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Weekly Torah Readings: Mikeits

admin : December 7, 2018 09:00 : Daily Word, Genesis, torah readings

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

Mikeits

At the End of Two Years

41.1. And it was at the end of two full years that Pharaoh dreamed and, behold, he stood by the river. 2. And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favored and fattened cows and they fed in a meadow. 3. And, behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ill favored and lean. And they stood by the other cows on the bank of the river. 4. And the ill favored and lean cows ate the seven well favored and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke.

41:5. And he slept and dreamed a second time and, behold, seven heads of grain came up upon one stalk, fat and good. 6. And behold, seven thin heads of grain even blasted by the east wind sprang up after them. 7. And the seven thin heads of grain devoured the seven fat and full heads of grain. Then Pharaoh awoke and, behold, it was a dream.

41:8. And it happened in the morning that his spirit was troubled and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dream, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh. 9. Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh saying, “I do remember my error this day.” 10. Pharaoh was very angry with his servants and put me in custody in the captain of the guard’s house, me and the chief baker. 11. And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he. We dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. 12. And there was there with us a young man, a Hebrew servant to the captain of the guard and we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us, to each man according to his dream he did interpret. 13. And it happened, as he interpreted to us, so it was. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him.”

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream

41:14. Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved and changed his clothes and came in to Pharaoh. 15. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have dreamed a dream and no one can interpret it, and I have heard say of you that you can understand a dream to interpret it.” 16. And Joseph answered Pharaoh saying, “It is not I! God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” 17. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river. 18. And, behold, seven cows, fat and well favored came up out of the river and they fed in a meadow. 19. Then, behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ill favored and lean-fleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness. 20. And the lean and the ill favored cows ate the first seven fat cows. 21. And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them, but they were still ill favored, as at the beginning. So I awoke. 22. Then I saw in my next dream and, behold, seven heads of grain came up in one-stalk, full and good: 23. and, behold, seven heads of grain, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprang up after them: 24. and the thin heads of grain devoured the seven good heads of grain. I told this to the magicians, but there was no one who could declare it to me.”

41:25. And Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dream of Pharaoh is one: God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. 26. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years: the dream is one. 27. And the seven thin and ill favored cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty heads of grain blasted with the east wind will be seven years of famine. 28. This is the thing that I have spoken to Pharaoh. What God showed to Pharaoh is what He is about to do. 29. Behold there are seven years of great plenty coming throughout all the land of Egypt. 30. And after them will come seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will consume the land. 31. And the plenty will not be known in the land by reason of that famine following, for it will be very severe. 32. And because of that the dream was doubled to Pharaoh twice. It is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. 33. Now therefore let Pharaoh seek a man discreet and wise and set him over the land of Egypt. 34. Let Pharaoh do this and let him appoint officers over the land and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years. 35. And let them gather all the food that comes in those good years, and lay up grain under the hand of Pharaoh and let them keep food in the cities. 36. And that food will be stored for the land against the seven years of famine which will be in the land of Egypt, so the land would not perish during the famine.”

41:37. And that was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. 38. And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” 39. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is no one so discreet and wise as you. 40. You will be over my house, and according to your word will all my people be ruled. Only in the throne will I be greater than you.”

Joseph Appointed Over Egypt

41:41. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in fine linen robes and put a gold chain around his neck. 43. And he made him ride in the second chariot which he had, and they cried before him, “Bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without you no man will lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” 45. And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zephanath-paneah, and gave him for his wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-phera, priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt. 46. And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

41:47. And in the seven plentiful years the earth brought forth by handfuls. 48. And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt and laid up the food in the cities, the food of the field which was all around every city, he laid up in the same city. 49. And Joseph gathered grain as the sand of the sea, very much, until he stopped numbering, for it was without number.

41:50. And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath the daughter of Poti-phera priest of On bore to him. 51. And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh (M’nasheh), for he said, “God has made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.” 52. And the name of the second he called Ephraim (Efrayim), “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

41:53. Then the seven years of plentifulness that were in the land of Egypt were ended. 54. And the seven years of famine began to come, according as Joseph had said, and the famine was in all lands, but there was bread in all the land of Egypt. 55. And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. Do what he says to you.” 56. And the famine was over all the face of the earth and Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, and the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. 57. And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy grain because the famine was severe in all lands.

Jacob Sends Joseph’s Brothers

42.1. Now when Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” 2. And he said, “Look, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Get down there and buy for us from there, so we can live and not die.” 3. And Joseph’s ten brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt. 4. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with his brothers for he said. “Lest perhaps disaster would befall him.”

42:5. And the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan. 6. And Joseph was the governor over the land, and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves down before him with their faces to the ground.

42:7. And Joseph saw his brothers and he recognized them, but made himself a stranger to them and spoke roughly to them. And he said to them, “Where did you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan to buy food.” 8. And Joseph knew his brothers, but they did not recognize him. 9. And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see the nakedness, vulnerability, of the land.” 10. And they said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants came to buy food. 11. We are all one man’s sons. We are honest men. Your servants are not spies.” 12. And he said to them, “No, but you came to see the nakedness of the land.” 13. And they said, “Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.” 14. And Joseph said to them, that is what I said to you saying, “You are spies. 15. Here is how you will be proved: By the life of Pharaoh you will not go forth from here until your youngest brother comes here. 16. Send one of you and let him get your brother and you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be proved, whether there is any truth in you. Or else by the life of Pharaoh surely you are spies.” 17. And he put them all together in custody for three days. 18. And on the third day Joseph said to them, “Do this and live, for I revere God. 19. If you are honest men, let one of your brothers be bound in the house of your prison. Go, carry grain for the famine of your houses, 20. but bring your youngest brother to me, so your words will be verified and you will not die.” And they did so. 21. And they said one to another, “We are truly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us and we would not listen. Therefore this distress has come upon us.” 22. And Reuben answered them saying, “Did I not tell you saying, Do not sin against the boy! But you would not listen. Therefore, behold, also his blood is required.”

42:23. And they did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter. 24. And he turned himself away from them and wept, then returned to them again and spoke with them, and took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes. 25. Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with grain, and to restore each man’s money into his sack and to give them provision for the way. And thus he did for them. 26. And they loaded their donkeys with the grain and left from there. 27. And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey feed at their lodging, he saw his money, for, behold, it was in his sack’s mouth. 28. And he said to his brothers, “My money is restored and, see, it is even in my sack.” And their heart failed them and they were afraid, saying to one another, “What is this that God has done to us?”

42:29. And they came to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan, and told him all that happened to them saying, 30. “The man who is lord of the land spoke roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country. 31. And we said to him, ‘We are honest men, we are not spies 32. We are twelve brothers, sons of our father. One is not, and the youngest is today with our father in the land of Canaan.’ 33. And the man, lord of the country, said to us, ‘Here is how I shall know that you are honest men. “Leave one of your brothers here with me and take food for the famine of your households, and leave. 34. Then bring your youngest brother to me and I shall know that you are not spies, but that you are honest men, then I shall deliver your brother to you, and you could travel in the land.’”

42:35. And it was as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. 36. And Jacob their father said to them, “You have grieved me. Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and you will take Benjamin away. All these things are against me.” 37. And Reuben spoke to his father saying, “Slay my two sons, if I do not bring him to you. Deliver him into my hand and I shall bring him to you again.” 38. And he said, “My son will not go down with you, for his brother is dead and he alone is left. If disaster befalls him by the way in which you go, then you will bring down my gray hairs to the grave in sorrow.”

