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The Name of God and Messiah

By Bill Wong

 

 

 

 

Why don’t we know it?

 

The name of the one true God in the Bible is:

 

 יהוה


 

It is read and written from right to left in Hebrew. They are the 4 Hebrew letters:

 

yod =  י (‘Y’ sound)

 

hey =  ה (‘H’ sound)

 

waw = ו (‘W’ sound)

 

hey =  ה (‘H’ sound)

 

 

In English it is written as YHWH, often called the Tetragrammaton (the 4-lettered name of God).

 

 

Much of the confusion in knowing and pronouncing the name of God is due to the two points below, which have effectively hidden God’s name.

 

1)   In the first few centuries after the 6th century BCE (the Babylonian exile), the Jews thought the name to be too sacred to be uttered and stopped using the name.  The Mishnah (oral law/traditions) even declared that anyone who uttered the name or "pronounced the name as it is written/according to its letters" will not "have a portion in the world to come".  Through the millennia the name has supposedly been forgotten and we no longer know the pronunciation. It is perhaps the worse of ironies. By thinking the name is too holy to speak, you stop speaking it. But when you do this, it becomes a “self-fulfilling prophecy” and you have actually MADE the name not be holy, and have made it utterly worthless.

 

2)   The translations of the Old Testament (the Tanakh) from Hebrew to other languages did not try to transliterate the name of God. To transliterate something is to take a word/name in one language and pronounce it in another language while trying to keep as close as possible the actual sound of the name from the native language. Instead of doing this, the New Testament (the B'rit Hadashah which is in Greek) used the word ‘Kyrios’ (means Lord which is a title) both to mean the word/title Lord in addition to using it in place of Gods name יהוה or YHWH.  Virtually all English translations do the same: they use ‘Lord’ in lower-case to mean both the word/title Lord as well as for God’s name where “the LORD” with the word ‘Lord’ capitalized represents God/God’s name YHWH (when the term ‘Lord YHWH’ is in the text, it is translated instead as ‘Lord GOD’ in capitals). This is hiding God’s name in plain sight!  A few Bible translations use Jehovah or Yahweh instead of the LORD. Note that Jewish people substitute God’s name with the words ‘Adonai’ (Lord) or ‘HaShem’ (the Name).  This belief that God’s name is so sacred that it cannot be mentioned even goes so far as when Jewish people refer to God in print, they state G_d or something similar, not spelling out the entire word/name.  

 

 

Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to say that the name of God is not known by most people of the world, including by even those who profess faith in God and His only-begotten son Jesus.

 

Regardless of intentions, the end result of these two practices is the breaking of God’s 3rd Commandment. This is the 3rd Commandment:

 

Exodus 20:

7     " You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain,

     for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.   (NKJV)

 

 

Young’s Literal Translation perhaps gets the message across more clearly:

 

7     `Thou dost not take up the name of Jehovah thy God for a vain thing,

     for Jehovah acquitteth not him who taketh up His name for a vain thing.

 

 

To make something a vain thing is to make it useless and worthless; it is to make it nothing. This is the definition of ‘vain’ from Merriam Webster online:


VAIN:

 

    1: having no real value : idle, worthless <vain pretensions>

    2: marked by futility or ineffectualness : unsuccessful, useless <vain efforts to escape>

    3: archaic : foolish, silly

    4: having or showing undue or excessive pride in one's appearance or achievements conceited

           1: to no end : without success or result <her efforts were in vain>

           2: in an irreverent or blasphemous manner <heryou shall not take the name of the LORD

                 your God in vain, Deuteronomy 5:11 (Revised Standard Version)>

 

 

I hope you noticed what God said in His 3rd Commandment. God said He will not hold anyone guiltless who makes His name as nothing. But yet, that is exactly what the people who hide God’s name have done. They have created generations and generations of people who do not know the name of God, and even worse, to this very day, they have created an environment where many people have the improper attitude of not taking seriously or even caring to know the name of God.

 

However, God makes it clear in His 3rd Commandment that those who treat His name as nothing do not have the fear of the YHWH – a healthy respect and reverence for the God we worship, and therefore they do not have wisdom. And since they do not follow the 3rd Commandment, they also do not have good understanding:

 

Psalms 111:

10   The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.

      His praise endures forever.    (NKJV)

 

 

These people who hide God’s name have broken God’s 3rd Commandment and ignore His will that His name, which He has been placed in His people and in His holy city, should be exalted in the world. Instead, these people who profess to love God have essentially blotted out God’s name from history.   They have opposed God to His face and openly defy Him. They think their feelings of human reason and religiosity are greater than and overrides God’s commandments to exalt His name. There is no fear/reverence and therefore no wisdom; there is no obedience and therefore no understanding.

 

They have prevented people from speaking His name and altered and added to the inspired text to hide His name in defiance of YHWH, their God's commandment to not do such a thing (how bold, foolish and evil is this?):

 

Deuteronomy 4:

2 Ye shall not add unto the word which, I, am commanding you, neither shall ye take away therefrom,—that ye may keep the commandments of YHWH your God, which, I, am commanding you.    (EMP)

 

Deuteronomy 12:

32    “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.   (NKJV)

 

 

They do all this with a straight face, as if they are guiltless, but God says they will not be held guiltless.

 

However, the translators are not the only ones breaking the 3rd Commandment.  Believers even now who do not care to know God’s name are also accountable for breaking the 3rd Commandment, because they are contributing to making God’s name vain and useless, by keeping it unknown and not praising God with it. 

 

It is very important to note that breaking the 3rd Commandment is also using the name of God and Christ in a disrespectful manner.  Many people do this all the time when they reflexively say things like “Oh, my God!”, “God damn it” and “Jesus Christ!” (or variations of these) to express excitement/loss for words, exasperation and anger.  The names are used like empty filler words and curse words; this should not be.

