William Morford

Rev. William J. Morford graduated from Hobart College in 1953 and was a member of the 1955 class of the University of Minnesota’s graduate school in hospital administration. Until 1989 Mr. Morford owned and operated a medical administration services company in South Carolina.

He was ordained in August 1988 by Christian International of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, served on staff as student advisor for Christian International School of Theology and is a Certified Instructor to teach Christian International’s series on the prophetic gifts.

Reverend Morford and his wife, Gwen have traveled to Israel several times and expect their ministry to take them back for extended periods.

He has written three books: The Power New Testament, God’s Rhythm of Life, and This God We Serve and has been just completed a fresh edition of the Bible, The One New Man Bible, expected to be released in 2011.

From 1993 through 1999, Reverend Morford studied Hebrew under Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, grandson of the Eliezer Ben-Yehuda whose lifetime work made Modern Hebrew the national language of Israel.


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  1. Greetings Brother Bill,
    Still on my quest to read through the ONM Bible. As memory serves me, the references made to the Holy Spirit are always the same wording. In Acts 16:6 & 7, there is a reference to “the Holy Spirit” in verse 6, and in the same sentence (verse 7) the reference is “the Spirit of Y’shua”. Because it is different, I wanted to ask you the meaning of the use of two different descriptions for what I am assuming are both referring to the Holy Spirit.
    Both references are speaking of being hindered/prevented from doing something.
    Any insight you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
    Glenda Joy

    • Hi Glenda Joy,

      This is a good question. The Spirit of Y’shua is not a different Holy Spirit, but it is speaking of a quality of His, of His nature. See Testimony of Y’shua in Glossary.

      Blessings, Bill

      • Thank you. I will check that out. I was pretty sure it was important because of the different expression and things like that in the ONM Bible always stir me to ask about it! Fortunately, I have a gracious brother that I can ask. =)
        I have loved exploring the Names of God as I have traveled through the Word, and now I can include the additional dimension of exploring His Nature also. No surprise that the Holy Spirit is equally as dynamic and multi-faced as the Son and the Father! Amazing Treasures All! It always fascinates me how one discovery only leads me to more treasure.
        Thank you, again. I am blessed to have you as a resource.
        Glenda Joy

  2. Hi Dr. Morford,
    I have been reading Galatians and getting a much needed fresh perspective on freedom from legalism and living in grace. Amen! Then I came across Romans 2:13 which speaks of doing the commandments of Torah and righteousness. Both books were written by Paul. I know I am missing something important so I would appreciate some clarification, if you would please.

    • Hi Debbie,

      What we all have to understand is that although we have been made righteous by faith, our behavior has to change. Our righteous behavior is the result our being saved. Doing the commandments is righteous behavior. We are not saved by our good behavior, but our good behavior provides the evidence that we are saved. Y’shua said that we will be known by our fruit. Read 1 John 1:5-10. Read what Jacob wrote.

      Blessings, Bill

  3. I am happy you were able to do what you did Bill, study in Israel all those years. I know God guided you in this and I thank him so much for what you have become. To me you are a relief a great help and rescuer from so much confusion. Since childhood. having read the King James, I have not been satisfied with translations.

    There seem to be so many things that in English just do not compute from the bible. Recently, the Holy Spirit brought my attention to Mountains and Hills. I have been meditating on Matthew 21:19-22.

    I know Fig Tree is a symbol for Israel, Jesus did not just curse the fig tree but was also cursing Israel as I understand it. I have recently understood that the mountains were symbols of patriarchs and hills matriarchs. At least that is what I recently read about to some extent. This speaking to the mountain has been a point of confusion all my life, there are so many passages about speaking to mountains, mountains hearing and so fourth. Are mountains really alive?

    I have always been taught they are stumbling blocks….but I always wondered: Why God? Why did you use mountains? Why not just say stumbling blocks. I appreciate your help in this Bill. I desire to know what this passage says for real based on Real Hebrew concepts.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.



    • Hi Rick,

      Thank you for these good questions. My choice is to go with the literal meanings and those inherent in the Hebrew language. The verses you refer to are:
      Matt. 21:19. And, when He saw one fig tree on the way, He came up to it and found nothing on it except only leaves, and He said to it, “Fruit could no longer ever come from you.” And the fig tree immediately withered. 20. Then when the disciples saw that they marveled saying, “How did the fig tree wither immediately?” 21. And Y’shua said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you would have faith and you would not doubt, not only will you do what was done with the fig tree, but even if you would say to this mountain, ‘You must be removed at once and you must immediately be cast into the sea,’ it will happen: 22. And everything you will ask in prayer, when you believe, you will take.”

      The symbolism you refer to is not something I study, so while the fig tree represents Israel to many, to me this passage is just speaking of the power we have through faith to do the things Y’shua did. The fig tree produces two crops, one in the spring with fruit from the previous fall and one later in the fall. The power He used to make the tree wither is something we should be able to replicate as we can also move mountains through faith in His authority. The mountains in my life can be leveled by the application of my faith as I pray. I do not in any way see that Y’shua was cursing Israel, nor am I concerned other symbolic interpretations. Hebrew idioms are interesting and I do use the interpretations of the idioms.



  4. I love the One New Man Bible. I’ve learned so much. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you as the instrument to put this wonderful Bible together. I have two questions. Why is Malachi 4 missing?
    Also, the Bible Books are not in the same order as in other Bibles. Chronologically, is this the way they are suppose to be?



    • Hi Nena,

      Thank you for writing. First, all the verses in Malachi are in the One New Man Bible. Not one word is missing, but instead of Chapter 4, the verse numbers are extended in Chapter 3. This is because this is a translation of the Hebrew Masoretic text and uses those verse numbers. This is also why the book order is different and this is much closer to chronological order than the traditional English translations.

      Blessings, Bill

  5. Rev Morford,

    Your insight please.
    In Matt 16: 18 when Yeshua is speaking to Kefa about building his congregation upon this rock and the “gates of Hades shall not prevail”.

    It is my understanding that the “Gates of Hades” is a literal place in Caesarea Philippi where the head waters of the Jordan began that Yeshua was referring to.

    It was at this site, baby sacrifices were made, perhaps to Mollech or other pagan gods and these sacrificial rituals would not prevail over the true congregation to be built upon this rock, not referring to Hades where eternal separation from YHVH would take place.

    Thank you Sir, You have a wonderful rendering of Hebrew life in your work.

    • Hi Allen,

      You are correct, so this passage, Matt. 16:18. And I am saying to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I shall build My congregation and gates of Hades will not prevail against the congregation. So this passage has a dual meaning, that the symbolic gates at Caesrea Philippi and the literal gates of Hades will not prevail. Both are correct.

      Blessings, Bill

  6. Hello Mr. Morford,

    How did you render John 13:1?
    I have gone over the Greek and found this:
    New Rendering of John 13:1
    Now before the ruling/decision (hoe-rah ) of the ceasing (peh-sakh) [of life], when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

    Your thoughts,


    • Hi Dan,

      Thank you for writing. To answer your question, here is the literal translation of the Greek text: “13.1. And Y’shua, since He knew before the Feast of Passover that His time had come, He knew that He would go on from this world to the Father. As He loved His own, those in the world, He loved them to the utmost.”

      What you found is not a translation of the Greek. The transliterations are off the wall, but in no way could those words be translated “ruling/decision” or “ceasing”.

      Blessings, Bill

      • What method would a Hebrew native speaker devise in order to preserve their Holy document in a foreign language which doesn’t convey the complete information that the original language contains? Did the original translators use mostly phonetic transliteration for certain words? Comparisons can be done with existing known transliterated words, using the rules determined to be used to create these phonetic transliterations and then using those rules to look for other transliterations of Hebrew within the Greek text.

        From my studies, the Septuagint and Greek New Testament were long run-on sentences, no spaces or punctuation, mostly. Adding to the dificulty, the Greek text had Hebrew words spelled with Greek letters. If a translator only understood Greek, how could the translator resolve these Hebrew transliterations? In many instances an unknown word, which might have been a Hebrew transliteration, was overlooked and the meaning would be derived at by context of the known words. This ignores the word itself and makes the potential for errors entering into the translation a strong possibility. We have lost the original Hebrew documents from which the Greek had been translated from, reversing the process which the original translators used can restore the Hebrew, which might have been hidden through errors.

        Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

        Apostles Bible Polyglot (LXX and GNT) (Xiphos Bible Software Module)
        προ δε της εορτής του πάσχα ειδώς ο Ιησούς ότι ελήλυθεν αυτού η ώρα ίνα μεταβή εκ του κόσμου τούτου προς τον πατέρα αγαπήσας τους ιδίους τους εν τω κόσμω εις τέλος ηγάπησεν αυτούς


        εορ | τής
        Hebrew Phonetic Transcription | Greek word meaning “of” or “of the”

        Hor or Hora (Is this a Hebrew word?)
        הוֹרָה – to instruct, to command, to order ; to indicate, to point out ; (הוֹרֶה ) parent ; hora (Israeli folk dance) ; hora (tune used for Hora dance)
        (Pas-kha) (Note: Greek sigma could represent a Hebrew shin or samech. Maybe the ‘a’ on the end is the 3rd century method of pronouncing the Hebrew word? Originally, I thought the ‘a’ represented the Hebrew ahh sound which suggests an Hey as a final letter. It will require more research to figure out what reason there is for the ‘a’ at the end of this Greek transliteration of the Hebrew, possibilities include the preservation of 200BCE—300BCE pronunciation.)

        Potential candidates:

        פֶּסַח – (Jewish ritual) Passover

        פָּשַׂק – to spread apart (legs, lips) ; (פִּשֵּׂק ) to open wide, to spread apart (legs, arms, lips) ; (פֻּשַּׂק ) to be opened wide, to be spread apart (arms, legs, lips)

        פִּסְקָה – section, paragraph

        פָּסַק – to cease, to stop ; to desist ; to decide, to rule ; to award (payment) ; (פִּסֵּק ) to punctuate ; to open wide, to spread apart (legs, arms, lips) ; (פֻּסַּק ) to be punctuated ; (פְּסָק ) (law) ruling, decision

        Old Verse KJV John 13:1
        Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

        New Rendering of John 13:1
        Now before the ruling/decision (hoe-rah ) of the ceasing (peh-sakh) [of life], when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

        It is my current perspective their is a cache of previously undiscovered transliterations within the Septuagint and Greek New Testament documents. It will be a long process to uncover and validate them all.

        Our Father takes care of us well, Dan

        • Hi Dan,

          Trying to make sense out of the transliterations in our English bibles is fruitless. Those are mostly from the Latin text, but all were made without transliteration charts. That is why the Hebrew Yod is transliterated with “I” “J” “Y” when a chart would have consistently used one of those. The proper transliteration of Passover is “Pesah” with H underlined for the slight guttural. The translation of John 13:1 that you have above is way out of line, not a possible translation of the Greek. Greek cannot have accurate transliterations because of sounds in Hebrew that do not exist in Greek, such as “sh” and “v”. Email me at wjm23@earthlink.net for a more detailed discussion of the above, but please name your sources.

          Blessings, Bill

  7. I am reading your bible. On page 1230 under “teaching about pledges” it says talking about swearing “nor by Jerusalem because it is A city of the great King”. Should this not be THE city of the great King? All the other bibles say THE.

    Thank you.


  8. Shalom Sir William, I am blessed watching your videos and I hope I can get One New Man Bible. I am in the Philippines, I hope this One New Man Bible is available. By the way Sir, why is called One New Man? Thank you and God bless you more and more! Shalom!

    • Hi Randy,

      Here’s hoping the One New Man Bible is available in the Philippines. It is also on both iTunes and Kindle.

      It is called One New Man from Ephesians 2:14-16, 2:14. “For He is our peace, the One Who has made both things into one and Who has loosed the dividing wall of the fence, cause of the enmity to His flesh, 15. by His nullifying the tradition of the commandments by decrees, so that He could create the two, Jewish and non-Jewish, into One New Man, establishing peace 16. so He could reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, as God killed their enmity by means of Him, Y’shua.”

      Blessings, Bill

  9. 2 more questions for you…..
    The Jews left Egypt with flocks and herds, so why were they complaining about not having meat to eat? Apparently they were told not to eat the animals they had with them, but there is no mention of that in Scripture. I have always wondered if perhaps they had given thanks to God for the Manna and humbly asked God for different food, that He would have rained down a banquet for them. (banana cream pie ?) IMO it was their heart attitude and how they ‘asked’ that went wrong and got them in trouble. Your thoughts?

    When the tabernacle was packed up for travel, there was no opportunity for daily sacrifices to take place, which meant that the people were in sin according to the Torah. Lots of people and lots of sin in the camp. Did the priests do sacrifices in the evening when they stopped? Is how they handled this recorded anywhere? This was a BIG deal under the Torah rules.

    Thanks so much for your kind consideration of these questions and I look forward to your response.

    • Hi Debbie,

      Again, you come up with tough questions.

      1. That was a barter economy, so the flocks and herds were their life savings. While in the wilderness there would not be normal reproduction, instead it would involve some effort just to maintain the flocks and herds. To kill an animal meant going to their savings account and drawing on their life savings on which they (like today) were not drawing interest. Most did not have a large number of animals, so they had to guard what little they had.

      2. The answer to this is not known. When they traveled they probably never exceeded ten miles in a day, so there have been many days of travel, requiring camping on the way. It is possible that the altar could have rather easily been set up each evening, as that and a laver were all that would been required. Since Moses did not record that, it cannot be known with certainty.

      Blessings, Bill

      • I suppose it wouldn’t have taken long to demolish the entire animal supply with that many hungry people. They showed restraint not to eat them since they were at times a rebellious bunch.

        • Hi Debbie,

          Yes, but imagine the mindsets: if you had no income and had to go to bank where you were not earning interest to withdraw money every time you wanted to eat meat. Anyway, that was undoubtedly one of the factors.

          Blessings, Bill

          • On the human side, I can understand why they seemed so crabby. Hungry people can be dangerous j/k.

          • Yeah, just think…millions of hungry crabby people + Moses/Aaron! Gives one some insight on the human side of the journey and a new perspective on what Moses must have had to deal with on a daily basis.

  10. Good morning. In Genesis 12:1-3 where God is speaking to Abraham, are the pronouns “you” and “yours” singular or plural.

    Thank you

    • Hi Colleen,

      Thank you for a good question, needed because English no longer uses the second person singular. Those are all singular.

      Blessings, Bill

  11. Greetings Brother Morford!

    I have trying to contact you. but i am unable to do so. can u please answer me.I want to distribute this one new man bible. This is bible is from God and many people in the world has to get to read. God asked me to order a printing bible machine to print bible and distribute freely to poor.
    I am doing as he says .
    Brother you have done a lot of efforts on to get this bible translated.
    can i have copyright to india . how much does royalty cost me to buy from you so that i can print the bible.
    i am planning to fix the rate of bible just the production cost .
    If the bible printing cost will be Rs 10 i am going to sell at Rs 10 .
    My aim is every one has to get bible and as in India i don’t think even people are in position to buy .
    I hope you got my point. and i have tried my level best to contact you . Now God will speak to you and he will get the work done to me in Jesus name amen.

    Chitra Malini

    • Hi Chitra,

      Thank you for writing and for your desire to distribute this bible. Your goal is very admirable, so I pray you will be able to do this. The publisher will have to answer you, so I am forwarding this to him.

      Blessings, Bill

  12. Greetings Brother Morford!
    I am now in the midst of the book of Luke in my reading through and encountered a verse in which I would love to have your insight. You have not footnoted it and so it might be among the delightful mysteries found in the Word, but I wanted to ask. Luke 17:37- “Where the body is, there also the eagles will be gathered”. It is given in the context of the day of the Son of Man and the events connect to that, but I have not connected those dots! Any insights you may have would be appreciated.

    • Hi Glenda,

      This refers to the Day of the Lord, when believers are taken up to be with the Lord. Those left behind are lost, to be corpses for the eagles to consume.

      Blessings, Bill

  13. Another clarification please.
    1Sam 13:1 says that Saul reigned for 2 years. I believe that. What I don’t understand is how he chased David for at least 10 years. This what I was taught but perhaps that teaching was in error.

    A very respected Bible scholar tells me that Saul reigned from a number of cities (starting with two years in Judah) and that his reign was 40 years all together. That doesn’t seem right either, since he lost the kingdom when he failed on his very first assignment to annihilate the Amalakites. BTW who are the modern day descendants of the Amalakites?

    Could you please put this in perspective for me? I would be very grateful indeed. thanks db

    • Hi Debbie,

      Thank you for good questions. First Saul reigned for two years, period. One proof is the Ark of the Covenant which was in the house of Abinidab for twenty years, covering the judgeship of Samuel, the reign of Saul and the first seven and a half years of David’s reign. It is simply not possible that Saul chased David for ten years. Neither is it possible that Saul reigned in different cities, not only from the timeline, but it is certainly not biblical. The Amalakites, like the Philistines, Hittites, and the rest of the Canaanites no longer exist. When they were scattered they assimilated. Only the Jewish people survived as a people.

      Blessings, Bill

    • Hi,

      The easiest way to get the bible could be the Kindle or iTunes, but I will send your email address to the publisher for other ways. Keep in touch.



  14. Hi Bill,

    Can I buy an ebook of the Bible from you or is it better to buy from the likes of Amazon? Thank you for all your hard work it is wonderful to learn the idioms of the Bible.




  16. Hi Mr., Morford.
    I contacted you once before with this same request, lost your reply, HDD died. Could you email me the contact details of the Australian distributor for the “One New Man Bible.” I now have three (3) of my friends to obtain a copy. In Australia we are geo-blocked from Amazon.
    Thanks Again.

    • Hi Andrew,

      Since that last contact we now have Koorong Books distributing One New Man Bibles in Australia, so it should be readily available. Thank you for your enthusiasm for the bible.

      Blessings, Bill

  17. Hello Dr. Morford,
    1. I have 2 questions for you. First in 1 Sam 21 vs 2 and 5-6 seem to contradict each other. In vs 2 the priest asks David why there are no men with him and in the 5-6 there is a conversation about keeping the young men away from women. I believe the Bible is inerrant so I am curious what that is about. Would you please lend some insight into that?
    2. Also in 1 Kings 1, why was it such an egregious act for Adonijah to ask for Abishag? David was dead and she was still a virgin, so was she still set apart for the rest of her life given these circumstances? This request sent Solomon into a rage whereby he killed Adonijah and Joab, deposed Abiathar and put Shimei under “house arrest”? It was definitely a big deal indeed!
    Thanks so much for your time and consideration of these questions.

    • Hi Debbie,

      Question 1 has no answer that would not be adding to scripture. One possible explanation could be that there was a servant or maybe two servants with David, such as an armor bearer. That would allow him to say he was alone since he was the warrior, but that is too nebulous to put in a footnote. Some day we will meet David and he will have to settle that for all time.

      Question 2 because Abishag was in David’s harem she was considered as a wife, even though no marriage was consummated. For Adonijah to have her for his wife would have said to the people of Israel that he was David’s rightful heir. It was a big deal to Solomon and to the people.