Second Trip to Egypt

43.1. And the famine was severe in the land. 2. And it was, when they had eaten up the grain which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again. Buy us a little food.” 3. And Judah spoke to him saying, “The man did solemnly protest to us saying, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ 4. If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy food for you. 5. But if you will not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’” 6. And Israel said, “Why did you deal so badly with me, as to tell the man whether you had yet another brother?” 7. And they said, “The man asked us directly about us and about our relatives saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ And we told him according to the tenor of these words. How could we know for sure that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down?’” 8. And Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the lad with me and we will be up and go, so we may live and not die; we, you, and also our little ones. 9. I shall be surety for him. You will require him from my hand: if I do not bring him to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever. 10. For unless we had lingered, surely now we would have returned this second time.” 11. And their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so now, do this: take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels and carry a present down to the man, a little balsam, a little honey, spices, myrrh, nuts, and almonds. 12. And take double money in your hand and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand. Maybe it was an oversight. 13. Also take your brother and get up, go again to the man. 14. And God Almighty give compassion for you before the man, so he may send away your other brother and Benjamin. If I am grieved of my children, I am grieved.”

43:15. And the men took that present and they took double money in their hand and Benjamin, and rose up and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph. 16. And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the head of his household, “Bring these men home and slay and make ready, for these men will dine with me at noon.” 17. And the man did as Joseph bade, and the man brought the men into Joseph’s house. 18. And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph’s house and they said, “We are brought in because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time, so he may seek charges against us and fall upon us and take us for bond men and our donkeys.” 19. And they came near to the man who was over Joseph’s house, the steward, and they spoke with him at the door of the house 20. and said, “O sir, we came down indeed at the first time to buy food. 21. And it happened, when we came to the lodging place, that we opened our sacks and, behold, each man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight and we have brought it again in our hand. 22. And we have brought other money down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.” 23. And he said, “Peace be to you. Do not be in awe! Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks. I had your money.” And he brought Simeon out to them.

43:24. And the man brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water and they washed their feet, and he gave their donkeys feed. 25. And they made ready the present before Joseph came at noon, for they heard that they would dine there. 26. And when Joseph came home, they brought into the house the present for him which was in their hand, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. 27. And he asked them about their welfare and said, “Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he yet alive?” 28. And they answered, “Your servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive.” And they bowed down their heads and paid homage. 29. And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And he said, “God will be gracious to you, my son.” 30. And Joseph hurried, for his affection toward his brother was kindled and he sought to weep, then he entered his chamber and wept there. 31. And he washed his face and went out and was restraining himself and said, “Serve the meal.” 32. And they served him by himself and for them by themselves and for the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat a meal with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians. 33. And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men marvelled at one another. 34. And he took and sent portions to them from before him, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. And they drank and were merry with him.

Joseph Returns the Money Again

44.1. And he commanded the steward of his house saying, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry and put each man’s money in his sack’s mouth. 2. And put my cup, the silver cup and his grain money in the sack’s mouth of the youngest.” And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. 3. As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their donkeys. 4. When they had left the city, not far off, Joseph said to his steward, “Get up! Follow after the men and when you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you rewarded bad for good? 5. Is this not the cup from which my lord drinks, and indeed by which he divines? You have done evil in so doing.’”

Brothers Accused

44:6. And he overtook them and spoke these same words to them. 7. And they said to him, “Why does my lord say these words? Far be it from us that your servants should do according to this thing. 8. Behold, the money that we found in our sacks’ mouths, we brought to you again out of the land of Canaan. How then should we steal silver or gold out of your lord’s house? 9. With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, then we too will be my lord’s bond men.” 10. And he said, “Now also let it be according to your words: he with whom it is found will be my servant and you will be blameless.” 11. Then each man speedily took down his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack.

44:12. And he searched, beginning at the eldest and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 13. Then they tore their clothes and each man loaded his donkey and returned to the city. 14. And Judah and his brothers came to Joseph’s house, for he was still there, and they fell before him on the ground. 15. And Joseph said to them, “What deed is this that you have done? Do you not know that such a man as I can certainly divine?” 16. And Judah said, “What will we say to my lord? What will we speak? Or how will we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants. Behold, we are my lord’s servants, both we and he also with whom the cup is found.” 17. And he said, “Far be it from me that I should do so, but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he will be my servant. And as for you, go in peace to your father.”

Next week’s Torah readings: Vayigash

(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)

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Hellenists in the Book of Acts

Morford : November 6, 2018 09:10 : Articles, Blog

Hellenists Complained about the Hebrews: The word in Greek for Greek people   is Hellenists, the word used in Acts 6:1.

Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. KJV

Acts 6:1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. NIV

The NIV Study Bible says the Grecian Jews were those “born in lands other than Palestine who spoke the Greek language and were more Grecian than Hebraic in their attitudes and outlook.” The ones called Grecians were not born outside Israel. Those properly called Hellenists were born and brought up in Judea in families that had become more Greek than Jewish because they were backslidden Jews who loved the Greek culture, spoke Greek, attended the theater, the gym, and the games. It is disgraceful that the NIV editors referred to the country known as Judea at the time the Book of Acts was written, calling Judea Palestine, about eighty years before Emperor Hadrian named it Palestine. That shows the ignorance and prejudice of some of our scholars. See Hellenists in Glossary.

Acts 6:1 Now about this time, when the number of the disciples was greatly increasing, complaint was made by the Hellenists (the Greek-speaking Jews) against the [native] Hebrews because their widows were being overlooked and neglected in the daily ministration (distribution of relief). AMP

The Amplified did very well until they added native showing that the translators of the Amplified were like those who translated the NIV and did not know about the divisions of first century Israel. The Hellenists were native Israelis who loved the Greek lifestyle and were marginal Jews. They were Sadducees and included the most influential members of Israeli society, even the High Priests.

Acts 6.1. And in those days as the disciples were increasing in number there was a complaint of the Hellenists against the Hebrews, because their widows were being neglected in the daily service. ONM

The Jewish Roots of Christianity are very real. The deacons chosen in answer to the problem of service to the Hellenists were all Hellenists with Greek names.

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The Angels are With You!

Morford : August 6, 2018 09:59 : Blog

Encouraging Word from the LORD* for all of us, knowing that God does not change, he is still doing this today!

Exodus 23:20. “Behold, I AM sending an angel before you, to keep you in the Way, and to bring you into the which I have prepared. 21. Beware of him and obey his voice. Do not provoke him! For he will not pardon your transgressions, for My name is in him. 22. But if you will indeed obey his voice and do all that I speak, then I shall be an enemy to your enemies and an adver­sary to your adversaries. 23. For My angel will go before you, and bring you in to the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Canaanite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, and I will cut them off. 24. You will not bow down to their gods, serve them, or do after their works, but you will utterly overthrow them and absolutely destroy their images.

As you have new or additional assignments, you can be sure that the LORD* will send His angel before you to keep you in all your ways.

Psalm 91:9. Because you have made the LORD*, Who is my refuge, the Most High, your habitation, 10. there will no evil befall you, neither will any plague come near your dwelling. 11. For He will give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your Ways. 12. They will bear you up in the palms of their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You have Divine protection!

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The Throne of the LORD

Morford : July 9, 2018 09:29 : Blog

The Palace of the LORD* is rarely mentioned, but there is such a place. One Scripture really highlights it:

Isaiah 6.1. In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord (Adonai) sit­ting on a throne, high and lifted up, (Rev. 4:2,9; 7:10) and His train filled the palace. 2. Above Him stood the seraphim: each one had six wings, with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3. And one cried to another and said, Holy! Holy! Holy is the LORD* of Hosts! (Rev. 4:8) The whole earth is full of His glory! 4. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of the one who cried, and the house was filled with smoke. (Rev. 15:8)

Many translations translate this use of the Hebrew word Hakhol as Temple, but there is no Throne in the Temple because God sits between the cherubim on the lid of the Ark. That is in the Holy of Holies, which is a small room that only the High Priest can enter and he can only enter on the Day of Atonement. To see the LORD* on His Throne, high a lifted up, He could not be in the Holy of Holies. In Isaiah, The LORD* is sitting on His Throne; nowhere He is to be seen when He is on the Ark. He is wearing His robes, with a train that fills the palace. The word translated both Palace and Temple is Hakhol. Hakhol is used seventy-seven times, translated nine times in the KJV as palace for various kings, so Palace is not uncommon.

