenger
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Malachi, written in Level B EasyEnglish. Written by Gordon Churchyard. May 2005.

Matthew: Matthew’s Good News
A Bible text and commentary on Matthew’s Gospel. Written by Hilda Bright. May 2005.

Matthew 1-4: The Birth of Jesus and the Beginning of his Work

A Bible text and commentary on Matthew’s Gospel by Ian Mackervoy. November 2014.

Mark: Mark’s Good News
A Bible text and commentary on Mark’s Gospel. Written by Hilda Bright. April 2006.

Mark: Christ in Mark’s Gospel
A Bible commentary on Mark’s Gospel, without translated Bible text. In very simple English (1200 word vocabulary). Written by Keith Simons. March 2010.

Luke: Luke’s Good News
A Bible text and commentary on Luke’s Gospel. Written by Hilda Bright. June 2002.

Luke: The Man Christ Jesus
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of Luke. Written by Ian Mackervoy. November 2010 to December 2013. Published in 5 parts.

John: John tells the Good News about Jesus
A Bible text and commentary on the Gospel of John. Written by Marion Adams. November 2006.

Acts: Good News for Everyone
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Acts. Written by Marion Adams. April 2005.

Romans: Paul’s letter to the Romans
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. Written by Hilda Bright and Keith Simons. June 2007.

1 Corinthians: Servants of Christ
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth. Written by Hilda Bright. December 2004.

2 Corinthians: God shows his Power when we are Weak
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s second letter to the Church in Corinth. Written by Philip Smith. June 2005.

Galatians: Christ has made us Free
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s letter to the Churches in Galatia. Written by Helen Pocock. November 2005.

Galatians: Continue to Believe the Truth
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s letter to the Churches in Galatia by Roy Rohu. Revised November 2006.

Ephesians: Christian Belief and Behaviour
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Written by Cynthia Green and Les Painter. February 2005.

Philippians: Letter of Joy
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Written by Hilda Bright. Revised September 2006.

Colossians: Christ has Everything that you Need
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Written by Helen Pocock. August 2003.

1 Thessalonians: When Jesus Christ comes
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. Written by Ian Mackervoy. August 2003.

2 Thessalonians: The Lord has not come yet
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians. Written by Ian Mackervoy. July 2003.

1 Timothy: How to be a Leader in the Church
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s first letter to Timothy. Written by Ian Mackervoy. October 2003.

2 Timothy: How we should Encourage each other to do God’s Work
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s second letter to Timothy. Written by Ian Mackervoy. October 2003.

Titus: A Guide for Christian Leaders
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s letter to Titus. Written by Hilda Bright and Helen Pocock. March 2004.

Philemon: A Very Precious Letter
A Bible text and commentary on Paul’s letter to Philemon. Written by Keith Neville and Marion Adams. July 2004.

Hebrews: How can I get to Heaven?
A Bible text and commentary on the letter to the Hebrews. Written by Ian Mackervoy. May 2001.

James: What faith should do
A Bible text and commentary on the letter of James. Written by Ian Mackervoy. February 2003.

1 Peter: More Precious than Gold
A Bible text and commentary on Peter’s first letter. Written by Helen Pocock. December 2001.

2 Peter: Jesus will Return
A Bible text and commentary on Peter’s second letter. Written by Hilda Bright and Helen Pocock. May 2004.

1 John: How can I be Sure?
A Bible text and commentary on John’s first letter. Written by Ian Mackervoy. April 2005.

2 John: How to live in the Truth
A Bible text and commentary on John’s second letter. Written by Ian Mackervoy. April 2005.

3 John: Encourage those who do Good Work
A Bible text and commentary on John’s third letter. Written by Ian Mackervoy. April 2005.

Jude: Danger from False Teachers
A Bible text and commentary on the letter of Jude. Written by Norman Hillyer. September 2008.

Jude: Fight for the Faith!
A Bible text and commentary on the letter of Jude. Written by Hilda Bright. November 2002.

Revelation: From Now to the End of Time
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Revelation. Written by Ian Mackervoy. July 2006.