      Blessings, Bill

  18. Dear Bill,
    I saw something you said on “That’s Supernatural” about the “Second Cup” from Ex. 6:6 relating to release from bondage. I would love to learn more about this, because I once had a dream in which an armless hand emerged holding a small piece of paper saying, “Ex. 1-6″ and I’ve never understood the meaning behind it.

    • Hi Alan,

      Thanks for writing. The fist six chapters of Exodus tell of God’s plan and preparation for saving His people and delivering them from their Egyptian overlords. The four cups in Exodus 6:6,7 symbolize this process. Those four are: “Iwill bring you out from the burdens of the Egyptians. I will rescue (deliver) you from their bondage. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments and I will take you to Myself for a people.

      Those symbolize for today’s Christians: He will take us out of Egypt, the world system of power and covetousness. He will rescue, deliver us from all bondage, from everything holding back our spiritual growth such as fears, addictions, pride, rejection, and a myriad of other things. He will redeem us, which our Kinsman Redeemer, Y’shua has done, stated in Luke 22:20. Then last of all He will take us to Himself.

      Blessings, Bill

    • is there a place some of us can get this book for free, it seems a lot of you ‘ messengers’ are over chargingforwhat is given to you freely and there are millions of us outhere unable to get the books. Where can we get a copy without contributing to your filthy lucre?

      • Hi Pavander,

        There is not a free version that I know of. You say I got this for free! More than twenty years of study is hardly free. Please feel free to send some filthy lucre, of which I get only a small percentage. Also printing is hardly free as well as distribution, and even the mapping of the E-books is expensive.

        Blessings, Bill

        • Bill,
          Awesome response to pavender’s “filthy lucre” 5/4/2014 comment.
          Can’t wait to send you some and dive in!!!
          P.S. I live in Columbia SC and can not seem to find your itenerary anywhere. Would enjoy sitting at your beautiful feet.

          • Hi Warren,

            Thank you for writing. Although we are not traveling much these days, I will keep you posted if we are near Columbia.

            Blessings, Bill

      • Dear pavander,
        The book you are referring to in your post has a value that is beyond anyone’s ability to estimate and cannot be adequately assessed in monetary terms. The price you will pay for a copy is not even comparable to the wealth of wisdom and knowledge that you will receive! I strongly encourage you to make the investment. And, when you do it will be easy to know when you have. You will then send a humble and grateful message to the man of God who invested his life to offer this treasure to others. The most valuable currency any of us spend is days, hours, months, years of our lives, and because he was willing to do that, you can reap the benefits for only the cost of the book. This, my dear Pavander, is an amazing exchange!

    • How many different Hebrew dialects were spoken during the time st Jesus was alive? How many different ethnic groups, non-Jews, lived in Israel at that time.
      After the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles, they could preach in many different languages. When Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes, the bible says that there were 5000 people there! So did everyone understand a common official Hebrew language and then many different groups spoke their own clan dialect? Pontus Pilate wrote “Jesus, king of the Jews” in Latin, Hebrew and Greek. So I’m guessing that those that spoke Aramaic also understood Hebrew? Bless you and thank you for all of your years of study, travel, research and sharing your knowledge with us.

      • Hi Katherine,

        Thank you for writing, sending this list of interesting questions.

        First, Many living in Israel were multilingual, with Hebrew being the primary language. The Hellenists spoke Greek, but also Hebrew to communicate with average people. Many understood Aramaic, but Aramaic was not the common language of Israel. Hebrew did not have dialects, although different areas of Israel had slight accent differences. At the feeding of the 5,000 everyone spoke and understood Hebrew. Fifty years ago scholars were saying that Aramaic was the common language of Israel, but archeology has revealed many commercial and government writings showing that Hebrew was the common language. At the cross, the average Israeli understood Hebrew, foreigners and many Israelis also understood Greek, and Roman officials and other Romans would have understood Latin. At that time Greek was the common language of the Roman Empire.

        Blessings, Bill


  20. Greetings Brother Bill,
    I am now in the book of Mark, enjoying every second of reading the One New Man Bible. =) In Mark 1:8, I noticed in this verse, “I immerse you in water, but He will immerse you in the Holy Spirit”, the word “the” is in italics. Does that mean that in the original it actually says “He will immerse you in Holy Spirit”? It sounds more personal to me if that is the case, like using the words as a name.
    And one other item I wanted to ask you about in Matthew 27:25, “Then all the people said, ‘His blood be upon us and upon our children.’” I saw that in a different way this time. If I am correct, that is meant to be a spoken curse, but it also appears that it may indicate a prophetic statement of His precious blood being upon us and our children (if children there is perpetual) is a blessing since His blood is the source of our redemption. Does that make sense? What they meant to be one way (curse) actually became a spoken blessing?
    Bless, bless, bless you.

    • Hi Glenda Joy,

      You are right in line with Jewish understanding of scripture. In each of the two passages you cite, both readings are correct. You have a treasured gift to see more than one interpretation.

      Blessings, Bill

  21. Greetings Brother Bill,
    In my reading through the ONM Bible, I have finally reached the New Testament! With the foundation of the Old Testament, the words I am reading now are PREGNANT with meaning. It is like I am reading the words for the first time. HalleluYAH!
    And, I had an unusual thought. As I am reading the verses I am encountering a continual reference to “the One”. The words that follow that appear to be a description (for example, “the One Who has been born King of the Jewish People…” Matt. 2:1)
    Now for my questions:
    When I read “the One” is that always the same as declaring one of His names?
    As a double meaning, it is also declaring the “ONENESS” of God each time it is mentioned? (Deuteronomy 6:4)
    I am now curious what “One” means whenever it appears. I have noticed that many times in the OT when other translations use “One”, you use “He” (Deut. 31:6, II Kings 19:15). I have actually not located the first time it is used by the ONM in the OT.
    Can you give me further insight into the use “the One” in your translation work?
    I thank God for you. Your patience with students of the Word like me is constantly a blessing. =)

    • Hi Glenda,

      Thank you for another intriguing set of questions. The answer to the NT questions is YES! There is a double meaning, with usually a reference to Y’shua and also to His Oneness with the Father. In the Hebrew scriptures, the prime example is is Deut. 6:4, the Sh’ma – “The LORD is our God! The LORD is One! To research One in those scriptures would be a very interesting project.

      Blessings, Bill

      • Thank you for your reply. I would LOVE to research the One in the scriptures! I LOVE the depth found in the Word. It is a infinitely deep mine filled with precious and priceless treasures- each capable of changing life as you know it! To Him be glory.

        This may be a really dumb question, but does the Hebrew have more than one word for “the One” as opposed to the many references to “the one”? (Is it echad?) My husband suggested I inquire about the Hebrew word I am going to be searching for and find all of those references which will enable me to see everywhere it is used.

        As an additional note, this makes me love the ONM Bible even more. It has One in the title!!! Sounds like the New Man that is owned by “the One”! The One’s New Man. =)
        I am so grateful to be counted as one of His.
        Glenda Joy

        • Hi Glenda Joy,

          Thank you for your enthusiasm for our heavenly Father! Yes, Echad is Hebrew for One. The publisher is now having a book of mine printed, to be out within the next two weeks, titled This God We Serve, 2nd Ed., with over 400 names of God. There six listed under One in the Index. The book does does not do an exhaustive search for any one name, but sets a platform for anyone to use for further study.

          Blessings, Bill

          • Oh my goodness! A new edition of This God We Serve. That is amazing news. I have almost worn out my copy of the first edition. I am particularly interested in seeing the new information on One. The timing is perfect for me.
            I look forward to seeing all the added info in the new one and I will use that platform to dive in deeper. =)
            God bless this fruitful season of your life!
            Glenda Joy

          • Hi Glenda Joy,

            The big difference in the 2nd Ed. of This God We Serve is that all the scripture quotes are from One New Man Bible, with a couple of major differences. The traditional translation of Isaiah 11:2 has the Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge, and of the Reverent Fear and Obedient Fear. Reverent Fear and Obedient Fear are from the Amplified, the others mostly have just Fear. fear is not the correct translation of the Hebrew, so ONM has Reverence and Awe there. Another is Amen, which the lexicons and dictionaries say means True or So Be It. Amen is not a Hebrew word and there os not root of Alef-Mem-Nun. Amen is an acrostic you can read about in Glossary. The 2nd Ed. does not expand that much on the 1st Ed., just changes the translations for greater accuracy. By the way, So Be It is the translation of the Greek Genoito.

            Blessings, Bill

  22. Another day, another question! In reading John 3:13 in the Power NT the footnote is, “Since Jesus says He ascended, He must have been here before.” 1) You leave the reader hanging on that thought. I have an idea, but what are you thinking? Also, 2) my Wycliffe Bible Commentary notes that “The last four words of 3:13 are not contained in the leading manuscripts.” and yet you do include them. In that event I would have thought you would have noted same if that were the case. Thanks (again) … Sharon

    • Hi Sharon,

      For starters, John 1:1, & 2 say that He was with God in the beginning. In the One New Man Bible there are footnotes in several scriptures citing His appearance in ancient times, before His birth and the New Testament.

      The Wycliffe comment is hard to understand because the most reliable manuscripts are cited in the UBS notes on that verse. Those notes refer to a Byzantine text leading the exceptions. The Byzantines are the most changed – see Greek Manuscripts in Glossary.

      Blessings, Bill

  23. Hello: Quick question: In Luke 17:37 you translate, “When, Lord?” Every other translation I see on the Bible Hub website (and there are many) say, “Where, Lord?” which makes more sense in the context. Is it “when” in your determination, or is this possibly a misprint? Thanks!

  24. Good Morning Bill,
    I just finished the book of I Chronicles and I am wondering about two books that were mentioned in 29:29. The book of Nathan the prophet, and the book of Gad the seer. Are these scriptures yet to be discovered? When I read about those it made me wonder if they exist because it would be interesting to read more about the acts of David.

    The more I have read through the Old Testament, the more I am understanding why David was called a man after God’s own heart! I always interpreted that as meaning he had the same kind of heart as God, but it seems to me the other meaning would be true also- he passionately pursued God’s heart! He was AFTER God’s heart! He loved His Name, but his goal was to reach His heart!

    • Hi Glenda Joy,

      Good questions again, but the books of Nathan and Gad no longer exist, lost more than 2,000 years ago.

      That is very good insight on David. He truly did pursue God and was determined to please Him (Ps. 19:15).

      Blessings, Bill

  25. Hello Mr. Morford
    I just a few days received your Power New Testament in the mail and started reading in the book of John. For years I always wondered why that book was suggested,but not Matthew. Since coming to the Hebraic Roots,which I wished I had started when I went to Israel in “86 while in the Navy. I have a copy of the bible called the scriptures in like one of the people said about reading in the beginning that were my journey lies for the moment. I want to thank you for your book and I am enjoying it. Shalom to you and family.

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  27. Me again. =) In creation (Gen. 1), when it says that God said saw “it was good”, is the word He used for good, “shalom”? He eradicated the chaos (the complete absence of order) that was there and replaced it with shalom (perfect order)?

    I am now in Job in my reading through the ONM Bible. I have noticed the word “chaos” reoccurring throughout my reading from the beginning of Genesis and now in Job. Chaos/Ra (you have indicated the translation is bad or evil).

    I just had a crazy thought this morning. Is the pure essence of the Good News (Gospel) the total eradication of “chaos” in every form, and the absolute restoration of “shalom” in every area?

    Shalom to you!
    glenda joy

    • Hi Glenda Joy,

      The word for good is Tov, so Shalom is not in the text at all in Gen. 1.

      Chaos is first seen in the ONMB in 1 Kings 7. There is no chaos in Genesis. When the earth was formed it was without any form of life, but that was not chaos.

      Blessings, Bill

      • Thanks for that clarification. For some reason I had it in my mind that what the Spirit of the LORD hovered over/brooded over was chaos that existed before creation. I appreciate your insight. =)


  28. Hello again: I hate to write again so soon but I’ve run up against something else which puzzles me. In the Glossary under Heavens / Zevul you state, “This is the location of celestial Jerusalem and the temple with the heavenly altar where Michael offers a sacrifice.” I have been searching around (in Daniel particularly) but do not see where (the archangel?) Michael does this. Again, thank you!

  29. Dear Sir: I am very happy to have this resource (the Power NT) as I read through the NT again. I have just started with Matthew and already have a couple questions. On 16:28 your footnote is that “even Jesus was expecting His Messianic reign momentarily. See Mt 24:36″ (the later citation is under your heading of the Great Tribulation.) It would seem to me that 16:28 leads right into 17:1, that is, those “standing here” (His disciples) would include Peter, Jacob and John. So I don’t get your footnote … The second question I have (so far!) is the last sentence of “Righteousness” in the Glossary. You state “So long as we acknowledge Him, do right, and keep ourselves purse, we know that we have eternal life.” Why no mention of repentance (initially and on-going) here? Thanks kindly. Sharon

    • Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for writing. The footnote of Matthew 16:28 simply reinforces Jesus’ saying that those standing there would see the Kingdom coming with His return, evidence of His expectation of a soon return. Peter, Jacob, and John would have been among those disciples, six days before the Transfiguration.

      The Righteousness article does not speak of repentance, but seeking always to do right and to be just, keeping pure, careful of everything we say or do, requires continuously repenting as Jesus said in Matthew 4:17. You cannot walk in righteousness without being repentant. That statement will be added to the article in a future printing.

      Blessings, Bill

  30. Greetings Brother Bill,
    In my reading through the ONM Bible, I am currently in Proverbs and a question came to mind. I am in Chapter 10 and have noticed that thus far Solomon speaks of wisdom as if he was speaking about a person. Is he referring to natural, earthly wisdom? I know that Wisdom is one of the seven manifestations of the Spirit of God, and many times Solomon’s description sounds a lot like he is describing the Spirit of God, who I understand is referred to as the Hebrew word Ruah and is feminine. Solomon describes wisdom refers to the wisdom also in the feminine (she, her, etc.).
    Can you give me any clarification on that?

    • Hi Glenda,

      The feminine word is Hakhmah, meaning wisdom. Solomon is speaking of his wisdom, but I agree with your idea, that this should be the Spirit of Wisdom, but shamefully it is not..

      Blessings, Bill

  31. Mr. Morford,

    Thanks for all that you’re doing in the Kingdom of God!!! :) I purchased the first Kindle version of the ONM Bible, and found that it was incomplete. I know that it must take a tremendous amount of time and patience to complete this wonderful version of God’s word. I was just wondering if the newest version (second edition) has the complete Old Testament & New Testament. Thanks so much, and I look forward to hearing from you!

    Blessings & Shalom,

    • Hi Amy,

      Yes! The current Kindle & iTunes are complete, the latest printing and all mapped for searching and for finding any chapter & verse.

      Blessings & Shalom, Bill

  32. Dear Mr Morford

    I am just dying to get a copy of the One New Man Bible – just saving my pennies. However, I came across this website today when researching “Masoretic text.” http://theorthodoxlife.wordpress.com. it seems that this author is saying that the Septuagint is more accurate and the Masoretic text has been corrupted by Jews who were anti-Christian. Please could you shed some light on this controversy.


    • Hi Colleen,

      Thank you for writing. This is a good question, but the Septuagint is not superior to the Masoretic Text. The Masoretic has been faithfully copied since very early , c. 200-300 AD, while the Septuagint was copied by others, not Jewish scribes. The Dead Sea Scrolls are very, very close to the Masoretic, although some passages can be found that are close to the Septuagint. I have a Septuagint and there are differences, passages that differ from the Masoretic, but that line up with neither the Masoretic or the Vulgate, which was an early translation (4th C.) of the Hebrew, the text we now call Masoretic. I also have a copy of the Vulgate, so I can compare them. In spite of the best efforts, a manuscript of more than 600,000 words, hand-copied for more than a thousand years will have some errors. The Masoretic has very few and Hebrew University in Jerusalem has had scholars working for years to produce a text as close as possible to the original.

      The Septuagint, not copied by scribes, has not been held to the standards of the Masoretes who copied the Hebrew. All copying prior to the invention of the printing press have some errors, but the Masoretic and some of the ancient classics were copied with higher standards. As for the book you mention, you can tell by the statement “anti-Christian” that the author was looking for points to favor Christianity, not doing an impartial read. I have found the Christian principles of the New Testament authors confirmed in the Masoretic and do not need a biased text to support those views.

      Also, please be aware that One New Man Bible is now on iTunes and Kindle, fully mapped for searches and finding specific passages.

      Blessings, Bill

  33. I live in Australia. My wife and I wanted a physical copy of the “One New Man Bible,” we got ours through Sid Roth. When we went to get a second copy for a friend, we could not find a distributor in Australia and had to order it from the U.S.A. The resulting postage cost was $46.00 AUD, thereby almost doubling the price, this was for the hard cover version. The red synthetic leather version was, with postage, $136.00 AUD with postage. I am so glad to have this Bible that the price does not really matter but, others are not as fortunate as I. Can you take steps to assure a distrubitor in Australia?

    • Hi Andrew,

      Anchor Distributors has world-wide distribution, so any bookstore should be able to order it. Delivery time will be slow because Anchor ships after filling a container with the various books going to each country, but the cost savings should be dramatic.

      Blessings, Bill

  34. Dear Brother Bill,
    Here I am again asking you questions. =)
    As I have continued on my study through the Bible and learning the Names of God, one question comes to me continually. I read things like: revere the Name, call on the Name, the Name is a Strong Tower – just to mention a few. Which Name? Is the Name the Word continues to refer to in the OT the personal Name of God (Yahweh) or is it whichever Name is needed for the circumstance?
    In the NT, we understand the Name, is of course, Jesus.
    In the OT, are all of the Names of God encapsulated into One Name?
    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but it is very important to me to get this right.

    • Hi Glenda Joy,

      This is a good question, for which you can find many answers, with a number of people swearing that they have the only answer. There are several spellings of His four letter name that some are ready to fight over. I do not know which is correct. There are other names that our Heavenly Father uses when He says My Name is God of Hosts, or I AM, for which I have not tried to gather all of them. So, take your pick. Use the Name that fits your need at the time. My book, This God We Serve, has more than 400, which apply as Names of God. Besides those, I like what Y’shua Himself used and taught us to call Him: Father.

      Blessings, Bill

  35. Greetings Brother Bill,
    I am now in the Psalms in my reading through the One New Man Bible. I am curious about something I wanted to ask you about. in Psalm 7, verse 18 at the end of that verse, it refers to the name of the LORD most high. Are the first letters in most high not capitalized because it is a description as opposed to being a part of His name?
    I have really moved through my reading in the ONM Bible because it is so easy to read and understand. Also, your footnotes have helped be immensely! I feel like I am reading the Bible for the first time. Thank you again for all your hard work to make it so.
    glenda joy

  36. Bill, I purchased the kindle version of ONM bible since I love it so much but didn’t want to lug the huge thing around. The kindle version is very hard to navigate so I was thinking if it could be offered through pocket sword that would solve the problem since it’s very easy to navigate. Is this a possibility?

    • Hi Debbie,

      The Kindle now has been thoroughly mapped so it is very easy to navigate and search. Download this and your problem will be solved.

      Blessings, Bill

      • Bill, I just bought it on Aug 16th so I have the new version. When I go to a book and try to tap the chapter numbers either nothing happens or it sends me back to the previous book I was at. Maybe one out of 10 times I will be able to open a chapter but not usually the one I want. I just scroll from that one to the one I need. I just don’t use it now. I prefer this translation but pocketsword works so I use the translations available there.