Ezekiel 43:4. And the Glory of the LORD* came into the House by the way of the gate that faces the east. 5. So the spirit took me up and brought me into the inner court and, behold, the Glory of the LORD* filled the House. 6. And I heard Him speaking to me out of the House and a Man stood by me. 7. And He said to me, Son of man, the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, is where I and My holy name will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. The House of Israel will no longer defile, they or their kings, by their harlotry or by the carcasses of their kings in their high places.

The LORD* has a throne, which has to be outside the Holy Place, with many verses speaking of His Throne.

Zechariah 6:9. And the word of the LORD* came to me saying, 10. Take of those of the captivity, even of the line­age of Heldai, of Tobiah, and of Jedaiah, who have come from Babylon and you come the same day and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah. 11. Then take silver and gold and make crowns and set them on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest 12. and speak to him, saying, Thus says the LORD* of Hosts say­ing, Behold the Man whose name is The Sprout, and He will grow up out of His place and He will build the Palace of the LORD* 13. Even He will build the Palace of the LORD* and He will bear the glory and will sit and rule upon His throne and He will be a priest upon His throne and the counsel of Shalom will be between them both. 14. And the crowns will be for Helem, for Tobiah, for Jedaiah and for Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the Palace of the LORD*. 15. And those who are far off will come and build in the Palace of the LORD* and you will know that the LORD* of Hosts has sent me to you. And this will be, if you will diligently obey the voice of the LORD* your God.

This passage has dual meaning, in the natural it is instruction for the rebuilding of the Temple, but the spiritual is for the Palace of the LORD*, which is to be built by the Sprout, Who is Y’shua. There is no Throne for the High Priest, so the only Throne will be for the King. Y’shua and the Father are One, so the Crown is for the LORD*, the King, the Priest upon His Throne.

Psalm 9:2. I shall praise the LORD* with my whole heart. I shall tell of all Your marvellous works.

  1. I shall be glad and rejoice in You. I shall sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
  2. When my enemies are turned back, they will fall and perish at Your presence.
  3. For You have maintained my right and my cause. You sat on the throne judging right.
  4. You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked, You have put out their name forever and ever.
  5. O you enemy, destructions are coming to an end forever, and the cities which you have de­stroyed, their memorial has per­ished with them.
  6. But the LORD* will endure forever. He has prepared His throne for judgment.
  7. And He will judge the world in righteousness, He will min­ister judgment to the people in uprightness.

Psalm 11:4. The LORD* is in His holy Temple (Hakhal), the LORD’s* throne is in heaven. His eyes watch, His eyelids try the children of men.

In Psalm 11:4 He is in His Holy Palace!

Psalm 47:9. God reigns over the nations. God sits on the throne of His holiness;

Psalm 89:15. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne: loving kindness and truth will go before Your presence.

Psalm 93:1. The LORD* reigns! He is clothed with majesty! The LORD* is clothed with strength, with which He has girded Himself! The world also is established, so it cannot be moved.

  1. Your throne is established of old: You are from everlasting.
  2. The rivers have lifted up, LORD*, the rivers have lifted up their voice; the rivers lift up their waves.
  3. The LORD* on high is mightier than the sounds of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
  4. Your testimonies are very sure. Holiness becomes Your House, LORD*, forever.

Psalm 103:18. To such as keep His covenant and to those who remember to do His commandments 19. the LORD* has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.

2 Chronicles 18:18. Again he said, Therefore listen to the word of the LORD*! I saw the LORD* sitting upon His throne and all the host of heaven standing on His right hand and His left. (Rev. 4:2,9; 7:10; 18:18) 19. And the LORD* said, Who will entice Ahab king of Israel, so he will go up and fall at Ramoth-Gilead? And one spoke saying after this manner and another saying after that manner. 20. Then a spirit came out and stood before the LORD* and said, I shall entice him. And the LORD* said to him, How? 21. And he said, I shall go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.

Matthew 5:33. Again you heard that it was said to the ancients, ‘You will not swear .falsely, (Num. 30:3) and you will keep your oaths to the Lord.’ (Deut. 23:22) 34. But I say to you not to swear at all: neither by heaven, because it is the throne of God, 35. nor by the Earth, because it is His footstool, nor by Jerusalem, because it is a city of the great King, 36. nor by your head may you swear, because you are not able to make one hair white or black.

Revelation 4:9. And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanksgiving to the One Who sits on the throne,

Revelation 19:4. Then the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell and worshipped God, the One Who sits upon the throne,

Revelation 20:11. Then I saw a great white throne and the One Who sits upon it, from Whose presence the earth (Ps. 114:3,7) and the sky fled and a place was not found for them. 12. Then I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. And scrolls were opened, and another scroll was opened, which is of life, (Exod. 32:32,33, Ps. 69:29, Dan. 12:1) and the dead were judged according to their deeds, (Isa. 59:18, Jer. 17:10, Ps. 28:4; 62:13, Pro. 24:12, Rom. 2:6, 1 Cor. 3:8) by what had been written in the scrolls. (Dan. 7:9,10) 13. Then the sea gave up the dead that were in it and Death and Hades gave up the dead, those in them, and each was judged according to his works. 14. Then Death and Hades were thrown violently into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15. And if someone was not found written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the lake of fire. (Isa. 30:33)

Revelation 21:5. Then the One Who sits on the throne said, “Behold I am making all things new,” then He said, “You must now write, because these words are faithful and true.” 6. Then He said to me, “It has been done! I AM the Alef and the Tav, the Beginning and the End. (Isa. 44:6; 48:12) I shall give freely from the fountain of the water of life to the one who thirsts. (Isa. 55:1) 7. The one who conquers will inherit these things and I shall be God to him and he will be a son to Me. (2 Sam. 7:14) 8. But for the cowardly, those of little faith, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all the liars – their part is in the lake that burns fire and sulfur, (Isa. 30:33, Gen. 19:24, Ezek. 38:22, Ps. 11:6) this is the second death.”

Revelation 22.1. Then the angel showed me a river of water of life, Torah, bright as crystal, going out from the throne of God and the Lamb. (Ezek. 47:1, Jl. 3:18, Zech. 14:8) 2. In the middle of its street, also on each side of the river, is a tree of life making twelve fruit, yielding its fruit each month, and the leaves of the tree are used for the healing of the multitudes. (Gen. 2:9; 3:22, Ezek. 47:12) 3. And there will no longer be anything there that is cursed. And the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will serve Him 4. and they will see His face, (Ps. 17:15; 42:2) and His name will be upon their foreheads.

The Throne will be for both God and the Lamb, so when Y’shua said “the Father and I are One” you know that is true. See John 10:30, Deuteronomy 6:4.

All these Scriptures and many more establish that the LORD* has a Throne and that many will see Him on the Throne, which is in His palace, not in the Holy of Holies. The Palace of the LORD* is probably similar to Solomon’s Palace which had a Hall for Judgment:

1 Kings 7:7. Then he made a hall for the throne where he could judge, the hall of judgment, and it was covered with cedar from one side of the floor to the other.

The Palace of the LORD* also has a Hall for Judging, with the Throne occupied by both God and the Lamb.

 

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Heroines of the Bible: Widow of Zaraphath

admin : June 28, 2018 17:34 : Blog, Heroines of the Bible

The Widow of Zarephath was a woman who had to know for sure that she had heard from God.

Widow of Zaraphath

Widow of Zaraphath

1 Kings 17:8. And the word of the LORD* came to him saying, 9. Get up! Go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon and stay there. Behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain you. 10. So he got up and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the entrance of the city, behold, a widow woman was there gathering sticks and he called to her and said, Bring me, I pray you, a little water in a vessel, so I can drink. 11. And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, Bring me, please, a morsel of bread in your hand. 12. And she said, As the LORD* your God lives, I do not have a cake, but a handful of meal in a jar and a little oil in a cruse and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, so I can go in and prepare it for me and my son, so we can eat it and die.

Here is where she must be confident that she heard the LORD*!