 

With the name of God not being honored by the Jews or the translators, many people today hold the following two views:

 

1)   As briefly mentioned before, many people do not even care to know God’s name. Much of this is caused by the tradition of replacing God’s name with “the LORD” and now many people by habit think it is fine to just say “the LORD” to represent God, instead of using His actual name. But even to those who do know about how God’s name was hidden, many still say it is too sacred and do not seem to care to know or use God’s name. Excuses are even made as to why it is not really important to know or use God’s name.  Let us be clear:  there is absolutely no reason for anyone to not want to know God’s name and to actually use it.

 

2)   Due to the supposed loss of pronunciation of God’s name and perhaps even to the Hebrew nature of God’s name (after all, God gave it to us in Hebrew), many may try to know it, but then just give up and say “we can never know it so why bother”. Some do not even try at all. It is safe to say that God would not be pleased with such an attitude. Of course, anti-Semitism for centuries have kept many away from anything remotely Hebrew in the first place, so this does not help either.  We must be clear here as well:  it is not impossible at all to know how God’s name is pronounced.  It is an absolute lie to say it is lost and can never be known.  It can be known and it is not difficult.

 

 

We will briefly address these two points and show why they are both absolutely and completely wrong.

 

 

 

Why we should know it

 

Regarding why so many seem not to care or hold a stronger position in knowing and using God’s name, the first thing we must say is that not knowing or trying to know the name of God is related to breaking the 3rd of God’s 10 Commandments. It is making God’s name a vain, useless, unknown, thing.

 

In the Bible, God’s full name (יהוה or YHWH) is given over 6800 times. Think of that – 6800 times! Many of these times even comes with the specific instruction for people to revere, glorify, call upon, and use God’s name.   So we cannot say that God’s name “is too sacred” to utter; we cannot say it is not important to know. God gave His name to us these 6800 times explicitly for us to know and use His name.


When the translators use “the LORD” instead of God’s name, they have done a major disservice to everyone. Not only do they prevent people from fully knowing our God and knowing and glorifying His name, but using ‘Kyrios’ for both “the LORD” (God’s name YHWH) and ‘Lord’ (YHWH’s son, Jesus the Messiah) confuses who YHWH really is. Even a regular person can be called someone’s Lord!  And there is a difference as Messiah lets us know Himself when in Luke 20:41-44 He quotes Psalm 110 – “the LORD” capitalized is YHWH God, His father, but “the Lord” lower-case is referring to the Messiah Himself, who is YHWH’s son:


Luke 20:

41   And He said to them, "How can they say that the Christ is the Son of David?

42   Now David himself said in the Book of Psalms: ' The LORD said to my Lord, " Sit at My right hand,

43   Till I make Your enemies Your footstool." '

44   Therefore David calls Him 'Lord'; how is He then his Son?"    (NKJV)



This is how Psalm 110 reads and it is the same – “the LORD” is clearly YHWH and “the Lord” is Messiah, YHWH’s son:


Psalm 110:

1    The LORD said to my Lord, " Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."    (NKJV)



It makes one wonder if the decision in the New Testament Greek and English to use a substitute word and especially an ambiguous one such as ‘Lord’ for the name of God, was a deliberate one influenced by the fact that the translators believe God is a Trinity.  


The New Testaments use of ‘Kyrios’ and ‘Lord’ for both a title and God’s name causes great confusion, making it look like the ‘Lord’ (a title) and ‘the LORD’ (God Himself/God’s name) are referring to the same person when it is not.  This confusion is especially evident when “the Lord” is just used as “the Lord” and is not quoted from the Old Testament where it is easier to tell it means God Himself since usually the LORD in capital letters indicates so.  In these many other cases where just “the Lord” is used, how do we know which one is meant --- is it referring to the Lord (Messiah) or is it referring to “the LORD”, God Himself (God’s name) who is the Father of the Lord (Messiah)?  But our God YHWH is not a God of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).


So in a Trinity and many multi-God/God person doctrines, it would not matter to them so much to not know God’s name, because they think the Lord Jesus and “the LORD” are the same and the name of Jesus is therefore “enough” to know.  However, besides the fact that they are not the same (“the LORD” is not Jesus, but is the name of God, the Lord Jesus' father), Jesus' name in Hebrew has His father's name in it, so we still need to know God's name to know what Jesus' name is and what it means).

 

When we combine this substitution of God’s name with the fact that people are erroneously taught the Old Testament is somehow obsolete, the results are disastrous. Many people do not even look at the Old Testament and when they do, they do not take it seriously, because of the traditions that have deceived people into thinking the Old Testament are for Jews only and the hiding of the name. However, it is in the Old Testament where God’s name YHWH is given thousands of times.

 

Again, as mentioned earlier, the Greek in the New Testament uses ‘Kyrios’ so God’s name is hidden, similar to the way the English does. However, we know that God’s name was used, because Scriptures from the Old Testament are quoted repeatedly in the New Testament and the Messiah said He came to make His father’s name known, which means He definitely used His father’s name during His ministry:

 

John17:

6     "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world.

     They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.  

 

26   And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it,

     that the love with which You love Me may be in them, and I in them."    (NKJV)

 

 

Some say that it is sufficient to just call Him ‘Abba’ (daddy), because just like our fathers here on earth, we do not call them by their first names. This view ignores the previous two points above, but that aside, it is still not correct. Sure, we can also call Him Abba – yes, our Father's love covers all things and is infinite in scope,  because He is love incarnate and love is the most excellent way. But that is not an excuse to not know or use His name. 

 

Indeed, can we really say we know a person if we do not even know that person’s name? Does it make sense for a man to be in a covenant relationship (that is what marriage is) with his wife and yet he does not know her name? Even if a man is a father and is called “dad” by his children, shouldn’t these children also know their father’s name? How many times have we stopped to consider that “being on a first name basis” with someone automatically means we are in a closer relationship with that person? And also, when we know someone’s name, they are no longer just a blank face among a sea of unknowns.