        • Hi Debbie,

          That is really surprising. I use the Kindle in a Kindle E-Reader and it works fine. That is distressing to hear you are having trouble. How do other books work on your E-Reader? This does need to be followed up, whether the problem is the Bible or the E-Reader. If it is the Bible, downloading again may fix the problem.

          Blessings, Bill

    • Hi Bill
      I love the ONM bible I got thru Sid Roth, it was like reading the bible for the first time again and the footnotes helped me so much. I was going on holiday to Malta and thought I would get the Kindle version on my iPad to save on weight. The only problem is it’s very difficult to navigate through it, and I can’t find any instructions on how to! I have another bible on the iPad (ESV) that you can tap on the cross reference and it goes to it tap it again and it goes back to where you were reading I hoped the ONM would be similar. I am a senior citizen and not so savvi on this technology. Is there anything you can suggest to help me please.

      Blessings in Yeshua


      • Hi Ruth,

        Thank you for writing. I am sorry to hear of the problem, but you can delete that and download again. The current Kindle & iTunes versions are the latest printing and both are fully mapped for searches and finding specific chapter and verse. Also, you will return to the point at which you closed the iPad.

        Blessings, Bill

  37. Rev. Morford: I was so excited to find the One New Man Bible. I purchased a copy (the synthetic leather version) and have had it about a week now. I attend a Messianic Jewish synagogue and was so happy to find a translation faithful to the Jewish roots of Yeshua. There are several of us who have it in our synagogue. Someone pointed out to me this morning that Malachi 4 was left out of the One New Man Bible! What has happened with this? I’m concerned – are there other errors and typos in the Bible? What can be done about this?

    • Rev. Morford: I apologize – I wrote the comment above about Malachi but I had not read the item in the Preface, p. ii. I listened to someone else rather than checking it out first! I hope you will forgive me for making my remark impulsively and not searching for myself. I will share the note with my brother at the synagogue so he will also be aware all of Malachi is there. I find this to be the most exciting and readable translation, by the way, of the Bibles I have in my library. Thank you for all of your work!

      • Hi Judy,

        Thank you for writing. There have been others who complained that the fourth chapter of Malachi was missing, so your correcting comment is appreciated.

        Blessings, Bill

  38. Hi Brother Bill.
    I am still enjoying the One New Man Bible as I am reading through the OT. In Ezekiel 39:27 there is an “I am”. (“…and I am sanctified in them in the sight of the nations.”) Since this is neither capitalized or capitalized and bold, does that mean there are occasions when God is speaking when those are not capitalized when He is talking about Himself?
    One observation I am finding as I circle the different names of God and highlight them in different colors (for each different name), is how one particular name is used predominately in each book. I noticed in Ezekiel that I am encountering Him most as Adonai, the LORD. I just thought that was interesting.
    And I have LOVED learning about the Covenant of Shalom. Nothing missing, nothing broken, no good thing withheld! This is GOOD NEWS!
    That reminds me of another question. Whenever I encounter the word “peace” when the LORD is speaking, both in OT and NT, is that always the word Shalom, and if not how can I discern when it is?
    Shalom, Shalom to you!

    • Hi Glenda,

      In Ezekiel 39:27 the pronoun I is determined from the conjugation of the verb. Neither Ani nor Anokhi is used in the verse.

      Peace in the Hebrew Scriptures is always Shalom, though Shalom is not always translated “Peace.” in Greek Peace is Irene, with both “Es” the letter Eta.

      Blessings, Bill

  39. Hi Dear!
    I live in Brazil and I would like to know if you have plan to publish the One new man bible as a E-book, so this way will be easy to a over seas person to have this version bible,

    • Hi Dear to you!,

      Yes, the One New Man Bible is available as an E-book, fully mapped to make browsing and surfing easy. It has just been placed on iTunes and Kindle, so have at it! Let us know what you think.

      Blessings, Bill

        • Hi Phil,

          I did not know there was a sample. Yes, the full One New Man Bible is now on Kindle, with the footnotes. To read the footnote, click on the footnote number in the text. This fully mapped version has only been up for about a week. It is also on iTunes.

          Blessings, Bill

  40. Hi Brother Bill,
    Would like to request your insight on a question I have. In the reference II Corinthians 10:5, there is a reference to the use of weapons of our warfare “tearing down strongholds, tearing down reasonings, even every high thought…”. Now for what may seem like a really different interpretation.
    Mind you, I have been studying straight through the Old Testament, and my filter is running a bit through an OT grid, but what came to mind when I read this is the similarity of what happened when they tore down the places of idol worship, usually located in a “high place”.
    Is that a crazy thought? To compare these two? In my readings in the OT, I have noticed, if people did not listen to the voice of God, to the Torah and walk after His Way, they tended to walk after the imaginations of their own minds and hearts. One or the other. The True vs. the counterfeit.
    Could it be that one thing that is being encouraged in the NT passage is to “tear down whatever ‘high places’ you have allowed to be built in your own mind, thinking, imagination? Can those possibly symbolize altars to “false gods”?
    I sure hope I am not presenting a bizarre concept, but I couldn’t help by notice the wording is somewhat the same. If those are indeed demonic “structures” it would certainly add some greater incentive and motivation to tear them down- completely!
    The statement “every high thing being lifted up against the knowledge of God” has the appearance of an altar dedicated to a false god.
    Can thoughts be structures (strongholds) through which the demonic base their operation in our lives?

    • Hi Glenda Joy,

      You have hit on a wonderful point of the depth in the Word. That is a very strong point. Thank you sending this!

      Blessings, Bill

      • Dear Brother Bill,
        Thank you for confirming that! After I had written this inquiry to you, a guest speaker came to our church and preached on this very verse. I could hardly stay in my seat! One of his most powerful points? The LORD told him in the midst of a personal demonic attack that his thoughts are like vapors, when they first come you can blow them away. But if we allow them to stay and get multiple reinforcements, they become strongholds or fortresses that the enemy builds IN us to torment us. Yikes!
        And the thought that those very structures could be detestable altars gives even more incentive to both- tear the ones down that exist in me, and never allow others to be built!
        I was born again in 1974, and just this year did I grasp the reality that I cannot possibly comprehend the One I serve, and who I am in Him without being willing to understand the entire New Testament and the life of Jesus based on the foundation of the treasure found in the Old Testament! What joy!
        One last blessing to share… During worship this week at church, we sang a song about the GREAT I AM, and it dawned on me as I was singing, I know Him (and will continue to progressively know Him) by that name because of going back and starting at Genesis and reading through to Ezekiel (where I am now)! I have encountered Him in the words of the OT, and I don’t just know about Him, I know Him by many of His Names!
        Hallelujah! Thank you for this precious Bible and all of your work. You have planted heavenly seed in my life, and I see a harvest daily!
        To Him be Glory!
        (Pardon the length of this note. I AM STOKED!)

          • Bro. Bill,
            How are you? Give my regards to your dear wife.
            Are you coming to DC GOE in Sep? I have reserved extra rooms, double bed, non-smoking at Best Western, across the street to the GOE hotel. It is $ 80 /day, Sat $60. If you need a room, pls let me know. Pls give me your personal e-add so that i can send info. It’s always very touching to see your dear wife pray for America. She loves this nation deeply and prays like a saint.

          • Hi JUlie,

            Gwen and I are fine and very much looking forward to the GOE. My cousin Pat will be staying at the Holiday Inn. We thank you for your offer, but right now we expect to say at the Holiday Inn.

            We look forward to seeing you there.

            Blessings, Bill & Gwen

  41. But if we are to follow a calendar shouldn’t it be the accurate one? Not that I disagree with the standard Jewish calandar that you follow, but if keeping with the appointed times of the LORD, feasts, and sabbaths, means so much to God, shouldn’t we follow the right one? I mean because if we don’t follow the correct one then whats the difference between following the Gregorian Calander from the standard Jewish Calendar that the rabbis made up after being exiled from the land? I’m just curious, because isnt the whole point in celebrating biblical holidays to celebrate them in the specific day that it was appointed for us to do so? Im just trying to understand. And would the Biblical Hebrew sabbath day take place on the Gregorian calendar Saturday? Just looking at the standard Jewish calendar confuses me, especially the accurate Biblical Hebrew calendar, it is like reading an unknown language. This all would have neen easier if we still had our Jewish roots. do you think God would get mad if i serve Him with all of my heart yet follow after the gregorian calendar because i do not know anyone who follows the Jewish Calendar. the only way i would be able to follow and of those calendars is go live in Israel. God Bless You brother Morford.

    • Hi Aaron,

      Understand that in Bible times the first of each month was determined by a priest who went up on a certain hill around Jerusalem each day near the new moon to be sure the new moon had just risen, then he would declare the new month. The first of Nisan was determined by the barley harvest, which when the harvest would be ready within two weeks of the first of the month, the month was Nisan. When the harvest would not be ripe within two weeks, the month Adar was repeated (Second Adar). If we followed those two standards no calendar could be printed until the first of the month and then only for that month. A lunar month is 29 or 30 days. The current Jewish calendar is quite accurate from my observation. There is a full moon on the 14th and 15th of each month, a new moon at the first. It seems accurate to me, but I have never observed a new moon from any hill near Jerusalem. I have been in Jerusalem on occasion, but never gave a thought to looking at the moon on the first of a month – and do not know if I have been there for the first of a month. Read Jewish Calendar in Glossary of the One New Man Bible.

      The Sabbath is Saturday on the Gregorian calendar.

      Quite a few people use the Jewish CAlendar and the Gregorian.

      Blessings, Bill

    • Hi Aaron,

      My calendar is the standard because adopting any other would put me out sync with a host of friends. What was done in ancient Israel is explained in the Glossary article, Jewish Calendar. If we were to go to that, it would not be possible to print a calendar a year in advance, so I just stay with the standard.

      Blessings, Bill

    • Hi Dr. Parker,

      The best is to use a Hebrew concordance and a Greek concordance. If you do not have Hebrew and Greek scriptures or do not know some Hebrew and Greek, use an interlinear Bible coded with Strong’s numbers. Hendrickson Publishing has an interlinear coded with Strong’s by Jay P. Green. They also have a Hebrew concordance and a Greek concordance with Strong’s numbers. The concordances do not have dictionaries, just giving the words as translated in the KJV.

      I hope that helps you.

      Blessings, Bill

    • Hi Andrie,

      Thank you for writing. You can order through Amazon or call the publisher at
      864-836-4111. There are others who sell online, so you can try that, depending on where you are. Amazon and the publisher ship internationally. Anchor Distributers sells to bookstores internationally.

      Blessings, Bill

  42. Hi Bill,
    Isaiah 53:4 Wondered if you could give me some clarification on the word “sickness” in that verse. I am assuming it is physical and mental illness; and in verse 5, the word “healed” (by His wounds). Your footnote on verse 5 explains His sacrifice was for our deliverance and salvation. That also encompasses our healing (physically and mentally)? I have always thought that verse communicated the portion of His sacrifice that purchased (for lack of a better word) the healing of our bodies and minds. Someone told me recently that it actually means spiritual healing alone (salvation). But then I remembered somewhere where you communicated that our salvation/deliverance included healing and wholeness in every area.
    Am I on the right track?
    Does the word “borne” in verse 4 communicate taking it away from us (as in an exchange- He took, we receive)?
    Unless I am wrong, my assumption is that what we can receive from the sacrifice of Y’shua is what you have called Shalom, which is complete and offers healing and restoration (wholeness) in every area of our beings.
    I hope my questions are not a bother to you, but I really appreciate it when you share your valuable insight with me.

    • Hi Glenda Joy,

      The Hebrew word is Halaynu. With the first letter a khet, the meaning is sicknesses, grief. Sicknesses is the meaning, plural, with a suffix that makes it our sicknesses. That is plain, He bore our sicknesses.

      Blessings, Bill

  43. Greetings brother Bill,
    It is me again. =) In II Kings 23:19, there is a reference to ‘the Lord*’ and it is in italics in this text. I am curious about the meaning of the italics as this is the first time I have noticed it in connection to a Name of the LORD and I want to fully understand the significance. Thanks! glenda

    • Hi Glenda Joy,

      The name is in italics because it is added. The Hebrew simply says that the kings had made the high places to provoke to anger, with no reference to whom they provoked. That they did provoke the LORD is obvious from later scriptures. Josiah destroyed those places, but they were made before Josiah came on the scene, so they were not made to provoke Josiah.

      Blessings, Bill

  44. I forgot to ask about this clarification in my previous inquiry today.

    In II Kings 7:6, it has a reference to “the Lord” instead of “the LORD”. Is that Adonai instead of Jehovah? I am trying to keep track of the appearance of each of these Names and I wanted to verify with you which one it is. I wondered because sometimes when you refer to “the Lord, that Name, Adonai, is listed. Thanks for being so kind to answer my inquiries. Seems like a detail, but it is important to me to properly document each Name.
    If you would like me to use another email address for clarification inquiries, I would be happy to.

  45. Hi Bill,
    In my daily reading, I am in II Kings. As I have progressed through the One New Man Bible, I have made notes on the progression of the kings of both Israel and Judah as I have encountered them so they could be clear in my mind. When I arrived at II Kings 8, I saw something that was very confusing to me. Ahaziah and Jehoram. Unless I am off, there was a Jehoram in both Ahab and Jehosphat’s line, and a Ahaziah in both lines. I knew something was up when I noted the text said that Jehoram was the son of Jehosaphat (following him to be king of Judah) and Ahaziah (following him to be king of Israel), and that Ahaziah was the son of both Ahab (following him to be king of Israel) and Jehoram (following him to be king of Judah). Am I on the right track?
    Thanks in advance for your help in clarification.
    Glenda Clark

    • Hi Glenda Joy,

      You are right. As you continue this study you will find more kings of Judah and kings of Israel with the same names. It is confusing, so you are on the right track by noting the names of the fathers of those kings.

      Blessings, Bill

  46. Dear Mr Morford

    I began following Bill Bullock’s daily Torah lessons in September last year at the beginning of the current Torah cycle. I am blown away by what I am learning. But unfortunately my acceptance of the Torah lifestyle is causing conflict with my husband and Christian friends. The trouble is that there is so much that I myself do not understand, especially being brought up with our new Testament teaching of law vs grace etc and the many mistranslations. I do not want to become a nuisance but I have many questions and would like to know whether you are willing to answer my numerous questions on a regular basis as I come across things that confuse me?
    One question I have is how does Paul’s teaching in Romans 14 tie up with being true to Torah. (The whole food issue and adherence to Sabbath are major points of conflict.)
    I am looking for a new Bible that is true to the Hebrew translation so I was very excited to see yours advertised at our local Christian book store. I plan to check it out today.


    • Hi Colleen,

      I understand your predicament and will be happy to answer all your questions. Reading Romans 14 in the Onew New Man Bible may answer your question about that, but for any quetions you have feel free to email me at wjm23@earthlink.net. That will be easier to work with.

      Blessings, Bill

  47. Mr. Morford,
    My wife and I gave each other the One New Man Bible for a Christmas present in 2012. Talk about a GIFT that keeps on giving. It has already given us hours of discussion on the things of God. So thank you for the investment of time you poured into this translation. We find it amazing!

    One question. I Samuel 13, says that Saul reigned two years. I was under the impression he served 40 years as king. Am I missing something?

    Don Clark

    • Hi Don,

      Thank you for writing.

      The forty years is from Acts 13:21, but actual time comes from 1 Sam.. besides 1 Sam. 13:1 stating two years, we have the Ark of the Covenant in the house of Abinidab for twenty years, 1 Sam. 7:1,2. Those twenty years included the judgeship of Samuel, the reign of Saul, and the the first seven and a half years of David’s reign, so forty years is not possible.

      Blessings, Bill

  48. Hello again –

    There are many ironies in my discovery of your website. One is that I am working on an article titled ‘How Jewish are we?” (meaning Christians).

    Another is that I am currently reading The Jewish Annotated New Testament (Amy-Jill Levine). Any thoughts on that text?

    I also write a blog (http://www.esl-lesson-plan.com/). I’ve been a college level teacher for many years now, and am ready for something completely different, preferably in a writing direction. In fact I may be available this summer if you know of any writing/thinking/exploring ventures I could take part in.
    No need to post this on your blog. Please use my email address for a response – mmorf@mail.com.

    My best to you -

    • Hi Morf,

      Good to hear from you again. I will email you, but want to add here that I know who Amy-Jill Levine is and have seen her on TV interviews. She is a professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt University – very sharp.

      Blessings, Bill

  49. Greetings –

    I just found your website today and could not resist writing to you.

    I am guessing that you and I are related. I am a descendant of Cary Morford of Kansas.

    We have more than blood in common. Here’s a link to some of my recent columns http://www.redletterchristians.org/author/morf-morford/.

    I also write poetry. I live in the Pacific Northwest.

    Blessings -

    • Hi Morf,

      It is a wonderful surprise to hear from another Morford! We probably are related somewhere in the distant past. The first Morfords in the US came with Roger Williams to what is now Rhode Island in the 1600s. At least one of them went down to New Jersey around 1700 and was instrumental in founding the town of Red Bank. My great grandfather had a large farm there which my grandfather left over a hundred years ago. There are Morfords now in many sections of the US and many of them could well have migrated from NJ. Your website shows shows you are truly a free thinker – a quality we need in greater measure.

      Blessings, Bill

  50. Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I to find It really helpful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to offer something again and help others such as you aided me.

  51. Greetings Mr. Morford,
    I, like the others that are posting, really love this Bible. It is most excellent! One question. I am beginning a study on the names of God, and I highlight in color code the different names as they appear in the Bible. (I began in Genesis). It is very interesting to me the timing of the revealing of each name. Now the question. Was it ever a consideration for you to use the actual Hebrew names (Elohim, Jehovah, etc.) in the text, as opposed to in the notes? Oh, one more question. In Exodus 14:4, there is a reference to I am the LORD, instead of I AM the LORD. Was wondering if that text does not include Anokhi. I am still in kindergarten in this area, but had questions that I knew you could answer. Thanks for your work. It is assisting me in knowing the names of God, and therefore, more about Him who I love. =)

    Bless you,

    • Hi Glenda,

      Thank you for your comments and questions. There was a desire to use Hebrew names to some extent, but after more thought, I went with English with very few exceptions, like Miriam and Y’shua.

      The I am in Exodus 14:4 should be I AM, not bold because it is not Anokhi. The Hebrew has Ani, which should be I AM, so some future printing will have that change.

      Your quest for the names of God is rewarding and fun. Blessings on your quest.

      Blessings, Bill

      • Thank you for your gracious reply. I have another question that may seem simple, but I am trying to understand. Regarding the Names of God, I am gaining an understanding of Names such as- Elohim, Jehovah, I AM and others. What is a bit confusing to me is where one of those names is connected to another description of something God has done. For example, Exodus 15:26. In that verse, I find- “for I AM the LORD, Who heals you”. Is this Jehovah Rapha?
        As I have continued the study on the Names of God I have learned many things about the One I serve that I never knew. One day I was praying and telling the LORD that I wanted to know more. I received a response that surprised me. I heard “when you first meet someone, what is the very first thing you ask them?”. What is your name? That is apparently Level One in knowing the LORD. I committed my life to the LORD in 1974 and I am just now asking His name? That boggles my mind! I have a lot of catching up to do! Everything I learn helps me to understand the power resident in the Name of Jesus. Colossians 2:9.
        God has used you in my life in the wonderful adventure!

