The purpose of this website is to encourage people to read the Bible. The comments on this website are intended to help you study the Bible personally.
Translated Comments – Upload date
On the website you will find a number of comments translated from Dutch into English. This is the case with the Bible books of which the names in the list with Bible books below are written in bold followed by the indication Final draft.
When the translation of a comment is finished, a first version will be uploaded to be read on the website. This is indicated in the list below by the name of the book of the Bible written in bold followed by the indication 1st draft.
After proofreading, this 1st draft will be replaced by the corrected version. This is, as stated above, indicated in the list below by the name of the book of the Bible written in bold followed by the indication Final draft.
Comments which are currently being translated are indicated in the list below by in progress after the name of the Bible book, which is also written in italics. Both of these and the remaining comments the Bible text of the New American Standard Bible is available.
The time required before a 1st draft of a translated comment can be uploaded depends on the time available to the translators. They do this work as far as their daily program allows. There is no deadline. The same applies to those who do the proofreading on which the uploading of the Final draft is dependent.
If you would like to help with the translation or/and proofreading of a certain Bible book, please contact me. In this case, I invite you to send an e-mail to [email protected]. I am also grateful for any message regarding language errors in the Final draft of a commentary.
The Old Testament
Genesis Final draft – Upload 16.04.2019
Exodus Final draft – Upload 04.07.2019
Leviticus Final draft – Upload 03.06.2019
Numbers Final draft – Upload 17.12.2019
Deuteronomy 1st draft – Upload 27.06.2019
Joshua Final draft – Upload 06.03.2020
Judges 1st draft – Upload 27.10.2019
Ruth Final draft – Upload 15.08.2019
1 Samuel 1st draft – Upload 04-12-2019
2 Samuel 1st draft – Upload 27-11-2019
1 Kings 1st draft – Upload 13-12-2019
2 Kings 1st draft – Upload 18-12-2019
1 Chronicles 1st draft – Upload 28-12-2019
2 Chronicles 1st draft – Upload 25-01-2020
Ezra 1st draft – Upload 27-01-2020
Nehemiah 1st draft – Upload 17-02-2020
Esther Final draft – Upload 12-03-2020
Job Final draft – Upload 10-07-2020
Psalms New American Standard Bible
Proverbs Final draft – Upload 14.11.2018
Ecclesiastes in progress New American Standard Bible
Song of Songs Final draft – Upload 01-07-2019
Isaiah New American Standard Bible
Jeremiah New American Standard Bible
Lamentations New American Standard Bible
Ezekiel New American Standard Bible
Daniel 1st draft – Upload 15.08.2019
Hosea New American Standard Bible
Joel in progress New American Standard Bible
Amos New American Standard Bible
Obadiah New American Standard Bible
Jonah 1st draft – Upload 21.07.2020
Micah New American Standard Bible
Nahum in progress New American Standard Bible
Habakkuk New American Standard Bible
Zephaniah New American Standard Bible
Haggai New American Standard Bible
Zechariah New American Standard Bible
Malachi in progress New American Standard Bible
The New Testament
Matthew Final draft – Upload 06–05–2020
Mark 1st draft – Upload 27-05-2020
Luke 1st draft – Upload 10-07-2020
John in progress New American Standard Bible
Acts New American Standard Bible
Romans Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
1 Corinthian Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
2 Corinthian Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
Galatians Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
Ephesians Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
Philippians Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
Colossians Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
1 Thessalonians Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
2 Thessalonians Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
1 Timothy Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
2 Timothy Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
Titus Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
Philemon Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
Hebrews Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
James Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
1 Peter Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
2 Peter Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
1 John Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
2 John Final draft – upload 27–06–2018
3 John Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
Jude Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
Revelation Final draft – Upload 27–06–2018
In Dutch, comments on all Bible books are available. Please click on the Dutch flag on the homepage.
On the website https://www.oudesporen.nl/artikelen.php?aut=1&l=EN the Bible commentaries and publications that have been translated into English are available and will become available, Lord willing. They can be downloaded for free as pdf, e-pub and mobi (for Amazons Kindle).
A Few Practical Tips
1. Provide yourself with a good translation of the Bible. Some good translations are the New American Standard Bible (NASB), the New King James Version (NKJV), the New Translation by J.N. Darby (JND) and the King James Version (KJV), preferably with the New Scofield word updates. I will be using the NASB, with permission granted by The Lockman Foundation on February 10, 2016 when referencing and quoting Scripture unless I note otherwise.
2. Each part starts with the Bible text, after which the explanation follows. I recommend that you also read this section in your own Bible. All colored text references in the explanation appear when clicked on the text reference. Check whether the text reference is correct. Text references containing more than 40 verses are not displayed.
3. Self-discipline is important. Read at least one chapter or piece every day. Pray to the Lord for insight. It is His Word. There will have to be a willingness to make a little effort, to do something or leave something to get to know the Bible better.
The whole Bible is a splendid book and it’s my prayer that you’ll get this impression in an increasing way.
I wish you God’s blessing!
Ger de Koning
Middelburg, Netherlands, July 2020
Explanation of General Format
Personal Pronouns are capitalized when pertaining to Deity.
Square Brackets [ ] are used in this commentary in the Bible text to indicate words which are not found in the original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek but implied by it.
Asterisks (*) are used in the New Testament to mark verbs that are historical presents in the Greek which have been translated with an English past tense in order to conform to modern usage. The translators recognized that in some contexts the present tense seems more unexpected and unjustified to the English reader than a past tense would have been. But Greek authors frequently used the present tense for the sake of heightened vividness, thereby transporting their readers in imagination to the actual scene at the time of occurrence. However, the translators felt that it would be wise to change these historical presents to English past tenses.
Most of what is passed on in the comments is not mine. I gratefully made use of the insight the Lord gave to other brothers to explain a Bible book. However, I have also made new discoveries and am therefore even more impressed by the richness of the Word of God.
I have not added a bibliography or given the names of those from whom I have received – in written or oral form – help in writing a comment. It seems clear to me that it is not possible to write a comment without the help of others. Sometimes I have made use of a comprehensive explanation, sometimes someone has made suggestions for improvement. The Lord has arranged it in His church in a way that the individual members need each other to accomplish their respective tasks. He will reward anyone who has contributed to a comment. I would simply forget someone in an enumeration, the Lord Jesus will never forget anyone.
About the Author Ger de Koning
Born in the Netherlands in 1948, born again in 1966. Sport was my passion. That it was also for some time after my conversion, until (about 1970) I saw the Lord Jesus had a right on my whole life. Since that full surrender the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God are my passion. Reading and studying God's Word carved a deep desire in me to preach and share God's Word both in teaching the believers to the edification of the church of God, with an especial care for young believers and in the preaching of the gospel to unbelievers.
This resulted in the writing of simple but not superficial exegesis of all the Bible books as well as on different Bible topics. Of them a lot are translated in other languages. Further, there are a lot of opportunities to teach the Word of God in addresses, bible readings and on conferences in the Netherlands and abroad.
The Lord has given me a wife, Willy, who is a great help to me. Without her I wouldn’t be able to do this work. We married 1975. The Lord gave us six children. By the grace of God, they all accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. They are all married, with believers who also want to serve Him. We now (2020) have nineteen grandchildren.