 

God gave us His name so we may truly know Him in the most important covenant relationship of all – the relationship between our God, Creator, Father, to His creation, His children. He gave it to us over 6800 times for a reason, so it is not correct and disingenuous to say it is “fine” to not know His name. If we look at this totally objectively, can we really say we have as complete/full and true a relationship with our Heavenly Father and the Son of God (or any person) if we do not know their name?  No, we cannot have this full true relationship without knowing their names.


This is not even with us considering the fact that in Hebrew and in many ancient cultures, a name is more than just a name, it is of the most vital importance, like a title of sorts and has depths of meaning, including seminal events, a description of that person's very being, uniqueness and identity (what someone "is all about"), that person's life purpose and destiny, praise to the Almighty, etc.  So, in truth, in Hebrew (especially Biblical Hebrew which we are discussing), it is much more magnified and even more important that we know someone’s name, especially God’s name --- we need to not just know the name, but we must also know what it means (and therefore also know the name of His son who has His father’s name in His own name).

 

In Exodus 3 God tells us His name:

 

Exodus 3:

12   He said, "Certainly I will be with you. This will be the token to you, that I have sent you:

     when you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain."

13   Moses said to God, "Behold, when I come to the children of Israel, and tell them,

     'The God of your fathers has sent me to you;' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' What should I tell them?"

14   God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM," and he said, "You shall tell the children of Israel this: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"

15   God said moreover to Moses, "You shall tell the children of Israel this, 'YHWH, the God of your fathers,

     the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.'

     This is my name forever, and this is my memorial to all generations.

16   Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and tell them, 'YHWH, the God of your fathers,

     the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, "I have surely visited you,

     and seen that which is done to you in Egypt;

17   and I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite,

     the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey."'

18   They will listen to your voice, and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt,

     and you shall tell him, 'YHWH, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us.

     Now please let us go three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to YHWH, our God.'      (WEB)

 

 

The meaning of His name YHWH is related to the “I will be with you” in verse 12 and the “I AM WHO I AM” in verse 14 which should really be “I WILL BE/BECOME WHO I WILL BE/BECOME”. The verb ‘to be’ (“I will be”) in verse 12 & twice in verse 14 are in the Hebrew imperfect tense which means continuing, incomplete action (but not necessarily future) and is not the static/present tense; it is translated correctly as “I will be” in verse 12, but incorrectly in verse 14 (English does not have an imperfect tense and so uses the future tense).

 

When referring to God, the use of the imperfect form of the verb ‘to be’, especially since it is used twice in verse 14 (in Hebrew repetition intensifies the meaning/impact), would indicate eternal existence such as ‘I exist and will continue to exist’.  Essentially, the name YHWH means ‘He who was, is, and will be’ – the total and very essence of the verb ‘to be’, signifying eternal being and existence; and contextually, He is the eternal one who will be/become/make come to pass what He must be/become/make come to pass for His chosen people.

 

In verse 15 YHWH God says “this is my name forever” and it is a memorial to all generations. This is the definition of ‘memorial’ from Merriam Webster online:

 

MEMORIAL:

 

    1: something that keeps remembrance alive:

         as a: monument b: something (as a speech or ceremony) that commemorates

              c: keepsake, memento

    2 a: record, memoir <language and literature...the memorials of another age J.H. Fisher>

         b: memorandum, note; specifically : a legal abstract

       c: a statement of facts addressed to a government and often accompanied by a petition or remonstrance

         

 

It defies logic to think that His name which God has specifically said is forever and should always be remembered, is instead not known or used, for the sake of “it being too sacred”. Look at the definitions of ‘memorial’. What did the supposed scribes and teachers of the law done? Did they make God’s name a monument or keepsake? Do they commemorate it or make it like the vapor that blows in the wind? Did they make a record of it? Where? How do you say it?

 

Are you really keeping and not breaking God’s law, if you do not remember His name:

 

Psalm 119:

55   I have remembered your name, YHWH, in the night, and I obey your law.    (WEB)

 

 

Since they proclaim to be in covenant with Him, how can you be in covenant or contract with someone if you do not even know their name?

 

Does it make sense that the God who gave us the Holy Scriptures and whose name is in these Scriptures over 6800 times, should have His name be blotted out from HIS book?  The ones who do this have no fear of God, but they are in danger of having their names be blotted out from the Book of Life.

 

 

We must note also that Exodus 3 highlights the very definition of what a name is. A name is an identifier of a person. It is quite clear that Moses needed to know God’s name so God can be identified by all peoples to truly know who He is. In verse 13 Moses asks for God’s name – who should Moses say is the God of His people? God’s people must know the name of their God. God responds with YHWH, His name forever, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This YHWH is our God also – we also need to know His name!

 

Not only do we need to know God’s name, but as the meaning of a name shows, a name tells everyone who someone is. This is why in verse 18 God specifically says that Moses must tell Pharaoh that it is YHWH who demands His people be let go. A name is for everyone to know.   This is why God gave it over 6800 times – so all the peoples of the world will know who the one true God is and come and worship Him in spirit and truth.  

 

If your child was lost in a shopping mall, how would you try to find him? Do you just say: “Little boy, little boy, where are you?”, when the mall is filled with hundreds of little children? Or do you cry out his name: “Mikey Smith, Mikey Smith, where are you?”    

 

It is not an unidentified person like a “John Doe” that we are referring to. It is not just any boy, it is my son I am calling out to! And the boy is not looking for just any man or any father; he is looking for his father.   Likewise, we are not talking about just a god, because there are thousands of fake gods, but we are referring to our God, the one true God! A name is an identifier: it sets you apart from others and lets everyone know exactly who you are.

 

If there was a crowded room full of fathers and someone cried out “Father”, wouldn’t everyone respond because they are all fathers? However, if you called one particular father by his name, only he would respond.