        • Hi Glenda,

          Thank you very much for writing again.

          Your new question: concerning Jehovah Rapha, the literal is the LORD Rophekha, “Who is healing you,” present tense. That word has been shortened to Rapha, but not in Scripture. Rapha is just handier.

          Blessings, Bill

      • Hi Bill,
        FYI. I sent this correction to Chelsey at True Potential Media so they could make the change you suggested for her review list.
        In my business, I am editing and proofing a project, and it is hard to turn that off when I read anything else. =)
        Happy to serve you in any way.

    • Hi Joseph,

      Thank you for writing. There are many interpretations of the beast and the false prophet, but the Lord has not given me an interpretation of them, so I leave that to others. What my burden is concerns what the Church should be doing today, right now. My impression is the we need to teach and promote holiness for all believers, to teach also to move in the gifts of the Spirit so all believers will be equipped to function as priests, and also to teach on Jewish Roots to bring the present day Church in line with the first century Church.

      Blessings, Bill

  52. “William Morford | onenewmanbible.com” was
    extremely enjoyable and informative! Within the
    present day universe honestly, that is challenging to achieve.
    Thank you, Jame

  53. Abolish or Fulfill
    Matthew 5:17-18 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
    So then …. What does “abolish” bring about? Now …. What does “fulfill” bring about? Take note that Jesus said he came to do one and NOT the other. They cannot, therefore, mean the same thing. However, we are informed by church leaders that they DO bring about the same result.
    Think about it. According to the American Heritage Dictionary “abolish” means — “To do away with; put an end to.” And yet what are we told “fulfill” means? The definition given to us is the same. “To do away with; put an end to.” The Greek word for fulfill here is
    pleroo. It’s the same word used for Matt. 3:15 When Jesus is baptized by John …
    Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill (pleroo)
    all righteousness.” Then John consented. According to the interpretation the Church gives Matt. 5:17-18 regarding Fulfill, we don’t have to worry about righteousness since Christ fulfilled it at His baptism. Sounds absurd doesn’t it?
    The next thing that Jesus states in Matt. 5 is that not one thing will be removed from the Law ’til everything is accomplished. “everything is accomplished” is a direct referral to all prophecy being completed. This is NOT a referral to the cross when Jesus stated “It is finished” because there was and is prophecy yet to be fulfilled. Pentecost was just one thing that had to be fulfilled AFTER the cross. V. 18 in Matt. 5 is a direct point to Rev. 21:5-6.
    Revelation 21:5-6 5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
    6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.
    All prophecy is completed at that point…When Heaven and Earth are made new. It shouldn’t be any surprise then that Jesus said “Until Heaven and Earth pass away…” in the context of all of the Law and Prophets being fulfilled! According to Peter, we are still waiting for that to happen…
    2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
    If you ask most people today, I am sure they will agree that this is still the same Heaven and Earth that Yeshua/Jesus walked on during His statements in Matthew 5.
    It’s interesting how the church, in all it’s fascination with prophecy, will cling to the news of the day as they watch for prophecy to unfold but conveniently cast aside the Law. That which the Lord Himself said would NOT be done away with until ALL prophecy is completed (Matt. 5:18). Let’s look at some other places this word is used …
    Rom. 15:13 ¶ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    So does this mean to do away with or put an end to all your joy and peace? I don’t think so.
    Col. 1:25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness —
    So does this mean to do away with the word of God? Of course not. So why does the Church tell us that this word means “to do away with” or “put an end to” in Matthew Ch 5? It just doesn’t make sense. We also see Pleroo used in a past tense form in James 2:23
    And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.
    It doesn’t mean to do away with or put an end to. It simply means to bring to fruition in ones life. So the law is to be lived out in our life with Christ as our example. Remember, obedience to the law is NOT our salvation, it’s the fruit – the evidence, of our salvation.
    We hope that you have enjoyed this teaching. As always, remember to continue to test everything.

    • Hi Carlos,

      You are right on abolish. Fulfill means to complete. You have a good understanding, but that would be enhanced by using the One New Man Bible for your quotes. Old traditional translations are confusing.

      Blessings, Bill

    • This sunday I heard a sermon on judging using the Gospels only it was confusing and not really that effective as the pastor was useing corrective teaching meant mostly for Jews when we are today a New Testament church . Remember the “church” only started after pentecost.
      Jesus was in the old covenant when he taught the gospels.It seems to me that the confusion comes in when we dont look at the pupose of Jesus being there with the specific people group when he taught the gospels. In the gospels He did miracles and prophecied to show he was God. He specifically only intially chose the Jews as “salavtion come first to the Jew and then to the gentile.”Also look at His words to the Cannanite women Math 15 ;21-28 .Jesus did help her but look at verse 24. The outreach to the gentiles only started after Peter had his vision ,as either Peter did not listen when he was with Jesus or Jesus never taught Peter about reaching out to the Gentiles. I assume it was the later from his reaction and that of the other apostles. When you read the Gospels keeping in mind that it was mostly a Jewish audiance needing corrective teaching from what their own leaders were telling them you will find that you will not be as confused. The new covenant is in the old covenant (see Ezekial) The fullfilment of the law it seems was Christs finished work on the cross when he satisfied all the righteous requiremnts of the law by dying on the cross and paying for the sin of the whole word. The law was given to point out our sin Paul said it made us sin more. Why go back to the old covenat of keeping the law when we have Jesus who is a guaantee of a better covenant. See Hebrews 7:18-22 Also lets not judge each other as i dont think anyone of us knows the scriptures perfectly but rejoice that our names are written in the lambs book of life !! I was wondering how many Jews still read /believe the Talmud as a guide for their lives?

      • Hi Murray,

        First, remove the word “law” from your vocabulary. Second, see Matt. 5:18. For truly I say to you: until the sky and the Earth would pass away, not one yod or one vav could ever pass away from the Torah (Teaching), until everything would come to pass. (Luke 16:17, Heb. 10:28) If we still have the sky and the earth, then not even the smallest, “soft” letters can be removed from the Torah. The “church” was not established during the first century, but officially in 325 AD by Constantine. The congregation was established by Y’shua and the apostles. When Paul wrote that all scripture was “God breathed” he was referring to the Hebrew text.

        Blessings, Bill

    • Pastor Morford, I have a question regarding Passover. If on eve of Passover Meal, you are suppose to kill a lamb, roast & eat, then during the Sedar meal, when Jesus ate with disciples, why didn’t they roast a lamb? Did they celebrate it one day early? Because wasn’t Jesus killed the exact time when they killed Passover Lamb?

      • Hi Cathy,

        This is a thought-provoking question. The answer lies in Mtthew 26:17. And at the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Y’shua saying, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Seder?” 18. And He said, “You must go into the city to a certain man and you must say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near, I shall celebrate the Seder with My disciples at your house.’” Mark 14:12 also has the question about where to prepare the Seder, while in Luke it is 22:7-13. See Seasons of the Lord in Glossary to get the whole picture, but after Y’shua ate the Seder, then went to Gethsemane where He was arrested. When they prepared the meal, the first step was to kill the lamb. Y’shua was crucified on Passover, the same day they ate the Seder. Remember, the Jewish day starts at sundown, so it ends at sundown twenty-four hours later. Y’shua was killed after the Passover lamb was killed. As sundown started the new day of Unleavened Bread, which is a Sabbath, He was already in his tomb. See Preparation Day in Glossary for this timetable.

        Blessings, Bill

    • Who is this guy Carlos? I”ve been teaching this to my children for years and when confronting the clergy about this I’m too leaglistic. I want to say to brother Carlos right on and say Blessing on you.
      Jose G.

  54. Acts 10
    I remember speaking to a Sunday school teacher one morning about the vision Peter had in Acts 10. This is the vision where Peter saw all kinds of animals coming down from Heaven in a sheet and heard a voice saying to kill and eat, yet Peter refused.
    When I told him that this was about the gentiles he looked at me with a blank face and said “I’ve never thought of that before.” His whole premise of understanding Acts 10 was on the basis of food only. The sad part of this is that the purpose of the vision has NOTHING to do with food.
    Let’s read the text. ….
    Acts 10:9 And on the next day, as they were on their way, and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.
    Acts 10:10 And he became hungry, and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance;
    Acts 10:11 and he beheld the sky opened up, and a certain object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground,
    Acts 10:12 and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air.
    Acts 10:13 And a voice came to him, “Arise, Peter, kill and eat!”
    Acts 10:14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.”
    Acts 10:15 And again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.”
    Acts 10:16 And this happened three times; and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.
    Acts 10:17 Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, behold, the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions for Simon’s house, appeared at the gate;
    I’ve heard some say “If God didn’t want Peter to eat the unclean animals in the sheet, then why did he tell him to?”. With this in mind, then why did God tell Abraham to kill Isaac? Did He REALLY want Abraham to kill his son? Of course not. Consider the fact of how even Peter was curious to the meaning of the vision in v.17.
    Acts 10:17 Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, …
    Why couldn’t he accept it at face value? Why was he perplexed for the meaning?
    If you were given a vision of a sheet coming down from heaven filled with innocent people along with a gun and then you heard a voice say “Take the gun. Shoot and kill”, would your response not be the same as Peter’s? Why? Because you would consider that a basic command of the Lord to abide by. Would you not be disturbed by that vision knowing that He commanded you to do something that you KNOW is contrary to His word? Likewise for Peter, this was a basic and elementary command for a Hebrew to follow. They were not allowed to eat unclean animals.
    And if unclean animals were now clean for food, why all these years later after Christ was crucified was Peter STILL not eating unclean animals? He made it very clear that he had NEVER eaten such animals and had no intention to eat these.
    He saw the vision 3 times – 3 gentiles came to the door. Verse 28 shows Peter’s conclusion to the meaning of the vision.
    Acts 10:28 28 … But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean.
    Food is never mentioned as apart of the interpretation as to what God was showing him.
    Peter had not eaten ANY of these unclean animals all this time since Christ. Doesn’t it only make sense that IF this vision was to include the cleansing of unclean animals for food that Peter would have made mention of it?
    Like Peter, we need to stay grounded in the Word so we do not allow ourselves to be carried away by error. The vision of unclean animals representing Gentiles and then becoming holy/set apart is not unique. The prophets already spoke of this using the exact same language!
    Ho 2:18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.
    Ho 2:23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.
    God reveals His plan to the prophets first (Amos 3:7). Peter was not receiving anything new, just something that was already established as true.
    Even when Peter explains it all to the brothers in Jerusalem (found in chapter 11) it’s not mentioned regarding food. Never.
    Peter even informed the brothers of his refusal to eat the unclean animals in the vision he had from the Lord.
    Acts 11:8 “But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
    If the other brothers were eating unclean animals under the belief of the Lord calling them clean, wouldn’t Peter’s confession to refuse the Lord been an embarrassment to him? As it is, Peter uses it for his defense to the brothers that he was being obedient to the written word of God. Look at the conclusion decided then by the brothers in Jerusalem…
    Acts 11:18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.”
    Not one thing mentioned about unclean animals as food here. Not one.
    This is one of the few visions where we actually receive the interpretation in the text itself, – not once, but twice. What sense does it make to inject our own interpretation of the vision and ignore the interpretation given to us?
    Not only this, the implication is clear through it all that Peter and the disciples continued in the dietary instructions found in the law.
    Think about it. It would have been equally HUGE news to the Jew’s to hear that unclean animals were now considered “food”.
    So why is it not made mention of? Because that wasn’t the purpose of the vision.
    The whole purpose of the vision was to get the Jews out from under the influence of the Pharisees and teachers of the law. Look at what Peter said when he arrived at the house of Cornelius. …
    Acts 10:28 He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with a Gentile or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean.
    Nowhere in the scriptures do we find this to be true. This was NOT God’s law. It was man’s law. It was strictly rabbinical and NOT of God. And so the Father brought this vision to bring His people back to the true meaning of who Israel is to be – as stated in the book of Numbers …
    Num. 15:15 The community is to have the same rules for you and for the alien living among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the alien shall be the same before the LORD.
    Num. 15:16 The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the alien living among you.’”
    We hope you have enjoyed this teaching. Remember, continue to test everything.

  55. John 1:17 (NKJV)
    For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
    Notice how the NKJV inserts a “but” in italics, thus linguistically pitting the first half of the sentence against the later half.
    This would render the understanding…Moses gave us the law, but the law is done with, because now we have grace and truth.
    First, let’s take care of the “but”
    There is no “but” in the Greek.
    That is why it is in italics, the NKJV just inserts it. Other translations render it differently.
    John 1:17 (NASB) …no “but”
    John 1:17 (NIV) …no “but”
    John 1:17 (ESV) …no “but”
    So, straight from the Greek, without adding words to suit translator bias, it should
    be rendered as the NASB does indeed render it, no “but” ….
    John 1:17 (NASB)
    For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
    So, is the law that came as written by Moses, contrary to grace and truth? Did truth exist before Yeshua?
    Yes, in fact, it is the same thing as the law:
    Psalm 119:142
    Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.
    Did grace exist before Yeshua? Yes, it most certainly did:
    Genesis 6:8
    But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
    Exodus 33:12
    Then Moses said to the LORD, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’
    So what did John really mean in John 1:17, because so far, scripturally speaking, it does not seem to make sense.
    Grace and truth is not new, it most certainly existed before Yeshua.
    And we also clearly realize that grace and truth is not against the Law of God in any capacity.
    In Matthew 5:17, Yeshua said that He came to fulfill, or pleroo, the law of God. It literally means to fully preach the law of God, as “pleroo” is also translated in Romans 15:19.
    Thus, we understand that Moses wrote the law of God down for us, but Yeshua fully preached, or fully taught the correct interpretation of the Law of God, He revealed the full truth of the law, the same truth of the law that Psalm 119:42 already declared.
    As Yeshua perfectly practiced it and modeled it as our example, He became our perfect example of truth…truth manifested in front of us as the Word made flesh.
    So John’s statement is a little more clear now….
    John 1:17 (NASB)
    For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
    Meaning, Yeshua did not negate what Moses wrote, but the complete reality of the truth of what Moses wrote was fully taught by Yeshua.
    But what about grace.
    Again, clearly grace existed before Yeshua.
    Here is the difference though.
    Grace existed before Yeshua, but the means of grace was Yes The cross was the manifestation of Yahweh’s grace for man…grace that already existed in plan, but the plan manifested into reality through Yeshua.
    Thus, where Moses simply wrote the law down, and we were left to try to correctly understand and interpret it, Yeshua did two additional things.
    Yeshua took what Moses wrote, and interpreted it perfectly for us in practice, as our example….and He also became our means to grace.
    Some try to have the law be against grace and truth, but clearly, that understanding is not compatible with the scriptures.
    We hope that this teaching has blessed you, and remember, continue to test everything.

    • Hi Carlos,

      For me to respond in detail, you will have to quote from the One New Man Bible. When you talk about Law and other inapropriate translations, the meaning of the Scripture is too distorted.

      Blessings, Bill

      • Hi Bill, your right let me get back into it plus I have a question have you ever thought in bringing out the one new man bible in Spanish? this is Somthing Spanish speaking people would need .

        • Hi Carlos,

          At some point the publisher will have a Spanish translation, but I have no idea of the timing. That is strictly up to the publisher.

          Blessings, Bill

  56. GRACE
    Ever heard someone say that the Old Testament was under the law but from the cross on we’re under grace? Well, what does that mean? And what is grace? What does grace mean to you? Let’s look at some NT scriptures and see what we come up with.
    1Cor. 5:1 ¶ It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife.
    1Cor. 5:2 And you have become arrogant, and have not mourned instead, in order that the one who had done this deed might be removed from your midst.
    1Cor. 5:3 For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present.
    1Cor. 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
    1Cor. 5:5 I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
    Wow. Removed from there midst and even delivered over to Satan. Does that sound like grace to you? It must be ’cause that’s what they were under.
    Acts 5:1 ¶ Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.
    Acts 5:2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
    Acts 5:3 ¶ Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?
    Acts 5:4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.”
    Acts 5:5 ¶ When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.
    Acts 5:7 ¶ About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Acts 5:8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” ¶ “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”
    Acts 5:9 ¶ Peter said to her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
    Acts 5:10 ¶ At that moment she fell down at his feet and died.
    Wow! Ananias and Sapphira lied to the church concerning the money of the sale of their property. Peter then said that they weren’t lying to man but the Holy Spirit. And then they were struck dead! Does that sound like grace to you? It must be ’cause that’s what they we’re under. James 5:9 Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
    “Don’t grumble against each other, … or you will be judged”…? Does that sound like grace to you? It must be ’cause that’s what we’re under.
    Gal. 1:9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
    Eternally condemned?!?! Does that sound like grace to you? It must be ’cause that’s what we’re under.
    Heb. 10:26 ¶ If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,
    Heb. 10:27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
    Heb. 10:28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
    Heb. 10:29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
    Heb. 10:30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”
    Heb. 10:31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
    Wow. Believers who are deliberately disobedient will be consumed with the enemies of God? Does that sound like grace to you? It must be ’cause that’s what we’re under.
    What is grace? That’s a big question. So better yet, what is grace not?
    Jude 4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
    Grace is NOT a license to sin nor is it a license to over look sin.
    Rom. 6:1 ¶ What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
    Rom. 6:2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
    We hope you have enjoyed this study. Remember to always test everything. Shalom

    • Hi Carlos,

      Drop the “law” from your bibles, substituting Teaching, and you will be right more than 90% of the time. Grace is God’s forgiveness in action. When we repent we are still not perfect – no one will be perfect, but the repentant will be saved. His Grace accepts true repentance, since He looks at the heart and knows true repentance over empty words.

      Blessings, Bill

  57. In Acts 13:38 you have translated “tradition of Moses”. What does this mean? I understand traditions of men, which I believe the pharisees were experts at, but how do the two terms differ?

    • Hi Sharon,

      Tradition of Moses was the beginning of the oral law that developed 200-300 years later. It involved such things in Jesus’ day as defining what could or could not be carried on the Sabbath. Legalism was what Jesus was talking about. There is an article in the Glossary on that.

      Blessings, Bill

  58. Hi Mr. Morford!

    I actually haven’t purchased the “ONM” bible yet but very eager to. As I was browsing your website I noticed the questions/comments and there is a particular question someone posed that I have really been desiring God to give me understanding on. Whenever this topic arise it ALWAYS leaves feeling either unsure or confused because there are so many interpretations. Regarding “Keeping the Sabbath”, I recently had a very good friend of mine become of Seven Day Adventist and as I’m sure you know the basis of their particular belief system is keeping the sabbath. So it really got me to thinking, okay I have always gone to worship service Sunday and always thought that was an observance that no longer had to be followed. I think about when Jesus made the statment “Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” and that he is Lord even over the “Sabbath”. I think about the many people that are not “able to keep the sabbath”, I just really want to really understand this because I desire to please the Father. So if you could break this down for me I would really appreciate it. I have personally read through the scriptures concerning Sabbath in the old and new testament and I am still unsure.

