Check out this helpful site on tools for the study of Scripture: Best Commentaries
I’ve found that the best way for a pastor to maintain a high level of skill in biblical exegesis under the endless demands of ministry is in the tools that keep him in the languages and on the cutting edge of top level study. The commentaries listed in the link above will do this. I’m not familiar with all of them but I have most of them.
The serious-minded “lay” person (who does not know Greek) can also benefit from most of these works but it will require patience to plod through some deeper stuff. My encouragement is to take the time because the reward will be well worth it! If you work through good commentaries it will sharpen your ability to look for the right things when you study or even read Scripture.
Many years ago, I discovered D. A. Carson’s New Testament Commentary Survey in a different format. This is also very valuable for commentary selection.
I’m so grateful to God for His servants work quietly and patiently behind the scenes to produce great tools for the Church!