 

Is it strange that everyone knows the names of the pagan gods that are worshipped, but yet the name of the one true God is not known? This in itself tells us that we MUST know God’s name, because the hiding of God’s name is proof that this world is currently under the control of the evil one, our enemy (2 Corinthians 4:3-4; John 14:30; 1 John 5:19). Satan hates God and has done his best to hide God’s name and hence has stopped us from fully knowing our God and giving God the true reverence due Him, and we should not let the enemy continue to do this.


In these end times we are in, there is another important reason why we must know God’s name and its meaning (and by extension His son’s true name and meaning).  This reason is related to the point we just discussed above on how strange it is that we do not know God’s name, but yet know the names of pagan gods. 

 

Satan’s attempt to hide the name of God helps him push his goal to rule through his Antichrist one world dictatorship and religion (Revelation 13).  There is a very strong push by the Roman Catholic Church to unify all religions under one world religion by using this great lie:  all religions worship the same God, but just in different ways and it is fine to do so and be saved.  The sad truth is that many people will believe this lie and one of the major reasons they will be deceived is because they do not know the name of the one true God – the God of the Bible!  

 

We can now more plainly see the bad fruit of not knowing God’s name by instead replacing it with titles like the LORD, Adonai, Hashem, etc. or just using the word ‘God’ to describe Him.  When we remove God’s name then it makes it very easy for deceivers to say that we all worship the same God.  It makes it easy to portray God as a mysterious force behind all the religions if we just use a title or description as His name instead of His actual personal name.  For example, people will think that the one true God is everybody’s Lord, is he not?  They will think that God is everybody’s God, is he not?  And because this is what they see and hence what they will think, they will say to themselves it is fine to worship Him just using ‘God’.  By saying His name is ‘God’ (because we do not know or want to use His real name), then this broad and generic word which is really a title/description will then be used to apply to every religion.

 

Because we do not know God’s personal name, the word ‘God’ will be used to apply to every religion, because it is only a title or description which allows ALL religions to insert their own beliefs and names of their gods/religious entities under this term ‘God’.  So for one religion, God is this.  For another, God is that.  For yet others, God is ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’, etc.  This is what Satan wants us to believe as he pushes his one world religion agenda. 

 

We should be able to see what the problem is of not knowing God’s name and why we should know it.  Satan simply wants people to use a generic term like ‘God’ (which can mean anything), and he simply does not want people to be able to specifically call upon the personal name of the one true God who is the God of the Bible and the father of the Messiah.  We must stop using titles and descriptions in place of God’s name, because this only helps Satan’s one world deception. 

 

In other words, someone’s personal name is an identifier.  Someone’s name identifies the person for who he is and what they are --- and at the same time it identifies someone for who they are not.  We MUST know God’s name now more than ever, because in these end times we are in, knowing God’s name is not just important to prevent being deceived by the enemy’s lies, but it is also one of the primary truths we have to defend ourselves and our faith. 

 

When non-Bible believers invoke the term/title/description ‘God’ which allows them to put in whatever they want due to its generic nature, they will say we all worship the same God, but just differently.  They will look at Bible believers as strange or intolerant if you do not believe as they do.  Will you be able to defend your position, your faith?  One way is to cite John 14:6 where Messiah says “I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through me”.  However, people who believe in the supposed same God movement will just ignore this truth and say that Jesus is just one way to “know” God; they will say that believers in Christ (“Christianity”) are just pushing their own way to know God.  We need more weapons in our arsenal to defend our faith to support the truth of John 14:6, and this means our defenses must start at the source: Who is God?  What is His name?  In these end times, we must know God’s name and who is He the God of?  Remember, knowing God’s name not just tells us who He is, but it also tells us who He is not.

 

We have already seen in Exodus 3:13-14 that Moses needed to know God’s name to be able to tell God’s people who their God is.  Of course, this applies to all believers, as well – we simply should know the name of our God, our Heavenly Father.  However, we must realize this also: when we know God’s name, it not only identifies Him for who He is, but also who He is not.  We see this clearly a little later in Exodus:

 

Exodus 5:

1   Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, "Thus says YHWH the God of Israel: 'Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.' "

2   And Pharaoh said, "Who is YHWH, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know YHWH, nor will I let Israel go."    (NKJV)

 

 

In Exodus 5 we can easily see the reasons why we must know God’s name.  We MUST differentiate the one true God from the gods of the world and the way the Bible tells us to do this is by knowing His name.  We have to know His name so we can differentiate it from the names of others and reveal the truth that the one true God is specifically a person who is our God and not just the God of anyone and everyone.  Knowing God’s name will therefore also very importantly identify Him as the God of which people.  We see this when Pharaoh says he does not know who YHWH is.  The reason why Pharaoh does not know YHWH is because YHWH is not his God!  YHWH is not Pharaoh’s God, but YHWH is the God of Israel!  YHWH is the God of our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel.  And this applies to everyone and all religions (not just Pharaoh and Egyptian religion): if these religions do not believe that YHWH is God and that YHWH is the God of Israel, how can they claim to be worshiping the same God as what you believe?  They cannot claim this and it is a lie.  They are worshiping other gods and other things, but not the one true God who is YHWH the God of Israel.

 

In other words, Satan’s lie to deceive the world to think we all worship the same God is trying to do the opposite of what God wants.  God says we must know His name to identify Him as the one true God who is your God and that He is not the God of someone else (or everybody else).  But Satan wants the opposite: Satan wants you to not know God’s name so you can be deceived to think that He is everybody’s God and we are all supposedly worshiping the same God.  No, the Bible is very clear: we must know God’s name so we know who our God is.  God is YHWH and He is the God of Israel.  So when people try to deceive you or say that we all worship the same God, all you have to say or ask yourself is this:

 

1)  The name of my God, the one true God, is YHWH.  If the “same” God we all supposedly worship is not named YHWH, then your “same” God is a false god and your false god cannot be and is not my God.  My God is YHWH.

