The 21 HORAE HOMILETICAE VOLUMES COMPLETE These expository outlines (or 'skeletons') are not a verse-by-verse explanation of the English Bible. Rather, they are a chapter-by-chapter study with explanations of the most important and instructive verses in each chapter. SimeonÆs aim with this commentary is 'Instruction relative to the Composition of Sermons.' To this end, his exposition of the Scriptures is designed to maintain a focus on the more general aspects of a passage over and above possible treatments of particulars. His test for a sermon, as he teaches in Horae Homileticae, is threefold: does it humble the sinner, exalt the Saviour and promote holiness?