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About Herman of

The reasons for the differences between older Bibles like the King James Version and newer Bibles like the New International Version have fascinated me ever since my studies in Theology at the University of Pretoria in the seventies. I have great respect for scribes through the ages as well as Bible translators, so there must be good reasons for the differences. With more than 5600 Greek manuscripts and more than 19000 manuscripts of ancient translations to our disposal, the original autographs of the New Testament can be established without doubt. I investigate the reasons behind the differences and publish the facts in a post on my blogs (Afrikaans: to enable my readers to judge for themselves. Personally I love to make an informed decision based of facts. That is why I endeavor to provide that same privilege to the readers of my blogs. Since 1973 I am married to my dear wife and greatest friend, Leah Page, founder director of Act-Up Support ( a prayer ministry for families struggling with drug-, occult- and other dependencies. We are blessed with two daughters and two sons, four grand sons and two grand daughters. God is alive and omnipotent! Glory to His Name! Herman Grobler.

157 Preaching to the Spirits in Prison. 1Peter 3:19

157 Preaching to the Spirits in Prison. 1Peter 3:19 In 1 Peter 3:19 we have an important difference between some translations like the King James Version versus other translations like the English Standard Version. “For Christ also hath once suffered … Continue reading

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156 Jesus Exalted. John 3:14

Some time ago I visited a member of my congregation in hospital. He said to me: ‘Reverend, I am finished. I want to go home.” In this case, “to go home” has a double meaning. On the one side he … Continue reading

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155 Cornerstone or Capstone. Matthew 21:42

Language is an interesting field to study. Words should give expression to what we have in our minds and what we want to convey. And this is where we sometimes have trouble to bring certainty when we translate from one … Continue reading

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154 Fruit of Light, Ephesians 5:9.

In Ephesians 5:9 we find an interesting difference between the King James Version versus the New International Version, as is the case also with most modern translations. Yet it is only when we study the deeper meaning and application of … Continue reading

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153 The spirit of the Antichrist. 1 John 4:2-3

Did John caution against Gnosticism per se? The spirit of the Antichrist, 1 John 4: 2-3. Why would confessing Jesus as BORN IN THE FLESH be a standard by which to judge the spirit working within a prophet? And today? … Continue reading

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152 Without a cause, Matthew 5:22.

In the King James Version, we find a statement that is lacking in the NIV and most modern versions of the Bible. “…Without a cause…” is left out. “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother … Continue reading

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151 “Through the Spirit” left out? 1 Peter 1:22

In his first epistle, Peter calls upon his readers to take responsibility for their lives in following Jesus. In the first chapter, verse 22, we are confronted with two variations in the manuscripts. The one version is represented in the … Continue reading

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