 

2)  My God, the one true God, is the God of Israel (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel).  If the “same” God we all supposedly worship is not the God of Israel, then your “same” God is a false god and your false god cannot be and is not my God.  My God is the God of Israel.

 

So we must know what God’s name is.  It is the Biblically-prescribed way to separate our God, the one true God, from the gods of this world (which includes the enemy who is the god of this age) and the enemy’s lies.  Knowing God’s name identifies Him and it identifies you: your God is YHWH, your God is the God of Israel.  If someone tries to convince you that we all worship the same God, use the two points above to tell them they are deceived and you will not yourself be deceived.  In addition to these two points, you can add a third point and say that my God, YHWH has a son and it is ONLY through His son that we can know YHWH (you will see later why knowing Messiah’s name and its meaning adds to the importance of all three points).  

Comment: Since Jesus is the Blessed one who comes in the name of YHWH, His father, should we not know what that name is? 

 

After all this, have we stopped to just consider: Why should we not know the name of our Father to whom we offer our love, prayer, thanksgiving, supplication, worship, and devotion?  Our Father who loves us so much that despite our sins He would give us His only begotten Son?  

 

Jesus told us how to pray. In this model prayer we are told to hallow, make holy, the name of our heavenly father.  It is the very first thing He tells us to do! How can we hallow it if we do not know it? 

 

Luke 11:

1   And it came about that he was in prayer in a certain place, and when he came to an end, one of his disciples said to him,

    Lord, will you give us teaching about prayer, as John did to his disciples?

 

Matthew 6:

6   But when you make your prayer, go into your private room, and, shutting the door, say a prayer to your Father in secret,

    and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.

7   And in your prayer do not make use of the same words again and again,

    as the Gentiles do: for they have the idea that God will give attention to them because of the number of their words.

8   So be not like them; because your Father has knowledge of your needs even before you make your requests to him.

9    Let this then be your prayer: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

10   Let your kingdom come. Let your pleasure be done, as in heaven, so on earth.

11   Give us this day bread for our needs.

12   And make us free of our debts, as we have made those free who are in debt to us.

13   And let us not be put to the test, but keep us safe from the Evil One.    (BBE)

 

 

How can we honestly say we have sanctified God’s name when we do not even know it? Have we stopped to consider that since this is the model prayer and hallowing God’s name is the first thing mentioned, this means AT LEAST once a day we are to make holy God’s name?

 

Of course we should know God’s name. In addition to all we have discussed, to hallow God’s name is to be in obedience to both God and the Lord Jesus’ instruction.

 

Yet, some avoid the subject of the name, because they think it might supposedly change things that they are currently comfortable with or are used to.  Honestly, is this (or any) reason a legitimate reason to try to use and say it is not important to know what God’s name is?

 

We should be seeking God’s truth at all costs, because we love God and He IS truth.  God wants worshippers in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24).  There is no way we can say that God’s name is not part of this truth.  Of course not, God’s name is part of Him – it IS Him!  So if God is love and He is truth, than knowing His name is to know what truth is and what love is.

 

This is why He gave His name almost 7000 times – so we may fully know Him in spirit and truth and have the relationship with Him that we are always meant to have.

 

Here are some scriptures that tell us the importance of knowing His name:

 

Psalm 9:

10     Those who know your name will put their trust in you, for you, YHWH, have not forsaken those who seek you.   (WEB)

 

Psalm 83:

16     Fill their faces with confusion, that they may seek your name, YHWH.

17     Let them be disappointed and dismayed forever. Yes, let them be confounded and perish;

18     that they may know that you alone, whose name is YHWH, are the Most High over all the earth.   (WEB)

 

Psalms 91:

1        He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2        I will say of YHWH, "He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust."     (WEB)

 

Psalms 105:

1        Give thanks to YHWH! Call on his name! Make his doings known among the peoples.

2        Sing to him, sing praises to him! Tell of all his marvelous works.

3        Glory in his holy name. Let the heart of those who seek YHWH rejoice.

4     Seek YHWH and his strength. Seek his face forever more. (WEB)

 

Psalms 113:

2        Blessed be the name of YHWH, from this time forth and forevermore.

3        From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, YHWH's name is to be praised.

4        YHWH is high above all nations, his glory above the heavens.

5        Who is like YHWH, our God, who has his seat on high,

6        Who stoops down to see in heaven and in the earth?   (WEB)

 

Psalm 145:

17     YHWH is righteous in all his ways, and gracious in all his works.

18      YHWH is near to all those who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

19      He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him. He also will hear their cry, and will save them.

20      YHWH preserves all those who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

21     My mouth will speak the praise of YHWH.  Let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.    (WEB)

 

Proverbs 18:

10   The name of YHWH is a strong tower: the righteous run to him, and are safe.   (WEB)

 

Isaiah 42:

8     "I am YHWH. That is my name. I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to engraved images.   (WEB)

 

1 Kings 11

36 And to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant David may always have a lamp before Me in Jerusalem,

    the city which I have chosen for Myself, to put My name there.   (NKJV)

 

Jeremiah 3:

17    At that time they shall call Jerusalem 'The throne of YHWH;' and all the nations shall be gathered to it,

      to the name of YHWH, to Jerusalem. Neither shall they walk any more after the stubbornness of their evil heart.   (WEB)

 

Jeremiah 16:

19   YHWH, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction,

      to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies,

      even vanity and things in which there is no profit.

20   Shall a man make to himself gods, which yet are no gods?

21   Therefore, behold, I will cause them to know, this once will I cause them to know my hand and my might;

     and they shall know that my name is YHWH.   (WEB)

 

Jeremiah 23:

26     How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart,

27     who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor,

       as their fathers forgot My name for Baal.   (NKJV)

 

Ezekiel 39:

7     My holy name will I make known in the midst of my people Israel; neither will I allow my holy name to be profaned any more:

     and the nations shall know that I am YHWH, the Holy One in Israel.

