- Written by Carl Jones
What is God’s ‘Name’? It is used used over 6,800 times in the Holy Scriptures. God has many important titles and God does have a name and His Name is important. In many English speaking translations of the Scriptures, the translators, used the word “LORD”, in place of where God's personal powerful holy name is written. Using or speaking God's name is not a necessity or an absolute requirement. If all you know, is - Heavenly Father, then you are good to go. We don't have to absolutely know the exact way His Name is to be pronounced. It is not about rigid requirements, but about faith and a loving relationship. It is not about having to address God by His Name or He does not hear you or He does not answer you. God is bigger and better and beyond our human standards and human ideas. On the flip side of the coin, using God’s Name is not forbidden in the Scriptures. The idea of not using His Name is rooted in superstition and fear, both which are not pleasing to God. If you have a Bible that uses, LORD, you could pretend that it is an acronym for, “Living Omnipresent Ruler Divine”. Some, like to say, “The Eternal” instead of Lord or some other reverent respectful title. There are many different opinions as to how God’s name is to be pronounced and so some say, rather than pronounce it wrong, some believe it is best not to try and pronounce it at all. Some say the Name of God can not be pronounced because it is literaly unpronouncable. Some say that it is not really "a name", but more of an idea or concept or figure of speach. "When we look at what God spoke to Mosheh (Moses), when Mosheh asked what God’s Name was (Exodus 3), it helps us to understand that name and possibly how to pronounce it. God said, “I am that I am” or “I will be that I will be”. In the original Hebrew it sounded something like, “eyeh asher eyeh”. This word “eh-yeh” is the root or heart of God’s Name. Depending on how this word is used in sentence structure, it has many different sounds; such as: hayah, yeh-hee, yee-yeh, veheyeh, etc (and many more). This word means “to be” or “to exist”. When God first told Moses, “I AM”, He was saying, “I will be” or “I will exist”, but then as God continues to speak to Mosheh, God, then declares His Name as “He will be” or “He will exist”. (God now changes direction from first person, “eh-yeh” to third person. When this happens, the letter, yod, is placed at the beginning of the word and the word changes sounds. There are many ideas about how this name is supposed to be pronounced. Some say “The Name”, pronunciation was lost over time and no one knows for sure. Some pronounce His name as: Jehovah, Yahweh, Yahawah, Yahuah, Yahoveh, Yehovah, or Yeheweh and so on and so forth. Normally, in most Jewish cultures and practice, His Name is regarded as so Sacred and Holy, that no one dares speak it, but uses titles only, such as, HaShem, Adonai, Ado-shem, etc. His name means, “He will be”. He will be forever and ever and ever. He will rule and reign as King for everlasting in Heavenly Jerusalem. He will be merciful forever and ever. The Almighty Y~H~V~H, He will be, king forever. Yes Heaven, the Kingdom of Heaven and it's King, will be forever. He will be!!! As His name is declared, it is a powerful declaration of the Eternal Everlasting Kingdom of Heaven, and the Eternal Everlasting Eloheem King of Heaven, and His Eternal Everlasting Reign! This, Y~H~V~H, Yud-heh-vav-heh is Eloheem's personal name. The letters that make up God's Name are declared as: Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh. Sometimes in the Scriptures, God's name is only written with the 'yud' and the 'heh' and most agree, is pronounced, something like “Yah” or "Yuh". The Hebrew word, “SHEM”, does mean 'name', but also can mean, 'character, power, reputation, report, mark, memorial, monument, authority, fame, and glory'. God's Name is important, but knowing Him personally, is much more important than knowing exactly how to say His name. Knowing His Name is good, but also know His character and authority. There are also many other names or titles by which God is called.
The Wonderful names of Elohim
EL: God ("mighty, strong, judge, prominent") used 250 times in the Tanakh
ELOHIM: God (mighty one, supreme judge, ruler; a plural noun, more than two, used with singular verbs); Eloheem occurs 2,570 times in the Tanakh
EL SHADDAI: God Almighty or "God All Sufficient." 48 times in the Tanakh
ADONAI: Master, Authority; Lord in our English Bibles (Capitol letter 'L ', lower case, 'ord') (Adonai is plural, the sing. is "adon"). "Master'' or "Lord" 300 times in the Tanakh
Y~H~V~Hrepresents God’s Holy Name. These four letters, called the tetragrammaton, are pronounced, Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh. There are many different opinions as to how exactly the name is to be pronounced or if it should even be pronounced at all. The name means, ‘He shall be’, The letters mean, ‘Hand~Behold~Nail~Behold’. The Name points to grace and mercy. The Name points us to Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah and the wonderful good news of salvation. In this article, when you see and read this “Y~H~V~H”, you could choose to say, Yud~Heh~Vav~Heh, HaShem, Adonai, The LORD, The Eternal or The Almighty. If you wish to try and pronounce the name, please do so respectfully and reverently. There are many different ways in which “The Name” is believed to correctly be pronounced and a few to consider are: Yeh-heh-weh, Yeh-weh, Yee-weh, Yeh-ho-vah. Other popular ways are: Jehovah, Yah-weh, Yah-u-weh, Yah-veh, Yah-u-ah, Yahu, etc.
Y~H~V~H: LORD in our English Bibles (all capitals). Y~H~V~H; Yud-heh-vav-heh is the covenant name of Eloheem. Occurs 6823 times in the Tanakh First use Gen. 2:4 (Y~H~V~H Eloheem). From the verb "to be", havah, similar to chavah (to live), "The Self-Existent One," "I AM WHO I AM" or 'I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE" as revealed to Moses at the burning bush, Ex.3. The name of God is called, The tetragrammaton.
