Y-H-V-H


God's Name

God's Name

In the Hebrew language the name of God is spelt in four letters. During the Old Testament times their alphabet contained only consonance. Because of this, no one knows exactly how to pronounce His name.

Jehovah is an English translation that is found in the King James Version. The problem is that the letter “J” is not even 1,000 years old and was the last letter to be added to any alphabet.

Yahweh became an attempt to correct the pronunciation of God’s name and yet the “W” was not correct either.

So sacred was this name that the Jews, in speaking it, would replace it with Adonai. It is listed over 6,800 times in the Old Testament. When the name appears it is translated in our Bibles with an all capital LORD. And in the context where Adonai and Lord appear then His name appears as GOD with all capitals as in Lord GOD.

The Jewish sages claim that the four letters of God’s name form the phrase, “He was, He is, He will be.”

This sacred name, Y-H-V-H, was only pronounce 10 times once a year by the High Priest during Yom Kippor. When the people heard the name they would bow in great reverence.

The true pronunciation is still hidden and yet no less sacred.

So, how did we get Jehovah in the first place?

If you were to look at the Hebrew text you would see dots and dashes above and below the letters. These are vowels that were added later to keep the language alive. But, because the Old Testament is read in worship every Sabbath, the Jews took the vowels of the name Adonai (Lord) and put them with Y-H-V-H so they would not accidently pronounce God’s name. This would clue them in to say “Adonai” ¬†instead.

Mistakenly, the translators of the King James did not realize this and translated it Jehovah, not understanding this principle.

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8 Responses

  1. I remember reading a book post college that was seriously taking a look at the difference between Jahovah and Yahweh, trying to make a point that there were two authors of the Pentateuch, one that referred to Jehovah and another that referred to Yahweh. I determined quickly that the author was ignorant of Hebrew.

  2. Sometimes I wonder if it is a name that can even be pronounced correctly by any “normal” person. I know that we are priests, but because God looks at our hearts and we now have Jesus, maybe it’s a case that we no longer need to know how to pronounce the sacred name. Maybe it was needed then. So sacred, packing a powerful punch, because at the time, Jesus had not come. Or maybe I’m spouting a bunch of nonsense. Regardless, this is an amazing post, and make me start thinking.

  3. Praise God for the way the Holy Spirit bears witness with us. I made a post recently that is on this exact issue. I have a friend that mentioned this blog for me to look at because it was about the same topic. Praise His name!

  4. Ugh, I liked! So clear and positively.
    Have a nice day

  5. Hi,
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  6. sweet info, I really enjoyed your post. Keep up the good work

  7. Now that is an awesome post. I will be sure to come back and tell others about your site. Keep up the good work.

  8. Hi, interesting post. I have been wondering about this topic,so thanks for writing. I’ll definitely be subscribing to your site.

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