 

25   Therefore thus says the Lord YHWH: Now will I bring back the captivity of Jacob,

     and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for my holy name.   (WEB)

 

Joel 2:

32   It will happen that whoever will call on the name of YHWH shall be saved;

     for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, as YHWH has said,

     and among the remnant, those whom YHWH calls.     (quoted in Romans 10:13, WEB)

 

Micah 4:

5    Indeed all the nations may walk in the name of their gods;

     but we will walk in the name of YHWH our God forever and ever.   (WEB)

 

Zephaniah 3:

8     "Therefore wait for me," says YHWH, "until the day that I rise up to the prey, for my determination is to gather the nations,

      that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour on them my indignation, even all my fierce anger,

      for all the earth will be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

9     For then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that they may all call on the name of YHWH, to serve him shoulder to shoulder.  

     (WEB)

 

Zechariah 13:

8      It shall happen that in all the land," says YHWH, "two parts in it will be cut off and die; but the third will be left in it.

9      I will bring the third part into the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will test them like gold is tested.

      They will call on my name, and I will hear them. I will say, 'It is my people;' and they will say, 'YHWH is my God.'"   (WEB)

 

Malachi 3:

16   Then those who feared YHWH spoke one with another; and YHWH listened, and heard,

      and a book of memory was written before him, for those who feared YHWH, and who honored his name.

17   They shall be mine," says YHWH of Armies, "my own possession in the day that I make,

      and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.   (WEB)

 

Matthew 23:

39   for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' "    

     (quotes from Psalm 118:26, NKJV)

 

Comment:  Since Jesus is the Blessed one who comes in the name of YHWH, His father, should we not know what that name is?  It is YHWH and Jesus’ name is derived from YHWH.

 

 

Ephesians 3:

14      For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15      from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,   (NKJV)

 

Comment: If you have His name, this means you belong to Him – you are His people. Should we not know the name of our God???

 

 

Hebrews 2:

10      For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things,

        in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

11      For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father;

        for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

12      saying, "I will proclaim Your name to My brethren, In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise."      

       (quotes Psalm 22:22, NASB)

 

Comment: Again, this is Jesus declaring His father’s name to us.

 

 

Revelation 14:

1   Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand,
    having His Father's name written on their foreheads.   (NKJV)

 

Comment: His name will be written on us, should we not know His name?

 

 

True, His name is sacred, but it is God Himself who gives us His name over 6800+ times so we may know it and use it, so who are we to try to hide it?  This very small sampling is evidence that knowing God’s name is of the utmost importance. The hiding of God’s name is just one of Satan’s many schemes and deceptions.

 

 

 

God’s name

 

Another reason people use to not know God’s name is that the actual looking into what God’s name is and how it is pronounced, is considered an obstacle.  Some do not want to go into the Hebrew at all.  Others do, but give up.  Many say that we can never really know how God’s name is pronounced so we just should not know it or use it. Some just go back to the idea of “who cares” and it must not be that important if we cannot figure it out.  Some hold it to be too sacred to pronounce and do not want to get it wrong.

 

The differences in the two names that many people do use:  Jehovah and Yahweh (pronounced yah-way), seem to support the idea that we just could not know His name.  For instance, briefly: while God’s name consists of three syllables like Jehovah has, there is no ‘J’ sound in Hebrew (as we can see from the Hebrew which has ‘yod’ with a ‘Y’ sound; the ‘J’ is a remnant from Old English which once sounded like ‘Y’ but now has its own ‘J’ sound).  Also, ancient Hebrew used ‘waw’ with a ‘W’ sound and not the current ‘vav’ with a ‘V’ sound (how ancient is God’s name?!?).  With Yahweh, it gets the letter sounds right, but it is only two syllables. There are other issues as well with these names.  

 

However, none of these reasons are valid reasons. 

 

We SHOULD want to know what God’s name is, and we CAN know it – it is not difficult at all.

 

We must remember that God is love, and love requires action.  Just as we are told that our words should come out of the treasure of our hearts, so should our actions:

 

Luke 6:

45   A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart

      brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (NKJV)

 

 

If we truly love God we cannot just sit by the sidelines and not try to find out His name so we may fully know Him and have the truest relationship with Him.  Since God is love, He expects action from us and indeed, if we love God, we should of our own will, also be moved to action.

 

In truth, if the good treasure of our hearts bring forth good things to say, then what does it mean if we never allow the holy name of YHWH to come forth out of our lips? For the people who purposely do not utter His name, it would mean at the very least that “you have nothing good to say”. This translates to the name of God not being considered good or otherwise it would be spoken.

 

Just think: when you have some good news, you want to share it with everyone – this is all that God is saying. He is our God, our Father, and He is good; His name is good. Why would we not share Him and His name with the entire world? A person’s name stands for the person Himself. Just as a person’s word is his bond and honor, so too is someone’s name – especially if He is the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with whom we are in a covenant relationship.

 

So let us now also be reminded, of course, that there is NO reason which can ever remove the truth that God’s name is important, is part of Him and we should know it.

 

How, though, can we know God’s name?  

 

Thankfully, God has actually made it easy for us to know His name. 

 

It is not a riddle.  It is not a trick. 

 

 

In the middle of all the back and forth with regards to how to pronounce YHWH, the following fact is completely lost: 

 

            In the Bible, God uses TWO forms of His name.

 

 

This other name is an actual name, not a title like the LORD or Adonai, and is absolutely easy to pronounce and use, with all scholars and Hebraists in agreement. 

 

In truth, most people already know the name.  How? 

 

Well, have you ever said ‘hallelujah’?  Yes, the ‘J’ should really be a ‘Y’, but the true ‘Y’ sound is nevertheless carried through.  So correctly, it should be spelled ‘halleluyah’.

 

Halleluyah is a universal praise and worship word, used by people from every nation, from ancient days. But it is more than that.  The lack of people’s attention to the Old Testament has blinded them to the fact that it is not merely a word, but it is really a phrase, a sentence.

