Hallowed Be Thy Name: Part 4 – YAHWEH

“I AM (YHWH) has sent me to you.”

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. So how much do we know about His Name? 

This fourth post is about the next Old Testament name of God:

#4 – YAHWEH

Lord, Jehovah 

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Yahweh occurs 6,519 times. This name is used more than any other name of God. Yahweh is first used in Gen 2:4:

“This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God (YAHWEH) made the earth and the heavens.”

Meaning and Derivation: Yahweh is the promised name of God. This name of God which (by Jewish tradition) is too holy to voice, is actually spelled “YHWH” without vowels. YHWH is referred to as the Tetragrammaton (which simply means “the four letters”). YHWH comes from the Hebrew letters: Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay. While YHWH is first used in Genesis 2, God did not reveal Himself as YHWH until Exodus 3. The modern spelling as “Yahweh” includes vowels to assist in pronunciation. Many pronounce YHWH as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah.” We no longer know for certain the exact pronunciation. During the third century A.D., the Jewish people stopped saying this name in fear of contravening the commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain” (Exd 20:7). As a result of this, Adonai is occasionally a substitute for YHWH. The following compound names which start with “YHWH” have been shown using “Jehovah.” This is due to the common usage of “Jehovah” in the English of these compound names in the early English translations of the Bible (e.g., the Geneva Bible, the King James Version, etc.).

“Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD (YHWH) — that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.” – Psalm 83:18

God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: “I AM (YHWH) has sent me to you.”‘ – Exodus 3:14

Our Father who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy Name (YHWH)


The descriptive covenant names of God in this series:

  1. El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
  2. El Elyon (The Most High God)
  3. Adonai (Lord, Master)
  4. Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
  5. Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
  6. Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
  7. Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
  8. Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
  9. Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
  10. Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
  11. El Olam (The Everlasting God)
  12. Elohim (God)
  13. Qanna (Jealous)
  14. Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
  15. Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
  16. Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

Taken from the Blue Letter Bible:  https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/misc/name_god.cfm

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10 responses to “Hallowed Be Thy Name: Part 4 – YAHWEH

  1. This series of posts on God’s name(s) is interesting, all focused on the Old Testament. So many names!

    As a Christian, not a Jew, I am content with the simple and very appropriate “Our Father” — the Creator — which is the term Jesus uses and what He taught us in the New Testament.

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    • The way someone interested me in the subject was to see the names as a way to better understand the Lord’s nature and His covenant relationship with His people. But of course, when Jesus said, “If you know me, you know the Father as well,” He brought us right in to a family relationship where we know God because we are family.

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  2. Very informative and interesting. Thank you!

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  3. A technical correction; “elohim” means “mighty ones”, as in plural. “El” means “mighty” in Hebrew, the suffix “im” denotes plurality, and we all know who was with YHWH from the beginning. Elohim is a title, not a name for a specific deity, for the gods of the pagans surrounding the Hebrews were also called elohim for they were the elohim or gods of those pagans, consider it a title like manager or lieutenant. The word god is also a mere title and not a name, so it can’t be blasphemed, same for the word lord. “Lord” may have been derived from a word used in babylonian baal worship, but we get its meaning wherever it came from, in the English translations of the bible they transposed adonai for lord.

    I always find it interesting that the translators of the kjv scripture decided to not use anything like the true names for the almighty and his messiah or the disciples, but satan is left more or less unchanged, very close to the actual Hebrew name.

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  4. “Blessed is He who as Not Seen and Yet Believes..” = For We have Eyes, – but do we see..?? Ears to listen with, but do we Hear..?? A Mind to dwell on thought, but wisdom seldom comes..?? Thru Faith & Trust, Your Answer comes…!!!

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  5. There is no such name as Yahweh or Jehovah. The YHVH (NOT YHWH, since there is no W in Hebrew) is a combined word that makes use of the shortened form of HYH (pronounced AhYah, God’s only REAL name, as seen in Exodus 3:13-15), which is YAH, plus the Hebrew word for breath, HVH (pronounced havah), Therefore we have YHVH (Yahavah), which means “the Yah breathed,” or sometimes “the Breath of Yah,” and is typically used along with Elohim (the Almighty Ones – always plural) in Scripture, making these words “the Yah-breathed Almighty Ones” referring to God in His Trinitarian form. The Jews stopped speaking this name, YHVH, as well as HYH, long before the third century AD, back in Jeremiah 44 (read vv 11-14 where a HYH says what He will do to the Israelites for blaspheming against Him, then vv 15-19 where the Israelites say how they refuse to listen to this word that Jeremiah speaks to them from HYH, making the response from HYH in the following verses, culminating in v 26, where He says,
    26 Therefore hear the word of HYH, all Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: ‘Behold, I have sworn by My great name,’ says HYH, ‘that My name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, “The Lord HYH lives.”
    At that time the name of HYH was excised from all Scripture, so that it was read and spoken as Adonai (Lord) instead. It’s all there for anyone who truly seeks to understand…

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  7. I’ll just leave this here;
    “Most scholars agree that the ancient pronunciation of the letter was more like a “W” and less like the “V” that it currently represents in the Modern Hebrew language. This assertion has a lot of support if we simply look around at modern use in other Semitic languages. In Arabic, for example, there is only the “W” sound, as the “V” sound does not exist. Among certain Jewish pronunciations, the original still holds true, as Yemenite Jews to this day pronounce the Vav as a “W” in specific cases. When Hebrew is written with pronunciation markings (nikud), a Vav without any markings is pronounced like the “V” in “very”, a Vav with a dot in the middle is pronounced “oo”, as in “fool” and a Vav with a dot on top is pronounced “o”, as in “go”.”
    http://www.hebrewtoday.com/content/hebrew-alphabet-letter-vav-%D7%95

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  8. Modern Jews having taken on the “W” sound as opposed to the original “V” sound does not change the fact that originally there was no “W” sound in the Hebrew tongue. My previous argument holds true, there is NO such thing as YAHWEH or Jehovah. BOTH are bastardized corruptions of Yahavah, which means “The Yah-Breathed One”. Diligent study and reliance upon the Breath of Yah Himself (the Holy Spirit) will bear this out every time…

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    • I would like to know what’s the point of this argument. These assertions, be they correct or not, miss the point of this post, which is to understand the nature of the Lord a little better by knowing His descriptive names.

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