    Thank you for your time and God bless!

    • Hi Christine,

      Thanks for asking – a very pertinent question. The Seventh Day Adventists are right – the correct day is the true seventh day. Nothing in the New Testament changes that. It is to be a day spent with the Lord and also to be a day of rest. That is why Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. It is for us to set aside time with Him and also to rest – no work, no shopping, just the pleasure of time with Him and time for family. We are not to make rules though and set rigid legalistic definitions of what cannot be done or what must be done, but know the Scriptural proscriptions and understand what God said about the Holy Day. The Church needs to transition to the True Sabbath, Saturday, but until any given church does that it is important for its members to know and do what Scripture says. Our actions are more important than which day we honor Shabbat.

      Blessings, Bill

      • I purchase your bible and I have a question I notice that some verses don’t line up with kj verses its off for example when you check the quotes. I would have to check one verse up or one verse down yours would say Somthing in verse 25 and when I compare with the other does not match it’s off

        • Shalom Carlos,

          Our first English translations were made from Latin and that tradition is still strong. Some verses were mis-translated from Hebrew or Greek centuries ago and that tradition persists to this day. The One New Man Bible does have differences from other English bibles, which was the reason the One Man Bible was written.

          Blessings, Bill

          • Shalom again: bill it would be nice if this OMB came also in Spanish it would be really good for us I’m Puerto Rico

  59. Hi,

    I was reading the One New Man Bible, Mark 5:41 – And when He took the and of the child He said to her, “Prayer shawl rise!”.
    Is this the translation or is there a typing mistake.

    I am not criticizing but only want to know.

    • Hi M,

      The explanation is in a footnote: the Greek text has “talita coum” the Hebrew for “prayer shawl rise”. This is not a mistake, but what really went on.

      Blessings, Bill

  60. Hi Morford. I write this message because I care about you. I hope that you genuinely care for souls. You write in your “One New Man Bible”, in GLOSSARY, page 1739, about “Ignored Commandments” that: “Some commands are ignored because of societal evolution. These would include stoning as well as capital punishment for immorality and failure to honor the Sabbath. While the punishment specified in Scripture is no longer followed, the spiritual element is still there – spiritual death, the loss of eternal life.

    What you say is against the promise of salvation through Jesus. “…the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NKJ Rom. 6:23). You say that we loss eternal life if don’t follow the commandments of the old convenient, like the Sabbath. This is heresy, because the crystal clear message of the gospel is that one should live through Jesus and get our righteousness through faith in Jesus. “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” (NKJ 1 John 5:11).

    Now I can clearly see that the religious movement “Messianic Judaism” is a perverted Christian cult claiming to follow the messiah but killing His fruit by upholding the old convenient/Law, sawing in the flesh and reaping fresh sin, leading to spiritual death. Paul said sharply “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (NKJ Gal. 1:8)
    Well I know you know the Bible! You translated it from Greek! But you did so with an unrighteous mind. I fear that God will judge you harshly. Because no one can obey the law without being judged by the law. And you will not be under the grace of Jesus if you forsake his work to observe the old convent. All this you must know!?

    The Bible warns us: “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (NKJ 2 Thess. 2:9-10)
    Now I know that the messianic community is perverting the gospel at all fronts. Perhaps it’s futile of me trying to save you and any other that perhaps read this! But one should know that the Messianic Judaism movement is an evil boidae, slowly suffocating the minds of the believers in Jesus.
    It’s foolish to believe that one can obtain the blessings of following the law without getting the curse when breaking the law. I know this is a BIG heresy in Messianic Judaism – that Jesus shed his blood so one could continue following the law without the curse of breaking the law. This is Satan that has fooled you to believe such an anti-gospel thought! We are to die from the law according to Romans chapter 7!

    “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. (NKJ Heb. 4:4-6)
    I beg of you to repent and stop observing the old convent! “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (NKJ Gal. 3:3) The old convents of the old testament has ended with Jesus, and we are now to live through the hope in Jesus: “In that He says, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. (NKJ Heb. 8:13) “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant,..” (NKJ Heb. 12:22-24)

    Please repent before it’s too late.

    • Shalom: Samuel. I belonged to a Pentecost church at the beginning me and my wife said that the messianic hebrew roots they all crazy! Picture us going back to to the ways of the old law! The fact is jesus and the disciples were jews we all know that but read Matt 23:1.2.3 and Jesus said to the crowd and to the disciples!! That the Pharisee and the the teachers of the law who seat in Moses seat so you must listen and (obey) do what they say but do not do what they do for they do not practice what they preach. Wow my Jesus said this out of his mouth I know he’s not going to confuse me the New Testament did not even exsit when he said this. one more thing he did not come to abolish the law (torah)nor the profits I know you know the rest. nothing is to be taking out remember jesus was a Jew we must do our homework. we are seed of Abraham. we enter god covenant not our own the only way to love god is to keep his commands that my brother is his teaching and instruction (torah)a guide to your walk please check what means I’m the (truth)in a ancient hebrew meaning you would be surprise the whole scriptures was hebrew later translated in other languages I must walk like jesus and his disciples walked keeping the feast the new moon, and his sabbaths which he wrote with his finger. because it is written. it goes like this or is jesus way or Constantine way which way do you follow.

      • Hi Carlos,

        Thank you for expressing your heart. Yes, our choice is to follow either the teachings of Jesus or the teachings of Constantine.

        Blessings, Bill

    • FAQ – Galatians 5:4 – Is Observing God’s Law Falling From Grace?
      Is following the Law of God opposing to grace? What did Paul mean when he accused the Galatians of falling from grace? What did they do? How does our Savior become of no effect?
      Ga 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
      Since Galatians is a letter , not a single verse written with a specific context, we should determine and that for our understanding.
      Galatians were being falsely taught to keep God’s Law for salvation.
      False teachers (“Circumcision Party” – Ga 2:7-12; 5:12 and “Works of Law” – Ga 2:16;3:2;3:5;3:10) began promoting their doctrine (“oral law”) which required Gentiles to be circumcised in a certain way to be justified for salvation (saved).
      Ga 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
      This theme continues throughout Galatians (i.e. Ga 2:21; 3:2; 3:3; 3:5; 3:11; 5:4).
      “Works of Law”
      Qumran document 4QMMT (4Q394-5) gives us some insight into a Jewish sect in the first century, called “Works of Law.” The Jewish Works of Law believed many things that were contrary to God’s Law and also taught that Gentiles could not be saved. They were not living God’s Law in faith, but living their own invented law – which was a twisted form of God’s Law and a similar practice of the 6 sects of the Pharisees. Their doctrine was very similar to those of the Circumcision Party. This would be why Galatians 6:13 states that this group, which is supposedly teaching God’s Law for salvation, but does not even keep God’s Law themselves.
      “Circumcision Party”
      The Jewish sect of the “Circumcision Party” appears in Acts 10:45;11:2; 15; Ga 2:7-12 Ga 5:12; Eph. 2:11; Titus 1:10.
      This knowledge makes this verse become more clear:
      Ga 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen
      from grace.
      Trying to be justified by the law is the same as falling from grace. We are justified into salvation by grace through faith, not by obedience to the Law of God.
      Does that mean we are to not be obedient to the “law of God” in our faith?
      No, of course not. Paul also wrote:
      Ro 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Ro 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
      Ro 7:22 For I delight in the “law of God” after the inward man:Ro 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the “law of sin” which is in my members.
      Y’shua (Jesus) even said:
      Mt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I do not come to destroy, but to
      fulfill (with meaning).
      Mt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all (law and prophets) be fulfilled.
      Mt 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
      Y’shua (Jesus) stated that not one of God’s commandments was to be “abolished” or “put an end to” until all of the Law and Prophets are fulfilled and Heaven and earth pass away.
      Heaven and earth passing away by being made new is the last prophetic event foretold in scripture. Isaiah 65:17 “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be
      remembered, nor will they come to mind.
      Revelation 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,
      Please note that this event has clearly not yet happened.
      Y’shua (Jesus) states that all of God’s Law will exist at LEAST UNTIL the day that the Lord states:
      Revelation 21:5-6 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
      Christ’s work on the cross for our salvation is finished (John 19:30), but the Lord is not yet finished with what has been said in all of His Law and Prophets until He says, “It is done.” This statement is signaled by the new Heaven and New Earth.
      If this scripture is true, then what scriptural gymnastics do some teachers employ to avoid such a conclusion?
      Well, if they touch the verse at all, it creates quite an embarrassing mess.
      Some teach that in Matthew 5:1, fulfill means “to put and end to” or to “finish.” This is done (by their own admission) to avoid the clear teaching of Jesus that not one of God’s commandments are to pass away from the law. This also preserves their misinterpretations of Paul’s letters.
      If this interpretation is indeed true, we should be able to apply such teaching to scripture, and it should make logical sense – as God is not the author of confusion. We are commanded to test all things and only hold on to what is good (1 Thes. 5:20). Let’s test the teaching that “fulfill” means “to put and end to” or “finish”, instead of the theory that “fulfill” simply means to “fill up the whole and complete meaning” of God’s Law.
      Can “fulfill” in Mt 5:17 mean “to put an end to?Mt 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I do not come to destroy (the law), but to “put and end (to the law”)
      Mt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all (law and prophets) be fulfilled.
      Double huh?
      Mt 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments (that I just put an end to), and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them (even though I put an end to them), the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
      Triple huh?
      There are only two possible interpretations of “fulfill” in Matthew 5:17.
      1) One is that Y’shua (Jesus) came to “fulfill the real meaning of God’s law” which the Pharisees polluted through their oral law. This makes sense because anytime Y’shua (Jesus) was around the Pharisees, this was precisely the point and purpose of all of His teachings. Y’shua was the walking Torah taught us how to correctly walk the way God wants us to walk in His law, and not the way men want us to walk in God’s law.
      2) The second is that “fulfill” in Matthew 5:17 means to “complete, finish, or put an end to.” All one has to do is insert that definition into the context of the scripture to witness how such an interpretation is illogical and absurd.
      A literal rendering of the Greek, technically accepts either interpretation.
      G4137 pleroo play-ro’-o from G4134;
      to make replete, i.e. (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.:–accomplish, X after, (be) complete, end, expire, fill (up), fulfil, (be, make) full(come), fully preach, perfect, supply. (Strong’s)
      The only interpretation of “fulfill” that fits the context and avoids logical absurdities is the one in which Jesus is teaching that He will make full or fully preach God’s law.
      Y’shua (Jesus) came to fully preach and teach us the full meaning of God’s law.
      The Galatians made the mistake of applying the false doctrine which taught that they must be circumcised for salvation. This is legalism, not simple obedience.
      1Ti 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
      We know that they were incorrectly using the “law of God” lawfully, but incorrectly.
      We are to keep the Law of God to express our love back to Him, not to try to earn salvation.
      John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
      John 14:21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
      John 14:23-24 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”
      John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
      1 John 2:4-5 “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”
      1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
      2nd John 1:6 “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.”
      We are to be obedient to the Law of God because of our salvation not for our salvation. 1Jn 4:19 We love him (obedience), because he first loved us (grace).
      Obedience is simply the evidence of our faith (James 2:26).
      Paul was simply trying to bring the Galatians back into God’s grace through faith and teach against the error of using the Law of God for salvation. Nowhere in all of Galatians does Paul teach that we should not keep the Law of God in obedience. If he did, he would be contradicting himself, Y’shua (Jesus), and countless other verses in Scripture.
      Ask yourself the hard questions. Ask others. Ask the Word. Test your faith. Challenge yourself. Test everything.

    • I am often told that this allegory definitively shows that God’s law is bondage, and is not only to be set aside, but is to be cast out, and those that desire to obey the law of God are the children of Hagar. But is that the background of what Paul is teaching?
      The first four and a half chapters of this book have been teaching us that redemption and sonship are not acquired by obedience to God’s law, or any law, for that matter. We have already established that many times over. The focus on inheritance, the seed, and relationship precedes the allegory of Hagar and Sarah. Man is saved by grace through faith, and it is this gift from God that establishes the relationship. Inheritance, i.e. the promise, can only be obtained through relationship. There is one question I wish for you to keep in mind as we study these passages and that is, ‘When did that relationship begin?’
      Galatians 4:21 – 23 “Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise;”
      I think that one of two key verses is verse 21. Who are those who desire to be under the law? …and is the desire to obey the law the same thing as being ‘under the law’? This might be one of those occasions where it would behoove to study what is covered in Romans several times, because the 6th chapter of Romans defines for us what it means to be under the law. Suffice it to say for now, however, that to be ‘under the law’ means to be ‘under the dominion of sin’, which is called the ‘old man’ in Romans 6:6.
      Those who desire to be under the law, or otherwise, are attempting to establish righteousness without trust and relationship through faith. They are doing it on the basis of obedience to the law alone.
      As we will see, the covenant at Mt. Sinai cannot stand alone, because the covenant of Sinai cannot save man or atone for him. Paul tells those who desire to be under the law that their inability to be heirs of the promise by obedience to the law is actually written in the law. He shows this by the use of allegory. He begins by using two very familiar women, and one man, from scripture: Hagar, Sarah, and Abraham. It is imperative to know the story of these three, for it is their actions that form the basis for the comparison.
      The story, found in Genesis Chapters 16 through 21, tells of a promise by God to Abraham and Sarah that even in their old age they would bear a child that would carry the seed of the woman, that the everlasting covenant would go through him, and that his seed would produce a multitude of nations. Abraham and Sarah were already of the seed of the woman through the same eternal covenant of faith (more about this later).
      As time went on, Abraham and Sarah began to lose their trust in God’s words and soon took it upon themselves to establish this promise by their own works and by their own ways. Abraham, in a scene similar to Adam in the garden, listens to his wife, does not trust God and produces a child, Ishmael, by means of a maid named Hagar. This son, because he was produced by works rather than trust, could not be Abraham’s heir, because he was not produced by relationship through trust, or by faith. The seed of faith was through Isaac because his birth was the result of Abraham and Sarah’s trust in their ‘Father’ God, and so children of faith are produced by children of faith. Inheritance is not earned, but acquired by birth and given by promise.
      Galatians 4:24–26 “Which things are an allegory; for these are the two covenants; the one from the Mount Sinai, bearing children for bondage. who is Hagar. For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.”
      The difference between Hagar and Sarah is the basis for the two covenants. The covenant at Mount Sinai is clearly referring to the Law of Moses. The covenant referred to here is given in Exodus 19:5.
      “Now, therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people; for all the earth is mine.”
      The covenant begins with the words ve’atah. This word means ‘henceforth’ or ‘from this point on’. It follows the proclamation from God that the children of Israel, through their trust in the relationship established by the Passover, are now born on eagles’ wings and brought into God himself. If you carefully read the covenant given on the mount you will see that there is no salvation or redemption found here, but only a promise that the children of Israel will be treasured above all other people on the earth as a result of obedience. If the covenantal relationship of trust is established first, then obedience to the law given on Mount Sinai will distinguish you from all other peoples. If the Law of Moses is sought after without the relationship, then the natural result is bondage, because one is seeking righteousness outside of relationship. And it is not because the law itself is bondage, but because we fail to keep the law. THE LAW DID NOT DELIVER ISRAEL FROM EGYPT! The law was given after they were delivered, and after the trust-based relationship was established.
      This same pattern is introduced from the beginning. Adam is created as a ‘son of God’ and then given rules. Noah found ‘grace’ in the sight of God and then was given instructions to build an ark. Abraham ‘believed’ in God and then was given the covenant of circumcision. Very simply, the covenant in Exodus 19:5 is a promise that Israel’s obedience to the voice of God will separate them from all other peoples of the world, period! Works of the law, standing alone, cannot deliver. If the covenant on this Mount is depended upon to redeem you, which it is not designed to do, then you are in bondage, for you cannot satisfy it.
      The first mistake concerning this section of scripture is to wrongly assume that the covenant on Mount Sinai was God’s way of ‘saving’ Israel. The second mistake is found in assuming that the other covenant is the ‘New Covenant’. This is a very tragic blunder, for there is no reference to the ‘New Covenant’ at all. There is also no reference to the New Testament, either. The comparison Paul is teaching is between the bondmaid and the freewoman. A promise was made to Abraham and Sarah that if they listened to the Word of God they would produce a child whose seed would become a multitude of nations. This promise was made AFTER Abraham and his wife ‘believed’ unto righteousness. Abraham and Sarah had already established a relationship based upon faith with God. One relationship was based upon trust, and the other was not. Notice in Galatians 4:25 that another comparison is drawn into the allegory. Hagar and Mount Sinai are synonymous to the Jerusalem that NOW IS. A cursory reading of the gospels will reveal that the Jerusalem of Jesus’ time was dominated by the Pharisees and Sadducees: two ‘Jewish’ sects that represented the very essence of what Mount Sinai without relationship produces. The basis for being a citizen of the ‘kingdom of heaven’ was no longer rooted in the redeeming blood of the sacrifice, but rather strict adherence to the ‘rabbinical’ view of the law, legalism.
      In verse 26, we are given more information. The second of the two covenants is compared to the Jerusalem from above, the mother of us all? What is the Jerusalem from above, the mother of us all? We get some more information in Hebrews 12:22- 23.
      “But ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born, having been written in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. . .”
      This Jerusalem from above is a place that the writer’s audience has now COME UNTO and is part of. This fits perfectly with Ephesians 2:19-22, where we are told that Gentile believers have now become part of something that has already existed. This Jerusalem from above is the ‘mother’ of us all. This, in context, would be referring to the ‘mother’ of all who believe. Paul is telling us that Sarah, the one who was of Israel by faith and trust, represents a covenant that predates Mount Sinai and is from above. I believe that this ‘mother’ is a reference to the woman of the ‘seed of the woman’ in Genesis 3:15. The seed, as defined by Jesus, is the Word of God, and Eve represents all who bear that seed. This is the seed of faith, a seed planted by faith, that makes one a child of God. The ‘seed of the woman’ was given from the beginning and we know from Galatians 3:16, of this same book, that there is and always has been only ONE SEED. It is the seed that establishes the Father/Son relationship, which now makes inheritance possible. The seed cannot be received by works, but by trust/faith, followed by obedience to law as evidence of that trust/faith. Why this is so difficult for most ‘Christians’ to see is baffling.
      I believe the covenant from above was established from the beginning, and has always been God’s gift to man. It was always initiated by trust in the giver. The law is a covenant that is preceded by this trust, and was never designed to replace that simple trust. If relationship is sought through Mount Sinai, then the Passover was in vain. First Passover, THEN Mount Sinai. The allegory that Paul uses here fits perfectly into the theme of this whole book. Redemption and relationship are found in faith in God alone, and have always been the commencement of a life devoted to Him. Paul is not betraying the context of Galatians with this allegory. The focus is redemption. If you mingle the covenant at Mount Sinai with trust in order to obtain redemption then you are still cursed. With respect to redemption, they must be separated, they cannot co-exist. The nature of an allegory is to keep the allegory in its allegorical context.

  61. Rev Bill,

    I have read many of your comments here regarding the laws of the Old Testament. I am confused as to your views. You say that we are still to tithe and honor the sabbath, but no need to wear a beard. And I presume you do not hold to sacrifices, etc. Yet in James it says if you break one you break all. Isn’t the converse true? Paul says if you receive circumcision you are obligated to keep the whole law. I read in your glossary “ignored commands” and find this confusing. What about dietRy laws? Who decides what is still to be kept today? Are we still required to keep Mosaic law?