 

It means:  Everyone, praise YAH!

 

YAH is God’s emphatic short-form name (note that the H must be pronounced strongly). 

 

 

Could you imagine that?!?  Millions of people throughout history have been saying God’s name all along and most do not even know it.  By the way,  this is another example of breaking the 3rd Commandment and making His name vain; we are not using it knowingly and think it means something else).

 

God’s name YAH is composed of the first two letters (YH, pronounced YaH) of His full name and is used 50 times in the Old Testament.  This does not even include the numerous times the name YaH occurs in the names of places and people. 


For example, when you say the names Isaiah and Jeremiah, that ‘Y’ sound you hear is in fact God’s name YaH.  Isaiah means ‘YaH is Salvation’ and Jeremiah means ‘YaH raises up’.   The reason why we do not see a ‘Y’ or even a ‘J’ is because the ‘I’ is also a remnant of Old English, and like the ‘J’ it once had a ‘Y’ sound associated with it.  Most times that you hear the ‘yah’ sound in a name it is referring to God’s name YaH.   By the way, the name Elijah is another example of a name where the ‘J’ should really be a ‘Y’; it means ‘My God is YaH’.  There is no way that God’s short-form name YAH can be misspelled or mispronounced.

 

So what exactly happened that has made most people not even know about God’s name YaH?

 

Once again, the English translations of the Bible must bear much of the blame and have done a disservice to everyone.  The phrase ‘Everyone, praise YaH’ is instead translated as ‘Praise ye the LORD’ or ‘Praise the LORD’ or some such variation.  The word ‘lord’ has again replaced the name, even the short-form name, of God.  By doing this, people miss entirely the fact that God has another name we can use.  They do not know they are even saying it, and therefore do not realize that yes indeed they DO know what God’s name is.  They also fail to see that God’s name is additionally in multitudes of other places such as the names of places and people.

 

The word ‘lord’, after all, is just a title – it is not a proper name, much less the proper name of the Almighty God, our Heavenly Father.   Through time, because of the translations and people being kept away from the Old Testament, ‘halleluYah’ which is the sentence ‘Everyone, praise YaH’ that exhorts everyone to praise Him and gives us His name YaH, has been handed down to everyone as just a praise word spelled with the letter ‘J’: ‘hallelujah’.  This effectively hides the fact that God’s name is even in it, but yet it is always there all the time and people have been exclaiming His name without even realizing it.   Praise Yah that ‘hallelujah’ still retained the ‘Y’ sound.

 

It is puzzling.  How difficult is it to use God’s name YaH in the Bible? There is no confusion at all about how it is to be pronounced and it is very short and easy (possibly purposely like this for our sakes so we do not have to keep arguing about how His name is to be pronounced).  So why did they leave it out most times?  In the King James Version which is one of the most popular “literal” or “word-for-word” translations of the Bible that has been used for 400 years, the name YaH is only used ONCE out of 50 times!   The rest is replaced by “the LORD”. Why just once and not more?  Why not ALL?  Again, there is no problem or confusion in knowing what it is or how it is pronounced.  So why arbitrarily choose how many times (once)?

 

Well, what has happened has happened and we must look forward. 

 

 

If you did not know God’s name is YaH, now you do.  And since we know it, we should use it. 

 

Moses, David, Solomon, and Isaiah used it. 

 

Moses, the prophet who led the children of Israel out of Egypt, received the 10 Commandments, who God called the meekest (most humble) man, and wrote the Torah (first 5 books of the Tanakh/Old Testament), used it. 

 

King David, the king of Israel during its golden age whose faith defeated Goliath, was inspired to compose the Psalms, and is the person whom the line of the Messiah comes forth, used it.

 

King Solomon, the wisest man on earth besides Messiah, used it.

 

Isaiah, the prophet whose writings most elaborately has as its subject the prophesied Messiah to come and the things that will befall in the end of days, also used it.

 

Everyone who has ever said ‘HalleluYah’ has used it (it might have even been you), but most have done it unknowingly. But now that we know what the actual name is of who it is we are to offer our praise, worship and love, we should be using it, too, in the proper way and understanding so as true worshippers we can worship God in spirit and truth, which is what He seeks (John 4:23-24).

 

 

There are some who still say it is disrespectful to use God’s name since He is our father or for some other reason. What? Why then did He give us His name thousands of times, telling us to glorify His name? Instead, it is disrespectful to God if we are not obedient to Him and refuse to know and use His name. Even worse, compounding the problem, is to use another word or title to REPLACE the use of God’s name. Now, that it is the ultimate disrespect – both not obeying God’s command to know and use His name, AND substituting it with something else, because we think it is “too holy” to utter. How is this showing love to the God whom we profess to love? It sounds like the traditions of men overriding God’s will, but the end of these traditions are never good:

 

Matthew 15:

3   He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

4   For God commanded, saying, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'

5   But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God" ---

6   then he need not honor his father or mother.' Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.

7   Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

8   ' These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.

9   And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' "   (NKJV)

 

Proverbs 14:

12   There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.   (NKJV)

 

  

Seriously, how can we just say: “Praise the LORD!” (which as we saw is really hallelujah / halleluYah - a call for everyone to praise Yah) or say: “Blessed be the name of the LORD”, or say: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD”, when we do not even know God's (the LORD’s) name?????   Does this make sense?  How can we truly be loving, obedient and respectful to Him, praise and bless Him, and worship Him in spirit and truth, if we do not even know His name?   Who is "the LORD"....?!?!?  He is Yah!

 

We must know the name of the God we love and worship.

 

So if we are doubtful to use any one of the transliterations of YHWH (like Jehovah, Yahweh or others), because our conscience tells us they are not correct and we do not want to get the sacred name of God wrong, then we no longer have to worry.

 

The Bible makes it clear that God has a short-form name YaH and it is perfectly fine to use it.