1 Kings 17:13. And Elijah said to her, Do not be in awe! Go! Do as you have said, but make me a little cake of it first and bring it to me and afterward make for yourself and for your son, 14. for thus says the LORD* God of Israel, The jar of meal will not empty, neither will the cruse of oil fail, until the day the LORD* sends rain upon the earth. 15. And she went and did according to the word of Elijah and she and he and her house ate for many days. 16. The jar of meal did not empty nor did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD*, which He spoke through Elijah.

Then something happens that makes her question if she was to really supposed to sustain Elijah.

1 Kings 17:17. And it was after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 18. And she said to Elijah, What have I to do with you, O you man of God? Have you come to me to call my iniquity to remembrance and to slay my son? 19. And he said to her, Give me your son. And he took him from her bosom, and carried him up into a loft where he stayed, and laid him on his own bed. 20. And he cried to the LORD* and said, LORD* my God, have You also brought evils upon the widow with whom I am staying by slaying her son? 21. And he stretched himself upon the boy three times and cried to the LORD*, and said, LORD* my God, I pray you, let this boy’s life come into him again. 22. And the LORD* heard the voice of Elijah and the life of the boy came into him again and he revived. 23. And Elijah took the boy, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother and Elijah said, See, your son lives. 24. And the woman said to Elijah, Now, by this I know that you are a man of God, that the word of the LORD* in your mouth is truth.

The widow is at last firmly confident that she did what the LORD* wanted her to do. She is a Heroine for her obedience.


 

Enjoy the excellent video below that depicts The Widow of Zaraphath’s faithfulness:

 

Video credit: Alisa Anglesey

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Heroines of the Bible: Deborah

admin : June 14, 2018 14:39 : Blog, Heroines of the Bible

Heroine of the Bible: Deborah

Heroine of the Bible: Deborah

Deborah became a Heroine as the Judge over Israel when she ordered Barak to form an army and fight the army of Jabin’s general Sisera.

Judges 4:4. And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidot, judged Israel at that time. 5. And she lived under the date palm of Deborah between Ramah and Beit-El in Mount Ephraim, and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6. And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh Naphtali and said to him, Has not the LORD* God of Israel commanded, Go and draw toward Mount Tabor and take with you ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? 7. And I shall draw to you Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude to the river Kishon, and I shall deliver him into your hand. 8. And Barak said to her, If you will go with me, then I shall go, but if you will not go with me, I shall not go. 9. And she said, I shall surely go with you, but the journey that you take will not be for your glory, for the LORD* will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.

That woman was Jael, with Deborah’s prophecy right on.

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Heroines of the Bible: Leah

admin : June 7, 2018 16:51 : Blog, Heroines of the Bible

Leah, Jacob’s first wife.

Leah became the wife of Jacob knowing she would be the lesser of his two wives, but her humility and quiet love brought her the blessing of six sons and a daughter. She also became much loved by Jacob and is buried beside Jacob in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. When Jacob and his family left to return to Israel, both Leah and Rachel were consulted by Jacob about going to Israel.

Genesis 31:11. And the angel of God spoke to me in a dream, ‘Jacob!’ And I said, ‘Here I am.’ 12. And he said, ‘Lift up your eyes and see, all the rams which leap upon the flock are ring-streaked, speckled, and spotted, for I have seen all that Laban does to you. 13. I AM the God of Beit-El, where you anointed the pillar, where you vowed a vow to Me. Now arise! Get out from this land! Return to the land of your kindred!’” 14. And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, “Is there still any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house? 15. Are we not counted by him as strangers? For he has sold us and has also quite devoured our money. 16. For all the riches which God has taken from our father, that is ours, and our children’s: now then, whatever God has said to you, do.”

Leah’s humility and acceptance of a difficult situation brought her respect and honor as a Heroine in Israel. Today in an Orthodox Jewish home in Friday evening Shabbat Prayers, the father prays over each girl, saying, May God make you as Sarah, Rebeccah, Rachel, and Leah.

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Heroines of the Bible: Rebeccah

admin : May 31, 2018 16:57 : Blog, Heroines of the Bible

Rebeccah respected the Word of the Lord when He told her there were twins in her womb. The LORD* then went on to say the elder, Esau, would serve the younger, Jacob. That prompted her to coax Jacob to imitate Esau. Rebeccah waited twenty years after marrying Isaac to have these babies.

Genesis 20:20. And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebeccah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister of Laban the Syrian. 21. And Isaac entreated the LORD* for his wife, because she was barren, and the LORD* was entreated by him and Rebeccah his wife conceived. 22. And the children struggled together within her and she said, “If it is so, why am I like this?” And she went to inquire of the LORD*. 23. And the LORD* said to her, “Two nations are in your womb and two kinds of people will be separated from your body, and the one people will be stronger than the other people and the elder will serve the younger.”

They were married twenty years when Isaac prayed for Rebeccah to get pregnant, so he was sixty years old when she became pregnant. Rebecca was a heroine because of her going to get married, traveling a great distance to marry a man she did not know, showing a very trusting heart, then waiting so long for children. When the boys were over seventy years old she overheard Isaac telling Esau that he would give Esau his blessing when Esau would bring him some venison.

Genesis 27.1. And it was that when Isaac was old and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son and said to him, “My son.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” 2. And he said, “Behold now, I am old, I do not know the day of my death. 3. Now take, I beg you, your weapons, your quiver and your bow and go out to the field and take me some venison. 4. And make me savory meat, such as I love and bring it to me, so I can eat, so I can bless you before I die.” 5. But Rebeccah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison and to bring it.

Genesis 27:6. And Rebeccah spoke to Jacob her son saying, “Behold, I heard your father speak to Esau your brother saying, 7. ‘Bring me venison and make me savory meat, so I may eat and bless you before the LORD* before my death.’ 8. So now, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you. 9. Go now to the flock and fetch me from there two good kids of the goats, and I shall make savory meat for your father, such as he loves. 10. And you will bring it to your father, so he may eat and so he can bless you before his death.”

Remembering the LORD*’s statement to her that the elder would serve the younger, Rebeccah engineered the deception of Isaac so Jacob would get Isaac’s blessing. That made Rebeccah a true Heroine.

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Do Not Bring any Abominable Thing into Your Home

Morford : May 19, 2018 09:53 : Blog

Do Not Bring an Abominable Thing into Your Home!

Deuteronomy 7:26. Neither will you bring an abomination into your house, lest you become a cursed thing like it, but you will utterly detest it and you will utterly abhor it, for it is a cursed thing.

There are many objects we can have in our houses that should not be there, from the obvious such as small images of Buddhas or Hindu gods or symbols that look cute or artistic that have been gathered on overseas trips. There are many posters from musical groups or movies, and many books that bring evil spirits with them. Even watching TV or Streaming can bring in evil spirits, so be careful!

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Heroines of the Bible: Sarah

admin : April 19, 2018 16:06 : Blog, Heroines of the Bible

Genesis 17:15. And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you will not call her name Sarai, but her name will be Sarah.1 16. And I shall bless her and give you a son also from her. Yes, I will bless her and she will be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will be of her.”

Sarai/Sarah, Moses' wife

Sarai/Sarah, Moses’ wife

Sarai/Sarah had quite some life, traveling into the unknown, struggling with being barren, but having promises from God that she would have a son. For years she lived as Sarai, meaning Abram’s princess. When Abram’s name was changed to Abraham in Genesis 17:5, the LORD also changed Sarai from being his Princess to Sarah, making her a full princess, no longer a possession of Abraham (Genesis 17:15). She put up with twice being taken into the harem of a king, once with pharaoh, and then later with Abimelech.

 

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  1. I’m interested in the One New Man Bible Companion Vol. II: Commentary & Articles (Paperback), and I was wondering if you offer a discount code for this. Money is tight, but I’d love to have this with my One New Man Bible.
    I have learned if you don’t even ask, or give others the chance to help, you don’t know.
    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    God Bless.

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  2. Please give information on how I can receive your Bible called Revealing Jewish Roots and Power. You sent me this Bible years ago and I would like to receive another one for family member.

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    • Hi Betsy,

      Thank you for writing. We are happy to have this request. Please call 864-836-4111.