    • Hi Jeanne,

      These are good questions. The Holy Spirit and the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves are critical. In Galatians 5:3 the ONM Bible has “..you are obligated to do the whole tradition.” The Torah is Teachings, not Law, so erase the word Law from your memory when you are reading a Bible. The dietary teachings are still to be followed, though Y’shua said in Mark 7:20 that we do not lose our salvation by what we eat – but we know from the real world of today that eating the foods restricted in scripture shortens life. Who decides what teachings to observe today? It is necessary for each of us to be seeking the Lord as we read the bible, with close attention paid to the moral teachings of Leviticus 18, 19, and 20, plus all scripture. If you break one you break all means that sin is sin, that no one sin is worse or less severe than another. Read the articles on Sin in the Glossary. Forget the old traditional translation of Torah as Law. As you read the One New Man Bible, you will find many pigeon holes our western mindsets like are not there, that our heavenly Father is teaching us to walk in His love as we learn to live in His perfect will.

      Blessings, Bill

      • Going back again to Gal. 5:3, circumcision was not just tradition, as was talmud? It was part of God’s law given to Moses. So am I correct in understanding that under the new covenant, the laws of Moses are now best handled as instructions for a better life in the natural sense, but do not carry spiritual blessings or cursings? That the “law of love” over rides? For example, yes, it is healthier not to eat pork, but if I am invited to someone’s home and they are serving ham, I eat in an attitude of gratefulness, and love toward my brother, rather than offending by abstaining from what they have offered me. Or another example, I seek to set aside a day to rest and reflect on God, but if my employer requires me to work on Saturday, I work out of love and provision for my family and observe a day of rest another day? Am I getting close?

        • Hi Jeanne,

          You are close, but not through reasoning. We serve a God Who knows all that we go through, all these questions that plague us. He judges your heart, so walking in an attitude of repentance (Matt. 4:17) and continuously seeking His perfect will is what He sees. We continually make it more complicated by having to make a very rigid rule book, but that is not what He is focusing on. This is a walk with Him, He in us and we in Him (John 17:21), similar to walking with a two year old who strays a little and falls down, but we serve a loving parent Who picks us up and gently corrects. As Paul said in Phil. 2:12, “..you must continually work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” On our walk with the Lord He is looking at our hearts and not nit-picking. On a separate note: the Talmud did not exist in the first century, but was written 200-300 years later. Look at Torah as teaching.

          Blessings, Bill

          • Hi Morford.

            After following your correspondence with Jeanne I started to question your work, the “One New Man Bible”. I checked many of the scripture were Paul is against the Law of Moses and found that you constantly pervert scripture to fit the Torah-agenda you have.

            You claim in the glossary that the Greek word ‘nomos’ 90% of the time should be translated ‘Torah’. What I found is that about 90% of the times when Paul rebukes the ‘Torah’ you translate ‘nomos’ in to ‘legalism’ or ‘tradition’, to hide the fact that Paul is against Torah, or rather the Law of Moses.

            You can call the law as ‘teaching’ all that you want – but Paul absolute certainly talked about the Law of Moses. ‘Nomos’ also means the ‘Law of Moses’ and ‘law’. You yourself wrote in Corinthians 9:9 “the Torah of Moses”!!!

            Well I have news for you; in scripture after scripture – like Galatians 2:16, 3:11, 5:4 and Philippians 3:9 – , scripture that you by the way have perverted when translating ‘nomos’, Paul rebukes the law and proclaims righteousness through faith in Jesus.

            Going through your “Bible” I saw two scripture speaking the truth (probably you missed perverting them): “For we consider a man to be righteous by faith without works of Torah.” (Romans 3:28) and “Now therefore why are you tempting God by placing a yoke on the necks of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were strong enough to bear? But we believe that we are saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as also they are.” (Acts 15:10-11)

            I have also found other strange things in your “Bible” and frankly; I can’t trust the content of your “Bible” because you have an agenda to destroy the work of Jesus Christ.

            It seems as your “Bible” was created to please some messianic congregations who do not understand to appreciate the freedom of Jesus and are still bound to the Law of Moses.

          • Hi Samuel,

            My translation of the Greek text text does not pervert Scripture – it corrects what others perverted in speaking of the law of Moses. We have been taught in error by those who translated Torah as Law. Neither Y’shua nor Paul did away with the teachings of the Hebrew text. Y’shua said in Matt. 5:18. “For truly I say to you: until the sky and the Earth would pass away, not one yod or one vav could ever pass away from the Torah (Teaching), until everything would come to pass.” Y’shua and every author of the New Testament who quoted a Scripture used the Hebrew text, so, much of the New Testament is made up of Hebrew Scripture. Paul never talked of the Law of Moses, but did refer to tradition and legalism as did Y’shua. My agenda is to bring truth to light, because of mis-translation and tradition. When you view Torah as law and make defining statements to make absolutely clear what you think the passage says, you are creating legalism. Acts 15 makes absolutely clear that we are not do make rules out of Scripture. Only when we grasp that Scripture is teaching can we live by Scripture. We need grace to live in relationship with our God, since all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.

            Blessings, Bill

  62. Dear Rev. Morford,
    Firstly, thank you so much for the One New Man Bible. ONM is my number one favourite go-to bible. Both my husband and I have learned so much from it. I have a question about Psalm 8. I wondering about the reference to Son of Man, and “Him” being in upper case letters. Is it referring to Y’shua or to man in general? In my attempts to research this a bit more, I am not seeing a definitive answer. I am so happy to ask you however, as I never would have given it another thought before ONM, and now I am motivated to ask! Praise God! That is a small example of how much ONM is a blessing to us! Thank you again, and may you be blessed with God’s all-encompassing shalom!

    • Hi Lorrie,

      Thank you for your comments!

      The phrase “Son of Man’ in verse 5 is the reason for using the upper case for verses 6 and 7. The context seems to stress that, though some may want to say Son of Man is general. Verse 6 says He is little lowere than God, but our traditional translations say “lower than angels.” The Hebrew text has “lower than God,” which to me indicates He is speaking of Y’shua.

      Blessings, Bill

  63. Hi Dr. Morford,
    I was at the Hebraic Roors Conference in Mnpls and got my Bible there!
    In the ONM glossary it says that the righteous dead are sleeping with their fathers in the highest level of Heaven. So what happens to the other guys?
    If you could please explain a bit on what the Bible has to say about what happens after we die, I would appreciate that very much. It has been something that I don’t understand and I have not gotten good answers to my questions. Thanks so much!
    I read the handout about the love story concerning your recent marriage. Amazing how God orchestrates His will for us! db

    • Hi Debbie,

      It is good to hear from you. Gwen & I certainly enjoyed that conference.

      Thank you for your question. There are other references to this question in Scripture, but one is:

      Matthew 25:41. “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘You, the ones who have been cursed, must continually go from Me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42. For I was hungry and you did not give Me anything to eat, I was thirsty and you did not give Me a drink, 43. I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, poorly clothed and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44. Then they also answered saying to Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or poorly clothed or sick or in jail and we did not serve You?’ 45. Then He will answer them saying, ‘Truly I say to you, in so much as you did not do something for one of the least of these, you did not do it for Me.’ 46. And they will go into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

      My interest is not that much in the future for the unrighteous, so I just stay with this.

      Thank you on your comment about our Love Story. God is amazing in how much He cares for and how much He does for us.

      Blessings, Bill

      • Forgive me if I am asking out of turn but this verse is intriguing to me. Since there is sorting between God’s left and right and a conversation between God and people, does this mean it takes place at the White Throne Judgement when all the dead are raised? Some to Judgement and others to rewards?

        There is so much that I don’t understand. Curious I am. thanks db

        • Hi Debbie,

          While this verse does not use the title “White Throne Judgment” it certainly sounds like that is the event, just expressed differently.

          Blessings, Bill

  64. Shalom aleichem Mr. Morford,

    Regarding the genealogy of Yeshua in Matthew, most current English translations of the last set of 14 generations leading up to Mashiach translate the text as “Joseph, the husband of Miriam, the mother of Yeshua.” Both the Aramaic and Greek have an ambiguous term in that verse, as I’m sure you’re aware, (“aner” in Greek) that indicates that Joseph could be the father of Miriam, not her husband. This would be why a couple of verses down the text says “Joseph her husband”, which seems redundant unless there were two Josephs (one being her father, the other her husband) associated with Miriam.

    I’m just wondering, out of curiosity, how you rendered that portion of Yeshua’s genealogy in the One New Man Bible. I.e. whether it says “Joseph, the husband of Miriam” or “Joseph, the father of Miriam.”

    Thanks for your time, and also for such a wonderful labor of love.


    • Hi David,

      Thank you for writing. This question is intriguing, but in checking my lexicons – New Thayer, Bauer Arndt & Gingrich, and Liddell & Scott – I do not see any permitting father as a valid translation of aner. Husband and adult male (with various connotations) are the norm. I did not find any reference to its translation as father, nor do I see any problem in moving from genealogy to a new subject in repeating the word husband. The One Man Bible has husband in both the 16th and 19th verses.

      Blessings, Bill

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  66. Hi Reverend Morford,

    I am Anna, a Filipino taking up my Masters here in the Netherlands. I saw your interview on Sid Roth’s program today and i am so blessed by your work. When you discussed Romans 16:1 regarding Phoebe, the bible then explains that women can be pastors. How about the verse 1 Timothy 3:8-12 which sets the requirements for a male deacon only. I do believe in a female pastor but some people think that females cannot be pastors/leaders of the church.

    Thanks for your reply and God bless you more!!

    • Hi Anna,

      Thank you for writing. The letters to Timothy were during his ministry in Ephesus, which was home to Artemis, a fertility goddess, so women dominated and temple prostitution was the rule. Corinth was home of the temple of Diana, the Greek fertility goddess. These were the only cities where Paul wrote about women not teaching men and being silent during services. Romans 16 is very clear that women were able to perform any ministry duty in a congregation or group of congregations.

      Blessings to you, Anna, Bill

  67. Greetings, Mr. Morford.

    I would love to ask you a couple questions if you don’t mind?

    I refuse to drink anything alcoholic, but I was wondering, as a Christian, is it wrong to drink alcohol if you do not get intoxicated? I personally feel like it is a sin but I want to know for sure if it is because so many people say that Jesus drank wine so why should it be wrong if you don’t consume it for the intention of getting intoxicated.

    Also, in the King James Bible it mentions Dragons or serpents or these enormous creatures which I think some were literal dinosaurs, and i think the creature mentioned in Job 40:15-24 wasn’t a hippo but an enormous extinct animal that was the biggest of God’s creatures, which hippo’s aren’t, and also hippos do not have tails like cedar trees. What’s your opinion on that?

    Also do you believe the genesis account of creation were literal 6 days? Some people refuse to believe that it is lieral, and I read somewhere that most Hebrew scholars without a biased presupposition believe that the creations days were literal 6 days of creation.

    Do you believe ratios and piercing’s are sin?

    And the final question: When is the Sabbath day, and do you think Christian’s should honor the sabbath day if it isn’t in Sunday and how should they honor it?

    • Sorry I misspelled a few words, do you believe from a biblical stand point that tatoos or body peircings are sins, and that even though it is culture to some, once someone is born again should they stop immediately continuing any of those practices?

      • Hi Aaron,

        Thanks for writing. This is a common problem. Leviticus 19:28 says “You will not make any cuttings in your flresh for the dead or print a tattoo upon you, I AM the Lord.” The Scripture cannot be any more clear than that, so yes, it is a sin, but with repentance that is cleared – just don’t do it again.
        Blessings, Bill

    • Hi Aaron,

      Thank you for this list of questions. On alcohol, we do not drink wine with meals or at communion, with a few exceptions when communion has been served with wine, and cought us off guard. Jesus did drink wine, but that was the only way to keep grape juice at that time. There was no refrigeration and alcohol is a product of the natural breakdown of the sugars in grape juice.

      I personally doubt that there were any animals like dragons or dinasaurs in bible times. No fossils have been found from the past 6,000 years. I just take the Scripture for what it says, but some of the words in Hebrew have never been translated, so there is no way to relate that to animals of this day. We do know that animals like lions lived in the Holy Land until fairly recently.

      Since there was no sun until the third day, how long was the first day? How long was the second day? I do not think anyone can know for sure.

      I do not know what ratios are, so I do not know if they are sin. It seems to me that a woman having her ears pierced should not be considered sin, but there certainly those who believe it is sin. I feel that multiple body piercings are sin, based on Lev. 19:28.

      For the Sabbath Day, which is still Saturday, read the article in Glossary. My personal feeling is that what we do on the Sabbath is much more important than which day we honor Shabbat, but my wife and I honoe the Sabbath on Saturday.

      Blessings, Bill

  68. Dear Brother, I saw your interview with Sid Roth… I would like to purchase the One new man bible… I am from India… Is it any possible way to get that in India at affordable price… Because $70 is Rs 3500, a Regular leather bound (any version) bible will not cost more that Rs 1000 ($20).

  69. Aloha from Hawaii! Thanks for being an encouragement.
    I have been enjoying the One New Man in my studies. I do have one question however… As I was going through Galations, I found that at different times the word “Law”- (Namos) is translated as “Torah(teaching)” or as “Legalism”. These two words seem to be very different from each other, and so I am wondering how it can work to use two very different words to translate from one word in greek– “namos”. I’d love to hear your wisdom about this. thanks so much!!
    Clint Snyder
    Kauai, HI

    • Hi Clint,

      Aloha from South Carolina!

      The Greek word Nomos means “that which has been established” and refers to either Torah or Legalism, depending on context. Paul was speaking against the traditions of men, but not against the Torah of God.

      Blessings, Bill

  70. Dear Dr. William Morford

    Greetings from the Philippines.

    Hi this is Pastor Bert M. Senonis your prayer partner from the Philippines. How are you, hoping that God is always blessed you according to the riches and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    For us we are fine, we are victorious of the typhoon and thank you for your prayer to us here in the Philippines.

    Pastor Bert

    • Pastor Bert,

      It is good to hear from you! Praise the Lord that you came through that typhoon victoriously. We watched the devastation over several days on TV, and the videos are still coming.

      Love to all, Bill

  71. Hello Rev.
    I have question regarding your Power N.T. ( I have this one) what benefit if any is there also having The one new man bible, I also have the Complete Jewish Bible by David Stern, These bibles have opened a whole new world to me. what other ref. books can you recommend to understand the true Hebrew meanings. God bless you for the due delagence you put forth in your work. I know it’s blessed my life.


    Pastor Michael

    • Hi Michael,

      There is considerable difference between the ONM Bible and the Complete Jewish Bible, with the ONM being a new translation, correcting many traditional meanings and conjugations that are changed in the ONM, but not in the Complete Jewish Bible. Look at the comparisons on this website with the NIV, which is very close to the Complete Jewish Bible, except for the transliteration of personal names.

      Blessings, Bill

  72. Hi William Morford

    I’m carefully studying the One New Man Bible and I really like it.

    But I found something that perhaps you have mistaken about.
    In Mathew 4:9 the devil ask of Jesus to get down on His “knees” and “pay homage” to him. Jesus response in verse 10 is that one should only “worship” God.

    In your provided glossary you explain that the word used for “pay homage” is the Greek word ”Proskuneo”, a word the can be translated both “pay homage” or “worship”. You also say one has to translate this word with distinction.

    In the above verse 9 I actually believe that the right way to translate ”Proskuneo” is with “worship”. Because the devil asks of Jesus to get down on both “knees”, this is NOT the way to pay homage according to the information you provide. Secondly Jesus clearly answers the devil that one should only “worship” God.

    Anyway, I love “your” Bible and the great information that shows Jesus Jewishness and also explains the Jewish nature of the New Testament with all the idioms and more.


  73. Dr. Morford,
    Your work of translation has been very helpful and an added desire for me to learn and share more accurately, the original meanings of the Scriptures.

    Through your work was there a difference in the Masoretic text using the word “wine” as being fermented and unfermented in different passages?

    For instance how is the word “wine” meant in Proverbs 20:1, 23:20 and 23:31 compared to John 2:3, 9 and 10.

    Is Proverbs speaking of fermented grape juice as we know the definition of wine today and Yeshua turning water into grape juice?

    • Hi Allen,

      Although evangellicals, including me, are opposed to alcohol, both the Hebrew scriptures and the Greek scriptures talk about wine, real wine. Without refrigeration grape juice ferments. Today we have pasteurized grape juice, but pasteurization was not known until Louis Pasteur did his research in the late 1800s. Many ancient peoples knew how to manage the natural breakdown of sugars into alcohol, making not only grapes but other plants into alcoholic drinks that could be kept for extended periods of time. That was the only way those juices could be kept until at least the next harvest.

      Blessings, Bill

  74. Hi Mr Morford

    We have been in South Carolina for several years. We live near Columbia. Can you recommend a church for us to attend?

    I thank Yahweh that he led us to you!

      • Bill, the ONM Bible has given me a depth of the scriptures I never thought possible – a true blessing. I live in the north Atlanta area and am also looking for a church of liked-minded servants. Can you suggest one?

        Your Brother in Messiah – Martin

          • Hi Reverend Morford,

            I have been studying the ONM for about a year now. What a blessing it is to read and then understand. I have the same question as the two previous commentors…I have been looking for a church in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, or even the Philadelphia area, that has at least one service of the true Sabbath. Any recommendations? Thank you.

          • Hi Linda,

            Thank you for your comments. While I do not know of any churches in the are, a cousin of mine may, so I will email you her email address.

            Blessings, Bill

  75. Hi Mr. Morford,

    First of all thank you for the One New Man Bible.
    I have a query. I wanted to quote Zech 2:9 frm the ONM Bible but
    its different in all other bibles in this case this verse is actually Zech 2:5 in the NASB.

    Why is this so?

    God Bless

    Joe – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    • Hi Joe,

      Thank you for your comment and your question. The One New ManBible is a translation from the Masoretic text, the standard Hebrew text. The verse numbering and chapter numbering are from that, with the most differences in Psalms where the description is part or all of verse one. In Malachi the Hebrew extends the third chapter instead of having a fourth chapter, and there are a few other differences, all because of using the Masoretic text.

      Blessings, Bill

  76. Dear Mr. Morford,
    I have always felt discouraged about the bibles I had to read, knowing that the meanings and power of the words were possibly watered down. Would you say that the “one new man bible” has more of the power of God in the words like say for healing or deliverance than traditional translations such as the NIV or KJV? I just ordered a copy of your translation and am very exited to see how things change around here as I speak un-watered down word aloud over certain situations!!
    blessings to you and yours
    ari bloom

  77. I have been enjoying and diligently reading the Onenewman bible. I have a dilemma though. In Hosea 3:5 in this Bible it reads their God and David their king, and will come trembling toS the Lord* and His goodness int he latter days. I am thinking there is a misprint or omission of The Lords name here and was wondering if you could let me know what it is supposed to be, and I can write it in. I would appreciate it greatly. Your Sister in Christ. Susan

    • Hi Susan,

      Nothing is missing, but there is a capital S attached to the word “to” – the S has been taken out for future printings.