YHVH-YEE`REH: "The Lord will Provide." Gen. 22:14. From "jireh" ("to see" or "to provide," or to "foresee" as a prophet.) God always provides, adequate when the times come.
YHVH-ROPHE: "The Lord Who Heals" Ex. 15:22-26. From "rophe" ("to heal"); implies spiritual, emotional as well as physical healing. (Jer. 30:17, 3:22; Isa. 61:1) God heals body, soul and spirit; all levels of man's being.
YHVH-NEESSEE: "The Lord Our Banner." Ex. 17:15. God on the battlefield, from word which means "to glisten," "to lift up," See Psalm 4:6.
YHVH-M'KADDESH: "The Lord Who Sanctifies" Lev. 20:8. "To make whole, set apart for holiness."
YHVH-SHALOM: "The Lord Our Peace" Judges 6:24. "Shalom" translated "peace" 170 times means "whole," "finished," "fulfilled," "perfected." Related to "well," welfare." Deut. 27:6; Dan. 5:26; I Kings 9:25 8:61; Gen. 15:16; Ex. 21:34, 22:5, 6; Lev. 7:11-21. Shalom means that kind of peace that results from being a whole person in right relationship to God and to one's fellow man.
YHVH ELOHEEM: "LORD God" Gen. 2:4; Judges 5:3; Isa. 17:6; Zeph. 2:9; Psa. 59:5, etc.
YHVH-TSIDKENUE"The L-rd Our Righteousness" Jer. 23:5, 6, 33:16. From "tsidek" (straight, stiff, balanced - as on scales - full weight, justice, right, righteous, declared innocent.) G-d our Righteousness.
YHVH-ROHEE: "The Lord Our Shepherd" Psa. 23, from "ro'eh" (to pasture).
YHVH-SHAMMAH: "The Lord is There" (Ezek. 48:35).
EL ELYON: 'Most High" (from "to go up") Deut. 26:19, 32:8; Psa. 18:13; Gen. 14:18; Nu. 24:16; Psa. 78:35, 7:17, 18:13, 97:9, 56:2, 78:56, 18:13; Dan. 7:25, 27; Isa. 14:14.
ABHEER: 'Mighty One', ("to be strong") Gen. 49:24; Deut. 10:17; Psa. 132:2, 5; Isa. 1:24, 49:26, 60:1.
KADOSH: "Holy One" Psa. 71:22; Isa. 40:25, 43:3, 48:17. Isaiah uses the expression "the Holy One of Israel" 29 times.
SHAPHAT: "Judge" Gen. 18:25
EL ROEE: "God of Seeing" Hagar in Gen. 16:13. The God Who opens our eyes.
KANNA: "Jealous" (zealous). Ex. 20:5, 34:14; Deut. 5:9; Isa. 9:7; Zech. 1:14, 8:2.
PALET: "Deliverer" Psa. 18:2.
YESHUA: (Yeshua = salvation, deliverance, healing, wholeness) "Savior" ("he will save"). Isa. 43:3. Jesus is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew "Joshua." The latter is a contraction of Yehoshua. ("Christ", the anointed one is equivalent to the Hebrew Maschiah, or Messiah).
GAOL: "Redeemer" (to buy back by paying a price). Job 19:25; For example, the antitype corresponding to Boaz the Kinsman-Redeemer in the Book of Ruth.
MAGEN: "Shield" Psa. 3:3, 18:30.
EYALUT: "Strength" Psa. 22:19.
TSADDEEQ: "Righteous One" Psa. 7:9.
EL-OLAM: "Everlasting God" (God of everlasting time) Gen. 21:33; Psa. 90:1-3, 93:2; Isa. 26:4.
EL-BEREET: "God of the Covenant" Used of Baal in Judges 9:46. Probably used originally to refer to the God of israel.
EL-GEEBOR: Mighty God (Isa. 9:6)
TZUR: "God our Rock" Deut. 32:18; Isa. 30:29.
Attiq Yomin(Aramaic): "Ancient of Days," Dan. 7:9, 13, 22.
MELEKH: "King" Psa. 5:2, 29:10, 44:4, 47:6-8, 48:2, 68:24, 74:12, 95:3, 97:1, 99:4, 146:10; Isa. 5:1, 5, 41:21, 43:15, 44:6; 52:7, 52:10.
Av: “father” 2 Sam. 7:14-15; Psa. 68:5; Isa. 63:16, 64:8; Mal. 1:6.
Eh-yeh– I am ; I will be ; I will exist ; I will
Ehyeh asher Ehyeh--- I am that I am; I will be that which I will be
Elohei Avraham, Elohei Yitzchak, Elohei Ya`aqov— "God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob".
Elohei Yisrael→ Mighty One of Israel
E'in Sof— "endless, infinite", Kabbalistic name of God.
HaKadosh, Baruch Hu— "The Holy One, Blessed be He".
KadoshYisrael— "Holy One of Israel".
Melech HaMelachim— "The King of kings”.
Melech Malchei HaMelachim---"The King, King of kings", to express superiority to the earthly rulers title.
Makom or HaMakom— literally "the place", meaning "The Omnipresent”.
Magen Avraham— "Shield of Abraham".
Ribbono shel `Olam— "Master of the World".
Ro'eh Yisra'el— "Shepherd of Israel".
Tzur Yisrael — "Rock of Israel".
Melech HaOlam--- King of the Universe
Worship the Awesome Almighty Holy One and learn His wonderful Names. Use them in prayer, in praise and in worship. Our God is an awesome God and has many Names by which we can call Him. article by Jones Carl Jones If you are interested in the pronunciation of God's Name, please read article, "What is His Name?"'