      Blessings, Bill

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  3. Why in Acts 8:16, is the Holy Spirit translated as it, and not He. We believers know that He is the Spirit of the Lord. He is the one who gives us power.

    Thanks,
    Jim Z

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    • Hi James,

      Acts 8:16 is one of the few verse from the Greek text that tradition kept the original Greek pronoun.

      Blessings, Bill

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    • Hi James,

      Acts 8:16 was translated from the Greek text, which is neuter. and tradition has kept it there. Other passages were translated from Latin, with masculine pronouns and tradition has kept them in the translations.

      Blessings, Bill

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  4. Dear Mr. Morford,

    Thanks so much for your efforts, and for your incredible patience when answering questions.

    Regarding John 15:2, if the word translated “removes” in your version and “taketh away” in the KJV is indeed the Greek word “airo”, would it not more consistently exemplify the patience and love of the Father by being translated “lifts up” as it is elsewhere in the NT? I have heard that in a real vineyard vines laying on the ground will not bear and are raised up in order to produce fruit.

    Thanks,

    Carl

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  5. Good day:

    I was studying the Lamentation book and understand there was 66 verses in chapter 3 but notice in the ONM bible, after 3:65 next verse was 3:67. Not sure if this is done on purpose if there is error in numbering ?

    Junnie
    Singapore

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    • Hi Junnie,

      Thank you for writing. You found a typo; there is no verse 67, so that should be verse 66. No words are missing.

      Blessings, Bill

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  6. Got in trouble with my Bible Teacher, who knows Greek, Hebrew, & Aramaic when I mentioned Tabitha and the prayer shawl. He claims all original document do not use prayer shawl but rather (Talitha cumi”; which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” ) He point out also the rendition in Luke that was in conflict with your proposed explanation. I let him read the passages in your One New Man Bible and the notes on prayer shawl in your glossary, and it did not change his mind at all. What do I say to him now. You should have been consistent in notes to all mentions of Tabitha. I got egg on my face. Help

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    • Hi Archie,

      Thank you for writing. There is no point in arguing with someone whose mind is already made up. I am convinced the One New Man Bible explanation is correct. For one thing if he knows Aramaic, he also knows that Talitha is a very poor transliteration of Talyetha, but an acceptable transliteration of Talit.

      Blessings, Bill

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  7. Hi to every body, it’s my first pay a visit of this webpage; this weblog consists of remarkable and in fact excellent
    material in support of readers.

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    • Thank you. We are pleased you like this site.

      Blessings, Bill

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    • Studying Numbers, I discovered Numbers 16 does not go to verse 50 as do other translations? What’s the deal?

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      • Hi Vivian,

        The reason is the verse numbering in the One New Man Bible is from the Masoretic Hebrew text, while most Christian bibles use the numbers from the Greek or Latin text. All the verses are there, so just read on into chapter 17:1-9. See Chapter and Verse Numbers in Glossary.

        Blessings, Bill

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        • God bless you. Thanks so much. I’m in Bible Study Fellowship International and I’m so thankful for your translation – only recently came to appreciate our Jewish Roots – am a former member of The Children of God cult where David Berg leaned toward The Replacement Theory.

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          • Hi Vivian,

            Thank you for writing. The truth of our Jewish heritage really is enlightening and heart-warming.

            Blessings, Bill

  8. Hi! I have read and watched at youtube of sidroth program… i have learned about this one new man bible… i live in the philippines but seems to have difficulty to buy one coz its not available here. What we have NAB, NJB, KJB, NIV, etc but not one new man bible. I love to read scripture that is faithful to the original manuscripts and what it actually written. How could i purchase? Thanks.

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    • Hi Jabong,

      One possible way is to get the E-book and read that in your copmuter, but your request is being sent to the publisher who might know how to get the print copy in the PI.

      Blessings, Bill

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  9. Greetings,

    How come Ezekiel 28:13 and so on is totally different from other translations? The others read “you were” etc. Your translation says “have you been in Eden…?”…

    God Bless, Benjamin

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    • Hi Ben,

      That whole verse is a series of questions.

      Blessings,

      Bill

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      • hi Bill, im eager to find out the translation of Isa. 43:5.
        THANKS BLESSINGS

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        • Hi Crystal,

          “Do not be in awe! For I AM with you. I shall bring your seed from the east and gather you from the west.”

          Blessings, Bill

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  10. Thank you for your labor of love in this better translation of Yehovas word to us.
    I was so looking forward to having it in my hand and reading it with more understanding because it is a better translation. I am disapointed only that the wonderful name of our God is not spelled out for us. God after all does not say much since it is used for all idols too. So I pray that you will soon put into a revision of this precious Holy Bible the matchless name with an explanation of the meaning of the Name. With love and appreciation, Heidi

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    • Hi Heidi,

      Thank you for your comments. A partial answer to your request is in the Preface, for more, time will tell.

      Blessings, Bill

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  11. Hi Dr. Morford,

    Is the One New Man Bible more accurate than the New American Standard Bible & the Conplete Jewish Bible?

    Note: This is a relative question, however, a general answer can be provided.

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    • Please disregard a repeat of the question.

      Thanks for your response.

      —Mark

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  12. Hi Dr. Morford,

    Generally, in comparsion, which Bible version is the most accurate to date, the New American Standard Bible or the Complete Jewish Bible or the One New Man Bible?

    Note: This is a relative question, however, “in general” which is the most accurate version overalll?

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    • Hi,

      Easily, the One New Man Bible is the most accurate, mainly because of Rabbi Ben-Yehuda’s work. He has noted Hebrew words that have rarely been translated properly. These include Ts’dakah, Anochi, Yare, Tevah, and others. As the grandson of the restorer of the Hebrew language, Rabbi Ben-Yehuda PhD, is an amazing scholar who rendered numerous difficult passages.

      Blessings, Bill

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  13. In Isaiah 55:1 The First Word Is “Ho” is this a misprint. Should it be “Go”.Page #605

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    • Hi Dave,

      Thanks for asking. Ho is correct, an interjection.

      Blessings, Bill

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  14. Dear Mr. Morford,
    I appreciate the One New Man Bible and its Hebrew understanding. Can you bring any clarity on Prov. 8 for me? Is wisdom referring to the Holy Spirit?
    Thanks,
    June

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    • Hi June,

      This is a very good question and relates to Book Order in the Glossary. The proverb definitely speaks to us about the Holy Spirit all the way through the chapter. To Solomon most of the chapter, if not the whole chapter, was intellectual, human wisdom.

      Blessings, Bill

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  15. Shalom to you,
    Thank you for your work, I will probably buy The One New Man Bible because it seem to me that it is translation of precision. But why do you use in Lord’s prayer words: You must…
    I hope that it will be blessing to me and my neighbours

    Shalom aleichem

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    • Hi David,

      Thank you for buying the One New Man Bible.

      The word must in the Lord’s Prayer is there because that is what is written the Greek text. When your bible arrives, check the Glossary titled “Lord’s Prayer.”

      Blessings, Bill

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  16. I am writing to ask permission to use some scriptures from your NEW MAN BIBLE. Of course, reference it properly. I love and use it as my daily bible. Thank you
    Cindy Christensen
    Greeley CO
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    • Hi Cindy,

      The policy on quoting, set by the publisher, is on the back of the title page. If you will be quoting more than 500 words you should email the publisher at info@tppress.com for peermission, less than that with referencing does not need permission.

      Blessings, Bill.

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  17. Mr Morford is matthew 5:17 a paraphrase its way longer than the normal verse and u didnt place it in italic

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    • Hi Hosea,

      There are eight words italicized in Matt. 5:17, but other that it is literal.

      Blessings, Bill

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  18. Were the people you studied under Christian? If not, they would have lied to you. That is why apostate bibles exist. Either tainted scrolls or teachers corrupt God’s word. No non Christian should be trusted, unless God is using him or her. I will not stress it enough the KJV does not deviate from the originals.