      Blessings, Bill

  78. what is your very favorite name of God? Is there anything you found out about one of His names that surprised you?

    I have been blessed by your work.

    • Hi Glenda Joy,

      You have a hard question, because my favorite at any given time probably depends on what I am going through at the moment – since there are so many names. Here is one example of its use: Isaiah 54:5. For your Maker is your Husband! His name is the LORD* of Hosts and your Redeemer the Holy One of Israel. He will be called The God of the Whole Earth.

      Blessings, Bill

  79. Mr. Morford:
    It is interesting to say the least to hear your thoughts on King James having the name of Jacob replaced with “James”. This is believable considering the pride of kings (politicians) and the unlikely Jewish name of James.
    But Josephus, in “Antiquities of the Jews” – Book XX, Chapter 9, Section 1, also refers to Jesus and James. Read: “… and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others, …”
    Does this writing of Josephus not lend credibility to name of the Lord’s brother being James?
    Please comment.

    • Hi Donald,

      This does not at all mean that Josephus wrote the name “James” because texts were changed down through the centuries. The non-canonical books were not copied with the care of either the Masoretic Hebrew text or the Greek classics. The Greek New Testament has Iakobou, while the Latin has Iacobus.

      Blessings, Bill

  80. Dear Sir:
    I enjoy my copy of the One New Man Bible and get a blessing out of it.
    I would like to see an edition of the One New Man Bible with the Jewish names of the Books, people, terms and places in it in place of the English.

    • Hi Ben,

      The correct Hebrew names are my choice too, so some future edition will likely have them. My first draft used all the correct Hebrew transliterations, but several advisors convinced me to use the traditional English names, so that is why they are used.

      Blessings, Bill

  81. I bought this bible for my husband recently. He is thoroughly enjoying it and loves the footnotes. We were both hoping this might become an e-sword study module offered through e-sword.net or estudysource.com. Is this something you may consider?

      • I would also love to see the ONM on eSword and on audio for listening.
        I really enjoy this translation, even the great Glossary.


        • Hi Joy,

          Thank you for your comments. The Publisher will shortly be posting an updated version on Amazon Kindle, not the same as eSword, but it will not be on eSword any time soon.

          Blessings, Bill

  82. Hi, i want the bible titled “The New Hebrew Bible”which Sid Roth was advertising on Its Supernatural.
    God bless You.

    • Thank you. I hope you mean the One New Man Bible, which is the one offered by Sid Roth on Its Supernatural. You can get that from Messianic Vision, Amazon, a bookstore, or one of several websites, by searching for One New Man Bible.

      Shalom, Bill

  83. Bill, Thank you so much for your work on this bible! I have a new passion for it like I haven’t in a long time. I used to study and still be stumped. The Hebrew and Greek references seemed to be very different sometimes than what was written. Now everything makes so much more sense to me and I love it!

  84. I just got my copy and am excited to have it. I was looking at the glossary on page 1675 and notice that you had printed that Abram brought his brother Lot don’t you mean his nephew Lot?

  85. Hi, i just want to let you know that I just bought ONM bible through Amazon a kindle version but downloaded it into my ipad n iphone. I download a kindle apps first from itunes store. So yes, now I have ONM bible on my ipad n Iphone. I love it. Thank you very much. Lila from Indonesia

  86. Dear Mr. Morford,
    I bought your “One New Man” Bible translation and love it. Could you explain me why do you think that Hosea 6:1-2 is referencing to 1 Chor 15:4? For me this verses in Hosea are much more a description of a boastfull hope in a very quick forgiveness from God – meaning God will forgive: it is his job – than a prophecy of Y’shua’s death and resurrection.

    Thanks and may God bless you!


  87. I love the One New Man Bible but recently encountered alternate spellings of Tychicus that are confusing. I would appreciate clarification as to whether I have uncovered a spelling error or similar spellings of different people.
    Page 1465 Acts 20:4 Tychikos
    Page 1566 Col. 4:7 Tychicus
    Page 1590 Titus 3:12 Tychikus

    Thanks for clarifying this for me.

    Dave Patton

    • David,

      The Greek spelling has the letter k, while the common English versions use the letter c from the Latin. I should have been consistant.

      Blessings, Bill

  88. I am appreciating my ONM bible and am getting deeper insights into some of the passages. The big problem that I have though is the numbering of the passages especially in the Psalms. I do not understand why you would number the verses different than what is standard. You did put this bible together for the believer that is in the Christian community – right?

    It is so frustrating sharing within a group, or sharing from up front at church and not knowing if the verses that I am sharing coincide with what is in all the other bibles or not. And when I am preparing a study, I have to double check every passage with another bible and modify my notes so that others can get to the passage that I am teaching from.

    Why would you do this?
    Is this by chance going to be corrected in the next edition or even the electronic version when it becomes available?????

  89. Dear Bill,
    What a deep thrill to read The One New Man Bible…It is beyond anything i could have even imagined!

    In the book of Genesis 1v3 in bold black letters
    God said “Light Be” Holy Spirit fell very heavy on me…I know i was in for something supernatural with an anointing on this bible like i have never seen before.
    I purchased a few of Your New Testaments a few years ago and gave them away…I meet you when Mr Cox had a bus load of people going to Washington DC …i think we were in Charleston at the time.
    Holy Spirit encouraged you about the sale of the book.

    I am hoping to get the One New Bible for our pastor…
    His whole life will be changed! He is a young man with zeal for the Lord!

    All I can say is blessings on you for all the labor of love you have done! Thank you!
    shalom with love to you and your wife,

  90. Hello Rev. Morford,
    I have been watching your various interviews online and am very anxious to get a copy of The One New Man Bible in Australia. Are they available here in Australia. Tankyou for your work Blessings Peter.

    • Peter,

      Thank you for writing. The One New Man Bible should be available through any bookstore, since Anchor Distributors carries it. Amazon also has it. Either of those may have a long delivery time, but should work.

      Blessings, Bill

  91. Hi
    I got told about the one new man bible and have been reading your website.
    i cant find it in the uk, and postage abroad is pretty expensive. was wondering if it was going to be printed over here at all.

    Thankyou for being obiedient to Gods calling

    love and peace, Lora

  92. When I order the “One New Man Bible”, I was under the impression that you had translated it from the Hebrew Scriptures with your understanding of the Hebrew language and culture. Now that I have it I see that it ” has been edited from a public domain English translation.”

    It reads much like the King James – it that the translation that you edited it from?

    • Ken,

      The bible was edited from a Jewish public domain translation, checking each word against the Masoretic Hebrew text. For difficult passages I had help from Rabbi Ben Yehuda. Any resemblance to King James is purely coincidental. The Preface tells more about that.

      Blessings, Bill

    • Hi Rev. Morford,
      It’s my understanding that there are (2) Talmud’s — the
      Babylonian Talmud and the Jerusalem Talmud — and that there are some who consider the teachings of the Talmud to be more sacred than the Torah. I have not read either one. However, it is my understanding that the teachings set forth in them are very evil and of satanic origin. I am wondering what your scholarly findings have been about them ?

      • sw,

        There are even more than 2 Talmuds, of which the Babylonian and Jerusalem are the most important. They are not Satanic, but they are not books to just pick up and read. They are reference books, with some anointed teachings and some not anointed teachings.

        Blessings, Bill

  93. I am confused about what you are saying here. Are you saying that you use the word “children” in the bible because that is the political correct thing to do? Or are you saying that “sons” was put in the bible because of political correctness? What about the KJV that says “sons”?

    • Ken,

      What I am saying is that many times in the Hebrew text the word for sons is used to include both male and female. When that is the case it is translated children.

      Blessings, Bill

  94. Dear Brother Morford.

    I have read most replies to you on the One New Man Bible.

    I am also one of the billion gazillion Children of God looking to get closer to Him in every way and I believe that one of the ways is getting hold of His most original translated Word, where I can get to know God much more than through Word that was hi-jacked by constentine or whoever.

    I also just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for the One New Man Bible in advance, since I saw it on Sid Roth’s – Its Supernatural, I couldn’t get it out of my head and if I read my KJV, I keep on thinking – “what would The One New Man Bible have on this verse”

    The Word of God being translated incorrectly has bothered me since a gave my heart to Jesus two years ago and has ever since. I’ve piced up that what is written in my heart, does not always go with some of the things written in translations today.

    But thank you again, blessings.


  95. Mr. Mumford, I bought your “One New Man” bible and love it. Do you plan on creating bible tabs for it? Thanks, Jack

  96. Reverend Morford,
    I have been torn for years if our Sunday is now correctly the Sabbath of Commandment 4 given by YaHoVaH? I personally find no evidence in Scripture of a change from the 7th day to the 1st day. Further study shows me it was Constantine who implemented the 1st day in about 321 A.D.

    Only the 4th Commandment begins with “Remember” and is not referenced in the New Covenant that I can find. Are people today breaking a Commandment with a 1st Day Sabbath rather than a 7th Day Sabbath?

    What do your Jewish contacts who are Yeshua followers view the Sabbath as…7th Day or 1st Day?

    • Hi Dr. Hoaglund,

      Scripture does not change Shabbat from the 7th day to the 1st day. As the congregation of the Lord moves back to its Jewish Roots, more and more will honor Shabbat instead of Sunday. Even more distressing is the ignoring of the instructions for Shabbat by the modern Church. Sixty years ago this country was much closer to being biblically correct, with a terrible erosion over the years.

      Blessings, Bill

      • What exactly are the true instructions on how to honor Shabat? The scripture says “you shall do no laborous work.” It also says “you shall honor your Mother and Father.” So if my Mom tells me to clean my room on Saturday, am I breaking the Sabbath by honoring her wishes?

        • Hi David,

          There are several scriptures dealing with that, so see Sabbath under Seasons of the Lord in Glossary. The portion dealing with Sabbath is more than a page long, so I will not go into detail here.

          Blessings, Bill

  97. thank you for responding so quickly mr. Morford i am going to order it today god bless in the name of JESUS CHRIST

  98. Dear Mr morford I was looking at Barnes and noble web page and wondered if the issue they have is the latest version they have no image for this book.I f it is the same book I saw on sid Roth tonight I will get as soon as possible.all the comments are real positive for I enjoy the king James but sometimes find it hard to understand and could use more help understanding the word of God

  99. I have ordered the one new man bibles from sid roth ministries but it gets expensive. I would like to know how much it would cost for 10 to start of the hardback copies. I give them to many ministers and would like to give more. I am a Deacon with First Assembly of God in Sand Spring, Ok.

  100. Dear Rev. Morford, Your translation reminds me of the years I spent with Derek Prince in the 1970′s where we got the “Prince” translation of the Scriptures. In addition, we received a history lesson on the why’s and wherefores of the King James translators errors. It is refreshing to see a more correct translation and one that returns us to our roots. I believe Derek would have enjoyed your labors. I will recommend your translation on my blog and will see that copies get to our fellow laborers in Israel. Thanks.

  101. Shalom Mr. Morford,

    I just downloaded an iTunes app of ‘ONE NEW MAN’ for my iTouch. Could you please tell me if the Bible that it has on the app is the ‘ONE NEW MAN BIBLE’?

    I went through it and it has the whole bible on it but it’s not in the same order as described in the original One New Man Bible. It still has James instead of Jacob…and Malachi is still listed as the last book in the old testament instead of 1 and 2 Chronicles.


      • Thank you for the speedy response. Will you be putting One New Man Bible on iTunes for download in the future?

        BTW…I will be placing my order for your One New Man Bible Friday after work. I bought it of Sid Roths website. Can’t wait to get it.

        Would it be faster ordering it from True Potential Publishing or Sid Roth’s website. I don’t want to have to wait too long.

        Thank you, Bill.


        • Hi Kimberly,

          The publisher probably has plans to put the bible on iTunes, but I do not know for sure. Both True Potential and Sid Roth are geared to send quickly, so I do not think there would be much if any difference.

          Blessings, Bill

          • Tomorrow can’t come soon enough. I’ll get to open my Chrismas presents, including the One New Man Bible. I have a feeling that it will be a blessing for myself and my immediate family and friends. Interestingly enough, if I hadn’t insisted on getting it for Christmas,the ONMB may have never been given the opportunity to grace our family. I can’t wait to dive in!

  102. Rev. Morford,
    I’ve heard a lot about the help your Bible has given many Christians. I would love to have your Bible,but financially I just can’t afford it. I lost my job, after I injured myself in a fall at work, which has left me partially disabled. I will always be in pain, and had to hire an attorney to get the medical help I needed. I moved back home and went through a lot of rough days, but it also led me back to God.
    I won’t go into it, but I hated God since I was a teenager, and made no plans to live past 20. I have survived many times I should have died, even beating cancer in my 20′s.
    Maybe I can get a glimpse of it at a book store. I don’t think my library carries it.
    While I am in pain, if you told me I wouldn’t be where I am in my relationship with God today, without it…or I could be given a way to be painfree, but have to turn away from God…bring on the pain! God Bless.

    • Hi Ralph,

      My wife and I will be praying for you to be delivered from the pain and all your injuries. Y’shua is still in the healing business!

      Blessings, Bill

    • Rev. Morford,
      Thank you for the prayers. I’ll take that over anything in this world, any day.

      God Bless,

  103. The Jewish Canon by reckoning of what date? Just as Gentiles have, the Jews changed (just less so than Gentiles did) the original order and number of the books of Tanakh. LXX impacted this as well as the use of the codex vs. separate scrolls. I refer you to “Restoring the Original Bible” by Ernest L. Martin, who makes a compelling case for a true, original order and numbering of the BOOKS (once kept by the Jews), not the chapters and verses, which as you indicate are not in the Tanakh. For example, you even point out Chronicles is supposed to be at the end of Tanakh. For example, Martin points out that the 12 books from Hosea to Malachi are known as one book called “The Twelve,” and Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings is known as one book called “The Book of Kingdoms” (reckoned as two separate books – Samuel and Kings – by Jews after the second century). Also, Ezra and Nehemiah were considered one book, as were 1 & 2 Chronicles. These are just “Old Testament” examples. Just for your consideration as accuracy to God’s original intent seems to be your goal, which is awesome! All Scripture should number 49 books- 22 Tanakh, 5 Gospels+Acts, and 22 Brit Hadashah. As you will read in Martin’s book, this creates the proper flow of the books, like from Chronicles’ genealogies to Matthew’s, also from emphasis on a non-sensical “Romanized” order we have now in the NT to a flow with meaning and improved understanding, like elementary school to high school to college. Pray about this and research it as well as you did during your translation work.

  104. All I can say is Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Jesus!! This bible is transforming my life. Thank you William for being obedient to the Lord in search for the truth may God bless you and your family!!!

    Before I got this bible, I came across the reviews about the pages, or is there a hard cover and I was really nervous about having this bible in my hands, but I realized that I am responsible for how I handle this bible and treat it with care like the life that Messiah gave to me!!

    God bless you. I am looking forward to the ebook.

  105. I really like what I see in the version, but I am really curious why you would put such great effort into creating a Hebraic version of the Bible and continue to give honor to the Roman order (and numeration) of the books instead of the REAL Jewish order? For example, originally the OT was only 22 books, then the 4 gospels+Acts, followed by the remaining 22 NT books – Jewish Epistles, then Hebrews, the Pauline Epistles, and concluded with Revelation. History strongly suggests Jerome greatly influenced this new order against the guidance of the Apostles John and Peter, thereby exalting Rome instead of Jerusalem. The correct order is the way it should be understood vs the current, traditional order which makes less sense in this regard.

    • Scott,

      The Jewish canon including book order is what is used with this bible. The numeration came about a thousand or more years later. Synagogue scrolls today have no chapter or verse numbers.

      Blessings, Bill

  106. I love my “One New Man” bible I just received, and the research. I realize due to space, you could only include a ‘limited’ number of words in the glossary. Are there plans to write & publish an expanded “glossary” to include more definitions of words, maybe including the meaning of ‘names’ in the bible?

    • Hi Dan,

      While I am not planning a major expnsion of Glossary, I am working on the 2nd Edition of the Bible. That has some additions to Glossary, but hopefully that is years from publication – which will see quite an expansion of both footnotes and Glossary.


      Bill Morford

      • Hi Mr Morford

        So when would the 2nd edition of the Bible (One New Man) be about ready? Would it be in the near future?

        W Wong
        24 July 2012

  107. How did ONMB come up with “acts of loving kindness” for the word ‘righteousness’ as in Abraham believed. God and it was counted for …?

    • Hi, R. Porter,

      Acts of loving kindness is the correct translation of the Hebrew word ts’dakah, according to the 16 volume Hebrew dictionary by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda who is credited with re-establishing Hebrew as the national language of Israel.


      Bill Morford

    • R.,

      The translation of the word ts’dakah is from the most authoritative Hebrew dictionary, the one written by THE Eliezer Ben-Yehuda a hundred years ago. This trumps all others.

      Blessings, Bill

  108. Please send me information on discounted bibles for ministers.. I would like to make this Bible available for prison ministry. Thanks.

  109. Is the ebook that will be ready in the next few months be available only through amazon for kindle? Or will it also be available through iBooks for iPad, or just through the apple AppStore. That would be great if it was going to become available for apple devices. Between iPhones and iPads that is a much bigger market, and would make it available for many more than with only the kindle store. Just wondering.


  110. I am just passing along the information from the link at the end of this message. I have not studied the Scriptures as you have, I realize you did not look at the original Hebrew book of Matthew as your source instead of the Greek text of Matthew, but this is revolutionary information that needs to be known.

    The Matthew 1 and Luke 3 genealogies conflict the ancestry of Yeshua, where in Matthew the third list of 14 generations is listed as 13 generations where Yoseph the husband of Miriam the mother of Yeshua is written. Yoseph and Miriam are the same generation. The book of Matthew was originally written in Hebrew then translated into Aramaic, to Greek and so on, according to the link below. A few months ago, Nehemia Gordon found at least to ancient texts of the Hebrew Matthew which wrote “Yoseph avi Miryiam”, meaning Yoseph, the FATHER of Miriam, the mother of Yeshua, thus making 14 generations and Yeshua a direct descendent of King David through his son Solomon. Watch this video starting at 1 hr 25 minutes through 1 hr. 44 minutes http://aroodawakening.tv/teaching/shabbat-night-live-mar-16-2012/

    • Dr. Hoagland,

      There is one supposedly original Hebrew book of Matthew that I have seen and it has verses that were added in the 4th and 5th centuries, so it is not the original Matthew. The Glossary of the One New Man Bible has the explanation of the differences between the genealogies of Matthew and Luke. I stand by those.


      Bill Morford

  111. As I looked at the glossary in the One New Man bible I saw and understood your explanation of why you translated the feminine form of Tzekakah as “acts of loving kindness.” However, I still think it could cause confusion for readers if they don’t read your footnote toward the glossary. “Acts of loving kindness”, I think, still doesn’t say the same things as “righteousness.” Thanks for bearing with me on this. Still awaiting your response. Thanks.


    • Steve,

      Just as “acts of loving kindness” are action, righteousness itself is action: it is being just, doing right. “Acts of loving kindness” means to go beyond God’s minimum standard and truly love your neaghbor as yousrself.

      Blessings, Bill

      • Got it and understood that. Thanks for the response. Hoping that people will read the footnotes in the glossary for that. Really enjoying the Bible. Thanks for the effort. Steve

  112. This is the question my friend who is blind asked when she was informed The One New Man Bible was in the process of being put in an eBook form.

    Did they say what format the eBook will be in? Will it be DRM free (I hope)? Maybe they’ll put it in iBooks.

    Can you answer this question for us. Thanks so very much. Roz

    • The eBook will be available for all eReaders. For additional questions about the eBook, please go to tppress.com.

  113. Since seeing you, Bill, on Sid Roth’s, It’s Supernatural plus the offer of the One New Man Bible I rushed to order it. Since then I have ordered 3 all together. Words can’t express the freshness breathed in threw the Scriptures as I read and ponder the passages. Now I am learning my blind friend may also be able to receive it as an E book. What a blessing. We just talked about it last night at Bible Study.I so appreciated you and Jeannie in my life and am happy to see you have found a fresh love. God bless you in all ways. Roz

  114. Dear Dr. Morford,

    I am the rabbi of a Messianic Jewish congregation in Fairbanks, Alaska. During our Passover seder this past Saturday one of our friends gave us a copy of the One New Man bible. I was very excited as I looked through it. I appreciated that the order of the books of the Tanach are in the correct order and also the messianized vocabulary and names of people in the B’rit Hadashah There was one thing that bothered me however. In the passage of Genesis where we’re told that God counted Abraham’s faith as “righteousness” you translated the Hebrew word Tzedakah (righteousness) as “lovingkindness.” This actually changes the intent and meaning of the text as “lovingkindness” comes from the word “chesed” not “tzedakah.” I am respectfully requesting that you edit the text so that it will read “righteousness” in future printings of this Bible. I would like to promote and recommend it to people within my sphere of influence but would need to see this correction made before I could do so. Thank you for your consideration.

    Shalom in Messiah Yeshua,


    • Steve,

      Thank you for this comment. Hesed is loving kindness, so tsdakah is committing acts of hesed. Righteousness is God’s minimum standard for us, so anyone goind beyond the minimum is committing an act of loving kindness. Righteousness is action. Expressing tsdakah this way is correct. Blessings, Bill

  115. Dear Dr. Morford,
    I just received a copy of the One New Man bible as a gift during our Passover Seder the other day. I am the rabbi of a messianic jewish congregation in Alaska. I really like to layout, text, arrangements of books in Tanach and the messianized vocabulary of the B’rit Hadashah. However, you translated “tzedakah” in the Tanach as “lovingkindness” instead of “righteousness” which changes the meaning of the text. I would appreciate it if you would consider editing future printings of this Bible to say, as it should for example with Abraham, that God counted his faith as righteousness, not as lovingkindness (chesed). Thank you for your consideration.

    Steve Montag

    • Hi Steve,

      The translation of ts’dakah is acts of loving kindness, not just loving kindness. Both tsedek and ts’dakah require action, with tsedek God’s minimum standard and acts of loving kindness going beyond God’s minimum.

      Blessings, Bill

  116. Still very interested in anything you can direct me to concerning ‘sozo’, or comments you have about it. Is it proper to say it means depending on the scripture: saved, healed, deliver, defend, rescue, made whole? Are all these words part of the fulness of its meaning?
    Thanking you, Joanne

    • Hi Joanne,

      Sozo has broad meaning. The New Thayer Lexicon starts with: to save, to keep safe & sound, to rescue, to make well, etc. So, yes, all those words are part of the fulness of its meaning.



  117. Hello!

    During last Sunday’s bible study at the Crosby Assembly of God church in Crosby, MN, our bible study leader was reading from Philemon. When we came to Philemon 1:19, I noted that the verse that was presented by the study leader and by others in class reading from their bibles (various translations) seemed just about 180 degrees different from the One New Man Bible’s presentation of this verse.

    At this point I find myself needing to ask, with all respect, if the One New Man translation is accurate?

    The One New Man Bible says, 19 “I, Paul, have written in my hand, I shall repay: so that I am not saying to you then that you owe it to me. ”

    In contrast, the New American Standard Bible (and other translations) seemed to have a much sterner tone.

    Here is the NASB. “19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (lest I should mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well).”

    The One New Man translation appears to be opposite of all other translations that I have found, including The Message, which I understand is also taken from the Greek.

    Can you offer insights as to this difference in wording?

    I am so thankful for whatever you may be able to do to help.

    Thank you!
    Harriet Veenker
    Aitkin, MN

    • Harriet, the verse is quite plain in the Greek and this translation follows that. I cannot explain the others. Paul is simply saying that he will reimburse Philemon for the cost, that Philemon does not owe anything to paul.



  118. I bless that you will make an audio version of this One New Man Bible if you haven’t already. I sure would love to listen to it while I’m cooking or cleaning, etc…

  119. Hello,

    I just purchased the One New Man Bible. I see in the glossary you mentioned the Book of Jacob. Where can I find this book?


    • Hi Jackie, other Christian Bibles call the book James, but the Greek and Latin texts both have the name as Jacob. The New Testament in the One New Man Bible was translated from the Greek text, so the name of the book is Jacob. Blessings, Bill

  120. Can you advise the distributor in Singapore, if there is already one?

    Also, when will the ebook version targeted to be ready?

    • Hi Christine,
      We do not currently have a distributor in Singapore. However, if you would like more information on shipping to Singapore, you can call us at 864-836-4111 or email me at chelsey@tppress.com.
      Our ebook version of the Bible should be done within the next few months.

  121. Shalom Love,love the ONE NEW MAN BIBLE,Have bought four so far and would like to get more to give out.Want to know if there is a cheaper price if you buy in bulk.Blessing in Y’usha


    • No verses are missing from the One New Man Bible. The numbering is different from some other bibles, than in the Masoretic text and in the One New Man , so the quetion is, What text did the Christian translators use? It was not the Masoretic. Other translations have 32 verses in Neh. 3, then add verses 3:33-38 to chapter 4. Anyway, nothing is missing from the One New Man Bible. The Septuagint and the Vulgate have the verse numbers used in other translations, but this text was translated from the Masoretic text.

      • Did God direct you to write your translation? I believe it would have been a better idea to call this a paraphased version.your version has become very much debated in Christian circles. God is not the author of confusion. The devil is very good at twisting the word. Tell me…..the rabbi you studied under…did he believe that Yeshua was and is the savior of the world. JESUS said …no one comes to the Father except through me. Your version has crated more problems than help. It bothers me to know that so many have thrown in the towel because of all these different versions of the most Powerful book in the world. Anyone that has studied Greek/Hebrew and uses that knowledge will be strong in the Word. Here is an idea……put a “BIBLE” out that has nothing but blank pages….then people could write whatever they want in order to justify their lifestyle. I am so aggrevated….i better stop. Before i go i would like to point out….when reading the transcript from sid roths Q&A with you thre were several times that Sid seemed more confused about your answers than he did before he asked. By the way….never mind

        • Pastoriley1,

          The One New Man Bible is quite literal, not paraphrased as you suspect. There are words in this Bible that are not translated in others. One example is Anochi which is very powerful, meaning “Because I AM” used by our heavenly Father to make an emphathic statement about something He is determined to do. In this Bible Anochi is “I AM” in bold so the reader can readily identify it. There is also a glossary article on Anochi. There are tenses not normally translated properly that are correct in this Bible. The Priestly Blessing of Numbers 6:24-26 is a good example of this. Be assured that this Bible is quite accurate.

          Blessings, Bill Morford

        • With due respect, you judge quite harshly without due diligence. Are you prepared for such harshness yourself?! While the earliest original language books of our Bible remain almost entirely accurate, translating into modern languages, esp. English, is not easy bc it has changed dramatically over the centuries it has existed. Further, idioms are not uncommon in the original texts, so translating them word for word would become gibberish. What would you think if “it’s raining cats and dogs” were translated literally word for word into Hebrew or Greek today. It would not convey the intended meaning that is “a heavy rain.”

    • There is an article in the Glossary on Ignored Commandments. I do not have a beard, so you know where I stand, but others may dispute this.

  123. Shalom, I have purchased two copies of the scriptures through the webiste of Sid Roth. Could you please tell me if they will ever be translated in french. If not, would you know which website I could consult. There is a large community in french which needs the Truth. Thank you so much. Therese

  124. Since I just received my Copy of “The One New Man Bible” “Down Under” in Australia, I have indeed been blessed by your translation.

    Previously, 3rd Edition of “The Power New Testament” was a joy to study, then I bought the 4th Edition, and “found out” about the Bible.

    Just love the 23rd Psalm, and the Jewish roots revealed throughout.

    God Bless and Thank You

  125. I was hoping you could answer this question I have on your translation of Romans 8:14 “for as many are led by the Spirit of God, these are the ‘children’ of God” —- instead of ‘sons’ (G5207 huios IN STRONGS..as I have studied it to be. My ref books clearly state that is is huios and not teknon (children)

    • Very commonly in Scripture the word for sons is translated children because until very recently the masculine word referred to a mixture of males and females. Our current political correctness came into being only in the last twenty or thirty years. Therefore many Scriptures should read children instead of sons.

      • I was referring to how the word “son” instead of children meant “MATURE” son instead of a child..not the political correctness. There is a real meaning behind being called a “son” regardless of female/male meaning a Mature son instead of still under guardians as a child.

        • Hi Joann, The word “son” does not imply maturity. A son lf one day old is still a son. In the same vein, child does not imply immaturity. My children are now in their 40′s and 50′s, but they are still children to me. They definitely are also mature. Blessings, Bill

      • I am confused about what you are saying here. Are you saying that you use the word “children” in the bible because that is the political correct thing to do? Or are you saying that “sons” was put in the bible because of political correctness? What about the KJV that says “sons”?

  126. Lakeland; FL 13 February 2012

    Dear Rev. William Morford,

    You One New Man Bible is a very good source of teaching and study-material. I would like to refer it to my online students and online visitors. Please granted me your permission to add the web-page to my web-sites: Direct link: http://www.godsoutreachministryint.org/New-Man-Bible.htm
    This page will refer to your web-site as well. I only temperarely put it online so you can see it how. Shalom Paul van Beek

  127. I have the “One New Man” Bible, but would like your opinion on the following verse Matthew 21-22. We know how few people walk in the Spirit today and this verse goes “unclaimed”. What do you think hinders most people? Also, are you on facebook?

    • Suzan, the Church has a long way to go to reach the spiritual heights where we are supposed to live. We all need to seek more of Him to gain the level where He wants us to be. There are a number of people who have made great progress spiritually, people we see interviewed on It’s Supernatural and other programs, so we need to pay attention to what those have done to reach the heights they have attained – and they still have new heights to reach.

      I am not on Facebook.

      Blessings, Bill Morford

  128. Would love to carry the bible for resale at our store, please would you send me the info. for this. Thank you, Carole Gabriel

  129. Hi, my name is Lila from Indonesian. I love one new man bible. How can I get permission to translate it into Indonesian?

  130. Hi, I would VERY MUCH like to purchase the kindle edition of the ‘One New Man Bible’. Reading the reviews I understand that the version available on Amazon at the moment is not very kindle friendly, with no Table of Contents links to the individual books. Can you please tell me if this will be updated in the near future?

    Many thanks

    • Like Tim, I am very keen to know if the kindle version will be made more user friendly. I am spending some 6 weeks in Israel,attending et alia, The New Man gathering at Ariel at end of May. I do not wish to carry what seems could be quite a heavy bible from Australia but very much like to have this new bible with me. Is there some way you can provide an index which will correlate with the kindle version somehow.
      Incidentally , if I am writing to William Morford, my wife died 6 months ago in our 50th year of marriage ,with the conviction that her rare , and sudden, auto immune disease was all about the church! After 6 months of seeking, I believe it was to do with the lack of understanding & application of the one new man teaching of Ephesians 2.
      I hope you can help me before I leave Sydney on 27th April. Many thanks, Michael Cooper

  131. I enjoyed the interview with you on Sid’s Roth’s “It’s Super Natural” and ordered for Christmas the Bible offered.
    I am greatly enjoying my One New Man Bible. I have been very interested in learning more about the Greek word “sozo”. Could you direct me to any sources other than the Lexicon or share any insights you have concerning this very small word with so much meaning? Right now I’m going verse by verse with the ones that contain that word in the original text to the ONMB. Thank you for this great refreshing look at the Bible, long time coming!

    • Please contact me by email if you have anything to share with me concerning ‘sozo’. I want to be sure of the accuracy of what I’ve learned so far. I haven’t been able to find anything so far in the glossary of ONMB concerning salvation/sozo or it’s other uses. Please do tell let me know if I’ve missed it somehow.
      Thank you so much!

  132. I just got the one new man bible. I notice some parts of the scripture are written in bold. I don’t know what that is supposed to mean. I read in the preface what italics mean but if bolded text was explained I missed it.

    • You will find on page iii of the preface, in the first paragraph explaining why the scripture is written in bold.

  133. I am tring to get the money for your leather covered bible and find the site to get one ,
    But i have a ????
    i also think one new man , i have sevreal hebreaic friends hurt from the church lies and stuff etc tc, so no they say they are not chrisitain is that not denieing the anoinited one is this a word trick by the evil one words mean somethng , i don’t feel it when they am not into christainity etc etc but i know the light of Yeshua is very inafective in the darkness in this world over all and if we are to be the ones for this last generition and we are to train the youth , wow please let me know how you feel .

  134. I would like to buy a leather bound copy of your “One New Man Bible” but Amazon.com does not have it in stock. I believe many things are lost to us by not understanding the Hebrew mindset, traditions and idoms. To be a better minister of the Word, I desire a copy of your Bible.

    • The One New Man Bible was released late October 2011. Since the Bible is brand new, we have not sent it out to many distributors yet because we are having trouble keeping it in stock ourselves. You can visit our website at tppress.com to find more information and to purchase the Bible.

  135. Hello sir!

    Im using your fantastic, One New Man right now!
    on my iphone, there is an app in itunes, that makes it possible to read the kindle version, on iphone/ipad!

    Though its not so study-friendly as the bibles you kan read in the app. called Bible Reader, by Olive Tree!

    When will it be possible to purchase it for this app?

    Olive Tree has several translations, thats possible to add, to the reader, some cost money, some are for free, like KJV, but to be honest, i like One New Man better, despite the fact, that KJV, untill now, has been my favourite!

    Bless you!!
    Keld Fink Chr


      • Rev Morford Sir,

        I live Nigeria. How may I lay my hands on a copy of the Bible? Is there any bookshop that has distribution rights over here?

        I was initially excited when I saw Keld’s statement about the app being on iTunes but disappointed when I saw your response that its non-updated & old. But this was in March. Is the app now available for purchase on iTunes? Or on Kindle? Thank You

        • Bolanie,

          A very up to date version, easy to browse, will be on Kindle before the end of the year. Actually the One New Man Bible is availabe through bookstores internationaly. Anchor Distributors carries it, so any bookstore can order it. Amazon also stocks it.

          blessings, Bill

    • Hello Rev. Morford,

      This is Elliott, remember your friend in Atlanta, GA. My wife and I and my mother-n-law have your “One New Man Bible”. We really enjoy studying it and we love the big print. We have an important question on first fruit, tithing, and offering. Does first fruit, tithing and offering applies in the New Testiment. Is there such a thing as 2.5 first fruit to give to the church? Your respond is greatly appreciated. Thank you Elliott!

      • Hi Elliott,

        Yes, I remember you. Tithing and other offerings definitely apply in the Church today. In Matt. 5:17, 18, Y’shua says not one letter will drop from Torah as long as the sky and Earth exist. First Fruits are different because it is to be the fruit of Israel and the only fruits given are barley, wheat, dates, figs, grapes, olives and pomegranets (Deut. 8:8). The quantities given are very small: two quarts of barley, two loaves of wheat, even if the farmer had hundreds or thousands of bushels, and one basket to hold the fall crops. The first fruits were given to the priest, who had no salary. The fruit was not to be the best, but the FIRST, emphasizing that the crops were a gift from the Lord. There is no monetary equivalent for First fruits. Blessings, Bill

        • Hello Rev. Morford.. I am very interested in this thread, but it cut off and I can’t read it all. Can you send your reply to Elliot to my email @ ateamof2@live.com please sir. Thanks.

          • I’m sorry.. I see that was the end of your reply.. It is my belief that your response about First Fruits also applies to the tithe; is that true?

    • Hi, Dr. Morford. I am so excited about the completed product. I remember Pastor Croft speaking about your efforts to get this completed. I was really sad to see you and Sister Gwen leave Columbia, but trust that God has blessed since departing. I want to tell you what an impact you both have made in my life, that your sweet spirit and quiet determination to do what is right and to follow God’s chosen path for your lives have inspired me to draw closer to Him and to become more dedicated in serving Him in Spirit and in Truth. Thank you for your faithfulness. I pray His continued blessing and protection for you both.

      • Hi Robin,

        Thank you so much for your comments. The Lord has indeed been blessing us, sending us out some, making these the best years of our lives – which is wonderful to say at 81. We pray great blessings for you, for your love for us.

        Love, Gwen & Bill

    • Mr. Morford,

      I hope this finds you, as I am not sure how to contact you. I really, really wanted to thank you. I adore this bible. I just read and read and read……….Im all over the place. I flip to find all the verses you put in parenthesis..and WOW. I really don’t know how to tell you how much I love and appreciate this bible. Its wonderful to have a translation that I can trust, and which is consistent with words. I also very much appreciate the notes and the glossary. If you ever come up with a new version, I hope you put the real names, cause I will really LOVE it. But other in that I really really appreciate the work you put into this. Everyday my life is full of treasures and magnificent discoveries. Its a wonderful life and God is so good for providing. A year ago I was diligently praying that God would make a way for me to understand the scriptures, and i was so anxious to know…what was in scripture. i told God I didn’t have 5 years to learn Hebrew and Greek, and asked Him to please make a way so I could understand it now. Then He opened my eyes, and the right after that I found this bible. I really am grateful, thank you for the time and work you put in to making this available.

      Thank you so very much,

      • Hi Juliett,

        Thank you ever so much for all the praise! Comments like yours make all the time spent on the project worthwhile. Like you, my preference is for properly transliterated names, which I put in initially, then changed to traditional names – which I do not like. Hopefully some day we’ll get them right.

        Blessings, Bill

        • Dear Mr. Morford,

          How would one pronounce the tetragrammaton (YHWH)? Also… what letters are missing in place of the apostrophe used for the Name of Y’shua?

          Yah Bless!


          *I asked Father one night where His True Name might be in the KJV and I instantly heard Psalm 68. I looked and there it was in verse 4… HalleluYah!!! I learned that the letter “J” is only 500 years old and that the proper pronunciation for that letter is with a “Y” sound. I love that His Name “Yah” is praised repeatedly in Psalm 118 in the ONM Bible! I too look forward to seeing a version using the True Names throughout. :)

          • Hi Deborah

            No one really knows how the tetragrammaton should be pronounced, though there are a few variations that are championed by certain believers. The J in our traditional English bibles did come from the German alphabet where the J is pronounced the same as the Hebrew yod. At the end of the Glossary there is a section on Hebrew words transliterated into English. The traditional English is way off from correct modern transliteration.

            Blessings, Bill

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