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    • Hi April,

      All were Christian except Rabbi Ben-Yehuda, who is Jewish and knows Hebrew better than other translators. He was born and brought up in Israel where his grandfather’s life work was writing the Hebrew dictionary that is the most complete in existance. His father actually completed the four volumes of the sixteen the the grandfather had not completed. My quest is for Truth, not tradition, and finding the correct translations of the Hebrew is absolutely essential for understanding Scripture. Because of Rabbi’s help, the One New Man Bible is more accurate than any other English translation.

      Blessings, Bill

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  19. Hello, brother Morford

    I’m quite interested to know why you choose to use the Masoretic texts as your base for translating the old testament. The new testament texts almost always quote from the Greek Septuagent solely, which was translated from much earlier sources (200 BC) than the earliest existing masoretic texts from from approxomatelythe 9th Century AD. An example of a slight but PROFOUND corruption would be found in Psalms 40:7-9 in relation to Hebrews 10:5-7. As a direct quote from the Septuagent, Hebrews reads:

    “On account of which, when He came into the world He said, ‘You did not want sacrifices or burnt offerings, BUT YOU DID MAKE READY A BODY FOR ME: and you did not take pleasure in a whole of burnt offering on behalf of sin. Then I said, Behold! I come, in the roll of a scroll which has been written about me, to do Your will, O God.'”
    (Hebrew 10:5-7 // ONM Translation)

    C. L. Brenton’s translation of the Septuagent follows the reading in Hebews:

    “Sacrifice and Offering Thou woldest not; BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME: whole-burnt-offering and sacrifice for sin Thou didst not require. Then I said, Behold! I come; in a volume of the book it is written concerning me, I desired to do Thy will, O my God…”
    (Psalms 40:6-8 // C. L. Brenton: Septuagent)

    The ONM translation dirived from the masoretic text reads:

    “You did not desire sacrifice or offering. YOU HAVE OPENED MY EARS: You have not required burnt offering and sin offering…”
    (Psalms 40:7 // ONM Translation)

    Other slight changes like this can be found all throughout the Masoretic texts, all one has to do is do a little research. And many if the changes are in direct opposition to Messiah. I would like to think that God’s own people wouldn’t do such a thing, but, through research, it seems as though they have…

    A quick study will prove that the Masorites had altered many verses in reference to our beloved messiah, as well as prophecies… I would hope you investigate these claims… We all want the purest form of Gods word.

    BUT, on a lighter note, thank you so much for the awesome translation of God’s Word and all the precious time spent bringing out our Hebrew Roots!

    Shalom,
    William

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    • See the answer below.

      Blessings, Bill

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  20. Hello, brother Morford

    I’m quite interested to know why you choose to use the Masoretic texts as your base for translating the old testament. The new testament texts almost always quote from the Greek Septuagent solely, which was translated from much earlier sources (200 BC) than the earliest existing masoretic texts from from approxomatelythe 9th Century AD. An example of a slight but PROFOUND corruption would be found in Psalms 40:7-9 in relation to Hebrews 10:5-7. As a direct quote from the Septuagent, Hebrews reads:

    “On account of which, when He came into the world He said, ‘You did not want sacrifices or burnt offerings, BUT YOU DID MAKE READY A BODY FOR ME: and you did not take pleasure in a whole of burnt offering on behalf of sin. Then I said, Behold! I come, in the roll of a scroll which has been written about me, to do Your will, O God.'”
    (Hebrew 10:5-7 // ONM Translation)

    C. L. Brenton’s translation of the Septuagent follows the reading in Hebews:

    “Sacrifice and Offering Thou woldest not; BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME: whole-burnt-offering and sacrifice for sin Thou didst not require. Then I said, Behold! I come; in a volume of the book it is written concerning me, I desired to do Thy will, O my God…”
    (Psalms 40:6-8 // C. L. Brenton: Septuagent)

    The ONM translation dirived from the masoretic text reads:

    “You did not desire sacrifice or offering. YOU HAVE OPENED MY EARS: You have not required burnt offering and sin offering…”
    (Psalms 40:7 // ONM Translation)

    Other slight changes like this can be found all throughout the Masoretic texts, all one has to do is do a little research. And many if the changes are in direct opposition to Messiah. I would like to think that God’s own people wouldn’t do such a thing, but, through research, it seems as though they have…

    A quick study will prove that the Masorites had altered many verses in reference to our beloved messiah, as well as prophecies… I would hope you investigate these claims… We all want the purest form of Gods word.

    BUT, on a lighter note, thank you so much for the awesome translation of God’s Word and all the precious time spent bringing out our Hebrew Roots!

    Shalom,
    William

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    • Hi William,

      This a good question, one that is also easy to answer. The Masoretic Text is the oldest complete Hebrew text we have, a text that has been held to the hightest standards by the scribes who copied it down through the centuries. The scribe counted each use of each letter on each line as he copied, checking to verify the correct order of each use. If the scribe made a mistake on the last letter of the last line (or any line) the scroll was destroyed although the scribed may have worked on it for many months. The oldest Masortic scroll still in existance is from the 9th century. This is the best Hebrew text available.

      Blessings, Bill

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      • I do realize the Masoretic text is the earliest Hebrew text available, but scripture found among the dead sea scrolls match up closer with the Septuagint (200 BC) than with the Masoretic text (900 AD). How can the text be trusted if our new Testament, written in Greek, contains passages taken directly from the Septuagint that are in opposition to the (acclaimed un-altered) Masoretic text? Can the Masoretic be wholly trusted? I’m curious, did you use both the Septuagint and Masoretic texts while translting the Old Testament, or simply the Masoretic texts? If we assign ourselves the position that the Masoretic texts are unblemished, as the Mesoretes claim, we must in turn deny our New testament, because it uses the (“flawed”) Septuagint, seeing as it derives doctrine and prophecy from versus that are not found in the Masoretic texts, or have seem to have been altered. In your eyes, which text holds a more accurate and ancient depiction of God’s word? How can one hav both the septuagint, and also at the same time, look to the masoretic texts? The Mesoretes see the Septuagint as a great sin, as a completely flawed scripture. How can we, as Followers of Messiah, accept their claim? If we do, we in turn deny the New testament revelation of God to Mankind… I could never do this. Where’s the middle ground, if there is any?

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        • Hi,

          The Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest Hebrew scrolls, but are not the complete Hebrew Bible.

          Blessings, Bill

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          • Ok , I know that, but are they not more ancient than the Masoretic texts? Could you please answer my other questons pleas, the questions regarding the differences seen in NT greek references to the Septuagint compared to the Masoretic text?
            How can such a high view of the Masoretic text not cause us to reject our New Testament, seeing as it referencs veres in the LXX
            that are not in the acclaimed “Un-altered” Masoretic Texts. A full explanation would be much appreciated.

            Thanks

          • Hi,

            The dead Sea Scrolls are older than the Masoretic Text, but they are not complete and are not readily available. The Masoretic Text dates from about the 3rd century or earlier, though there are no copies from those years, but the Masoretes were very accurate in their copying, so that the differences from the Dead Sea Scrolls are few and not extensive.

            Regarding Septuagint reverences in the New Testament Greek, those are few and far between. Some of those quotes claimed to be Septuagint are not. See Memorization in Glossary.

            Blessings, Bill

  21. Mr Morford can you give me hte list of books with chapter and verse differences compared with the other english bible? ill need that list so that I can use the one new man bible for bible study effectively

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    • Hi Hosea,

      It is easy to understand your desire to know the differences, but there are so many that compiling the list would be a daunting task. Very often the tense and mood of the verb is incorrect in tranditional translations and many words are not translated literally, but traditionally. An example is the Priestly Blessing, which is “The LORD will bless you,” not “May the LORD bless you.” Every verb in that is future and the last verse is “The LORD will lift His countenance to you and establish in Shalom.” It is not to give you peace. There are more than 4,300 footnotes and a 137 page Glossary.

      Blessings, Bill

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      • Mr Morford ,im sorry that list that I was asking is the difference in masoretic verse and chapter numbering system, and if possible the difference between masoretic rendering and dead sea scrolls, which I hope will be in your footnotes someday, example (matthew 12:21 And heathens will hope in His name) which is in isaiah 42:4(the isles will wait for His instruction) ,psalms 22 “like a lion” and etc, and so many other verses that clouded the prophecy of yeshua the messiah

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        • Mr Morford your translation is the best for me, but im in the philippines, we use our christian bibles ,with its verse and chapter divisions, im not asking you to change the numbering on the masoretic text, u can send me the list of the books with different chapters and verse numbering so that I can write it down and mark it on the onm bible.

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        • Hi Hosea,

          This too would be daunting task, to go through one traditional Christian translation side by side with the One New Man Bible comparing verse and chapter numbers. The biggest number of differences are Psalms, where the Hebrew uses the preamble as the first verse. Malachi has no 4th chapter in Hebrew, just extending the 3rd chapter. Joel has some changes and there are a few scattered differences, but finding them would be a lot of work.

          Blessings, Bill

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          • ok thanks! ill just use David Stern’s Complete Jewish bible, to seek out the differences cause He places parenthesis to compare the verses with traditional Christian bibles, im not going to compare you to Him but He really gave the time and effort to do that for the convenience of all.

            God bless you!

  22. Hi Mr Morford! why is it that matthew 28 verse 17 says they pay homage but (they) and not (some) of them only who doubted, and verse 19 parts were omitted

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    • Hi Hosea,

      Thank you for asking. The Greek text of verse 17 has ‘they doubted’, not ‘some doubted’. The words missing from verse 19 are explained in the Glossary article, Matthew 28:19.

      Blessings, Bill

      Reply
  23. Hi Mr. Morford, how can u tell if nomos is translated as torah or legalism or law, does it have a definite article in greek? or just by context?

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    • Hi Hosea,

      The translation of Nomos, meaning “that which has been established” is by context. Do not forget tradition as one of the meanings.

      Blessings, Bill

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      • Thanks Mr.Morford!

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  24. Helo, Mr. Morford

    I really enjoyed your section in the glossary titled, “God Incarnate.” God has been revealing similar things to me lately and it has troubled me because many say unless one believes in the doctrine of the trinity, one cant be saved. I was curious, from your studies of the Greek, do you see the “Word/Logos” in John 1:1 as being seperate from the father or the faher himself? Do you believe the scriptures point to a pre-incarnate Son of Man/Son of God? Do you believe the father is incarnate in Y’shua? You’re insight would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Shalom

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    • Hi Wayne,

      Relating the Trinity to salvation, look at Acts 3:19. “Therefore you must immediately repent and you must return to God at once for your sins to be wiped out..” Repentance and turning to God, to Y’shua, is the key, man’s doctrines not withstanding. Logos becomes a mute point when you read John 17:20. “I do not ask concerning them only, but also concerning those who believe in Me because of the disciples’ message, 21. so that all would be one, just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also would be in Us, so that the world would believe that You sent Me. 22. And I have given them the glory which You have given to Me, so that they would be one just as We are One: 23. I in them and You in Me, so that they would have been brought into unity, so that the world would know that You sent Me and You loved them just as You loved Me.” Your other questions are answered in the Glossary article.

      Blessings, Bill

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      • Thankyou Very much for the quick reply!

        I also was intriged by this article and thought that you may be interested in reading it. It is very VERY interesting. It seems as though there are some amazing doctrinal implications of the Eastern Peshitta’s Aramaic. Things that prove Y’shua is Yahweh in the Flesh! Found Below:

        http://aramaicnttruth.org/downloads/outside/9_Doctrines.pdf

        The article above states:

        “While the Greek says “logos”, “the Word”, the Aramaic says “Miltha”. Miltha is one of those words that are best left untranslated, as it has no equivalent in English. Some of its possible meanings include “Word”, “substance” or “manifestation”. The latter reading would seem to support the theory of the Oneness believers, as a manifestation can be “separate” and “same”, simultaneously.”

        I’d love to see a translation of the Eastern Aramaic Pashitta (Not the PashittO_ which I’m sure you know was translated from the greek into the Aramaic.) This article shows that Aramaic words were mistranslated into the greek due to the absence of vowels and (most likely) lack of knowledge or mistakes by translators…

        Heres a list of contradictions cleared up in the Eastern Peshitta (Not Western PeshittO):

        http://aramaicnttruth.org/downloads/outside/8_Contradictions.pdf

        Heres an in depth explanation of why the Eastern Peshitta is thought to predate the Greek translations:

        http://aramaicnttruth.org/downloads/Peshitta%20Matthew%20and%20the%20Gowra%20Scenario.pdf

        Eastern Peshitta seems to retain idioms, Poetry, and it even clears up issues with the greek text, such as the shortened geneology found in in Matthew (Where in the greek there are only 13 generations mentioned, and in the Eastern Peshita, all generations are accounted for.)

        I dont know if you’ve researched this at all. I would highly suggest the read. It is very interesting. I havent found one trustworthy english translation of the Eastrn Peshitta yet. I would love to see you work on a translation of the Eastern Peshitta.

        Well, I hope you find the info at these links interesting. I’d like to know your opinion as well.

        God Bless You, Brother Milford

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        • Hi Wayne,

          Thank you for your comments and for this lengthy explanation of the Peshitta. However, I disagree with that conclusion. The synoptic Gospels were almost certainly written in Hebrew, then quickly translated into Greek to reach the Roman Empire outside Israel. There really is no evidence that any of the New Testament was originally written in Aramaic. The oldest Peshitta did not have the books of 2 Peter, 2 & 3 John, Jude, and Revelation, so if the Eastern Peshitta has those books it is not original. The Peshitta was written in Syriac, not Aramaic. There is also and Old Syriac, which was probably translated from the Greek by 200 BC, but it contained only the Gospels. The website you recommended is interesting, but obviously did not change my mind, no matter how good the Aramaic text is. There is also a supposedly original Hebrew book of Matthew that many like because of the very good Hebrew and Hebraic idioms, but that contains verses and other passages that are known to have been added in the fifth century, so it cannot be original. So far, the Greek New Testament is best we have.

          Blessings, Bill

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  25. could it be possible that you can translate and replace the word hell to sheol in the old testament?

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    • Hi Hosea,

      Yes! The word most commonly translated ‘hell’ is sheol, so simply not translating sheol would work for you.

      Blessings, Bill

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  26. Mr. Morford will the update to the kindle version be this year? is it soon?

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  27. Mr. Morford in Luke 2 where it says inn should be translated “guest room”

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    • Hi Ivan,

      The Greek text has “katalumati” which means inn or lodging place. Guest room is not an appropriate translation.

      Blessings, Bill

      Reply
      • Ok anyways base on what ive known is “pandocheion” means inn and “katalumati” means guest chamber or guest room, im studying the manners and customs of the bible so guest room would be appropriate ,anyways its ok lets continue to keep the tradition that we know hehe

        God bless!

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        • Ivan, there are a number of word books that are not accurate, so be careful to use only lexicons that have high approval, like New Thayer and Bauer, Arndt & Gingrich.

          Blessings, Bill

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          • ahh ok ,anyways hopefully the kindle version will be fix soon, bec I use ur bible for in depth study, its one of a kind, and also it retains the original words like “Gird your loins ” and etc while most bibles today ,chose to interpret the meaning, I like to interpret it myself through the ancient eastern mind, and the bible simply comes alive!

            God Bless!

          • Mr Morford , the word “fan” is misleading, “winnow” is the proper word , they use winnowing forks in those times, its important that we understand the manners, culture, customs of the bible to interpret and translate scriptures. anyways thanks for a great work!

            God bless!

          • Hi Ivan,

            Isaiah and Jeremiah both speak of the fan as used in winnowing. You will have to take up the issue with them when you have a chance. My job is to translate what they wrote. After all, fans were used and still are used in primitive societies to facilitate winnowing.

            Blessings, Bill

          • Ok, Thanks Mr. Morford!

  28. Hi, in Genesis 3:22 says “Behold, the man has become as one of us…(who is this referring to? Coz “us” the “U” is not in capital letter. Is jis God or someone else? Some one might have ask you this. I can’t find it though. Thank you. Lila Penrose. Jakarta. Indonesia

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    • Hi Lila,

      Thank you for ointing out this typo. God was speaking so it should be Us.

      Blessings, Bill

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      • Thank you sir for quick reply. Also in Gen11:7, I guess “us” also God?

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        • Yes! Thank you.

          Blessings, Bill

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  29. Good day Mr. Morford.

    My name is Etienne Beaurain. I am from South Africa in the province of Mpumalanga in the city Nelspruit, best known for the Kruger National Park.
    I just bought you translation through Amazon on the internet.
    The total Price for your Bible comes to about $116.27 US shipping included. I would like to find out if an opportunity is available to order directly from your supplier at a better price and better shipping rates. Most people in South Africa would not be able to afford this remarkable translation and I believe they should be able to.
    Thank you for being obedient to our Father and allowing us to understand His Word better.
    God Bless you.
    Etienne Beaurain

    Reply
    • Hi Etienne,

      Thanks for writing. For information on better prices and lower shipping costs, please email the publisher at info@tppress.com

      Blessings, Bill

      Reply
  30. Mr. Morford I love your bible! but the problem is the kindle version is bad, u guys have plans to upgrade ur kindle version? we need the table of contents enabled, its really hard to use for bible study, we cant go to certain books, chapters,verses easily, please update ONM bible is my favorite bible!
    esv version from crossway is a good example, there kindle version is great!

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    • Hi Ivan

      Thanks for writing We know the problem and it is being worked on. When completed, the Kindle ONM will be state of the art, but I do not have a firm date on that.

      Blessings, Bill

      Reply
    • Ok thanks Mr. Morford, anyways can u list the books with chapter and verse difference from other christian bibles in the tanakh? the cjb version places it in parenthesis so that we can determined the verse and chapter differences, will u guys implement this also?

      anyways God bless u all for this marvelous work!
      Glory to God!

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  31. Lola i bought the new man Bible, I love it,i want to get one for my schlor pastor, Dr, degreed in new testament word from Union in new york

    I WANT TO KNOW IF THE BOOK ON YOUR NOTE 2 IN THE SONG OF SONGS PAGE 1033,THERE IS A jEWISH TEACHING FROM THE 11TH CENTURY RELATING THE BOOK AS A TALE BETWEEN ISREAL AND God
    can I buy it?is it reprinted? how can I get it?it sounds wonderful,
    lola

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    • Hi Lola,

      Thank you for writing. You have a very good question, so good that I cannot answer it. What I have is taken from a Jewish book with very tight copyright control. The 11th century author is Rashi, but I do not know if his works have been translated from Hebrew into English. Try Google and let me know by email, wjm@thepowernewtestament.com if you succeed.

      Blessings, Bill

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  32. I purchased your One New Man Bible but have been unable to locate the book of St. James. What happened to this important book of the Bible?

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    • Hi D M J,

      The book other translations call St. James is named Jacob in both the Greek and Latin texts. In those it is spelled Iacob, which comes into English as Jacob, so where other bibles have the book of St. James the ONM Bible has the book of Jacob.

      Blessings, Bill

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      • Thank you for the lessons!

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  33. Hello Bill, I just received my ONM Bible and stayed up till 4am jsut randamly reading, WOW what new insight. I have a question. I found that your Hebrew to english translation uses different spelling of english words and some of the meanings realy differ and thats ok.
    Example you spell Eve, Hava, most other books spell it Hawwah, why is that and what do you consider the best hebrew to english dictionary if one exist. For study reasons I want to be on thwe same page as you with having to take out a bank loan for books. Thank you for your hard but blessed work

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    • Hi Michael,

      Thank you for your comment, which is a great blessing.

      The Sephardic Hebrew spoken in Israel, and in which the Bible is written, has no “W” sound. The transliteration charts I have used have no “W” in them, so the correct spelling is Havah. For biblical words a lexicon is needed and the most authoritative is the Brown Driver Briggs Gesenius. The print version is needed because the ones I have seen in online programs are incomplete.

      Blessings, Bill

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  34. Dear Dr. Morford,
    Thank you very much for the One New Man Bible translation!
    I love your indication stating King Saul reigned only two years, which means David’s season of persecution by Saul was much shorter than I had always presumed. Even some of the scripture seems to contradict itself, stating Saul’s son to be 40 years old when King Saul died after battle. I am having difficulties in understanding exactly how you reached this conclusion, although I am not doubting it in any manner. I am actually quite delighted in it. My research on David always indicates him being a very young youth when he fought Goliath.
    Would you help me understand this? I am hopeful and overjoyed in this revelation, yet I cannot “connect all the dots”!
    Thank you,
    Kellie Fore

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    • Hi Kellie,

      Those ages are very clear in 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel, with 1 Sam. 13:1 stating “In the first year of Saul’s reign, after he became king, and he reigned two years over Israel.” David was 30 when he bagan to reign in Hebron, 2 Sam. 5:4. Since Saul reigned for two years (we don’t know the exact dates) and David was 30 when he began to reign, he could not have been less than 27 when he fought Goliath. The myth of his being a child probably comes from the first English translations which were made from the Latin text which which uses the word puer in 1 Sam. 17:33 in describing David. The Latin word means boy, child, or servant. The Hebrew word in that verse means young man and can refer to late teens or twenties. It is used several times for men in the army. There is no contradiction when Ish Bosheth is described as 40 years old soon after Saul’s death. Saul’s age is never given, but he obviously had grown children. Hopefully, this will clear up the contradiction for you. Nowhere does the text say David was quite young. If you still have questions, keep writing and I will try to clear things up.

      Blessings, Bill

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      • Thank you very much for your time. I will go over all these things and I appreciate your offer to help if I have further questions!
        Kellie

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  35. Are there any plans to publish a pocket version?

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    • Karl,

      If and when to publish a pocket version is up to the publisher. Write info@tppress.com

      Blessings, Bill

      Reply
  36. Dear Mr Morford

    Thank you for the website. I do enjoy the commenting. 🙂 It is one way to know if there are still brothers out there in this lonely becoming world, even though I’m still young of age, in comparison, for me being only of 29.5 years of age.

    I still have a hunger for more truths and therefor want to order 2 ONM-Bibles. I did e-mail the publisher but since the flock has become smaller and the pack bigger I have come to the conclusion that you are the only one to make it possible for me to receive one. I am willing to pay $500 for 2 ONM-Bibles with the necessary air courier included to Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Looking forward hearing from you.

    Reinier Nicolaas van Deventer

    Reply
    • Dear Mr. van Deventer,

      I’m sorry to hear of your problem, so I called the publisher. The publisher will be in touch with you shortly to expedite the shipment. Due to the time difference it will more likely be Monday when you hear because it is now 4 PM here on Friday afternoon, which is probably after midnight in Johannesburg.

      Blessings, Bill

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      • I did not say that I had a problem. I cannot take the risk of paying and never receiving my order. I hope you will make a plan getting the ONM Bible in our many christian bookshops in South Africa like Cumbooks and Gospeldirect. Thanks for your politeniss, please read my first comment again if you understand what has happened over the last year or more.

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    • Hello Reinier,
      We are the publisher of the One New Man Bible. Please check your e-mail (December 4) for our instructions regarding receiving the One New Man Bible in time for Christmas. The message may have ended up in your SPAM folder. We sent the message again today.
      Thanks again for your interest. The One New Man Bible is an excellent holiday gift.

      Reply
  37. Our Web site is not completed yet
    Question: I have the the power new testament, Do I still need the one new man bible, if so why?
    Your power N.T. Has opened a whole new chapter for me in understanding His word and Glory.

    IHS
    Pastor Michael

    Reply
    • Hi Michael,

      I think you will find in the ONM Bible a whole new opening of a new chapter for understanding His word and glory.

      Blessings, Bill

      Reply

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