 

There are no more excuses – we must use the name!

 

It is the name we are to hallow in our prayers and the name we are to call upon as our fortress. It is the name of our God we are to raise up while others have their pagan false gods. It is the name that will be written upon our foreheads.

 

It is the name of the Almighty God, our Heavenly Father who has provided for our atonement by the precious blood of His only-begotten son. It is the name of the one who has adopted us as co-heirs of the New Jerusalem and the new heavens and new earth.

 

So why would we not want to know it? Why would we not want to use it?

 

 

HalleluYAH!

 

Note: Please see ‘Appendix of YAH occurrences’ at the end of the article.

 

 

 

The Name of the Messiah (HaMaschiach) 

 

God’s name also occurs in a 3-letter form (the first 3 letters YHW) which occurs in the beginning of many names. Examples in English Bible are: Jehoshaphat, Jehoachin, Jehozadak. Earlier in this article we mentioned the issue with the name Jehovah where the ‘J’ should be ‘Y’. This applies to all Hebrew words as well, so our examples above should really be Yehoshaphat, Yehoachin, Yehozadak.

 

The Hebrew letter ו (‘waw’/W) can also be used to signify long vowels ‘U’ or ‘O’. This is why the first 3 letters of God’s name YHW is translated ‘Yeho’ where:

 

YHW = YeHoW

 

 

Note: Only three Hebrew letters have both a consonant and a vowel attribute, and God’s name YHWH contains all three of them (the W as stated above, the Y with its vowel of usually long ‘E’, and the H with its usually long ‘A’):  

 

                           "The alphabetic signs ו ,ח, and י addition to their normal use as consonants, frequently function as markers of

                             long vowels.  When the signs are used this way, they are not consonants.  Therefore, they are called matres

                             lectiones, "mothers of reading"....

                              - 'A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew, Revised Edition', Matres Lectionis,

                                Kelby Bowers, Compublishing, page 7, 1995.  C. L. Seow.

 

 

However, there is another problem. Though we see that the YHW is translated as Jeho (Yeho) in most Bibles, is this really correct?

 

Should it really be: 

 

YHW = YaHuW

 

 

Should the first 3 letters YHW of God’s name be translated Yeho or Yahu?

 

Evidence indicates YHW should be pronounced Yahu.

 

 

Ancient pottery and cuneiform clay tablets found indicate that the first three letters of God’s name, YHW, is pronounced Yahu and not Yeho (or Jeho).  For example, King “Jehoiachin” had a spelling and pronounciation of ‘Yaukin’ (New Unger’s Bible Dictionary).  The Murashu texts were cuneiform texts which were unearthed near Nippur in Iraq, and date back to the 5th century BCE.  These texts show that during their exile in Babylon, the Israelites were heavily involved in the business community.  The texts were a record of business transactions which had the names of many Jewish people who had the YHW name of God in the beginning of their names, and the vowels used show they were all pronounced as Yahu (YaHuW) and never Yeho.

 

                             "The evidence from the Murashu documents thus corresponds to that from other sources:

                              after the Exile the ordinary form of the divine name used as an initial theophorous element was yahu"

                              - “Patterns in Jewish Personal Names in the Babylonian Diaspora”, Journal for the Study of Judaism,

                                 Volume IV, Issue 2, p.183, 1973. M.D. Coogan.

 

The Murashu texts were written at least 1200 years before the Masoretic text (Masorah – “tradition”) of the Tanakh/Old Testament. The Masoretic text was written between the 7th to 11th century CE by the Masoretes who were rabbinic scribes, which has a vowel pointing system of dots, dashes, etc. symbols (Nikkud) to tell you which vowel sounds to use for pronunciation. The Masoretic text uses Yeho and this text with its vowel pointing is what has been passed down to this day.

 

 

Some people say that the Hebrew language itself evolved such that some words will shorten the first vowel sound if the stress or accent falls on a syllable that comes after this first syllable. However, even if this were the case, this clearly was NOT what was meant to be from the beginning. Also, there is no evidence that this should even be applied in a name. If this language evolution theory is true, to completely gloss or skip over the pronunciation of our Heavenly Father’s name is gross disrespect and plain laziness.

 

Of course, the entire idea of changing the vowel at the beginning of a word is all very dubious and convenient since it is the Masoretes who have shaped the language with the underlying premise of forbidding the utterance of the name of YHWH as being “too sacred”. We are to be assured then, that laziness is not involved at all, but instead it is gross disrespect combined with deliberate manic obsession from the illogical mind of man, which counters the Word of God that gives YHWH’s name almost 7000 times.  

 

So the fact that YHW is pronounced as Yahu (YaHuW) and not Yeho should not be surprising, because as we have already seen, God’s short-form name is YaH and the Jews began very early after the Babylonian exile to avoid the use of God’s name. By the instruction of the rabbis and the Talmud, people were prevented from speaking God’s name even by accidentally reading it at the beginning of names. No amount of excuses or distortion of the punctuation can dismiss the reality that removing and replacing the name of YHWH everywhere by the rabbis and scribes is at the forefront of the minds of the people who profess to love Him and be YHWH’s people, but they have created and propagated a great deception.

 

 

There are other ways we know that the first 3 letters of God’s name should be pronounced as YaHuW and not Yeho.

 

 

It must be noted that the vowels were originally only the 'A', 'I' and 'U' vowels (the 'I' is long 'ee'), and other vowel sounds, such as the 'E' and 'O', were derived from them.  With God's name being the most ancient of words, we find that the prefix Yeho does not have any of these vowels, but Yahu does reflect these original vowels:

 

                             "The original vowels in Hebrew, as in the other Semitic tongues, are a, i, u.  E and o always arise from an 

                              obsuring or contraction of these three pure sounds"

- 'Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar Second English Edition', Peculiarities of the Gutturals, Oxford University Press, page 35, 1910.  Wilhelm Gesenius, edited and enlarged by E. Kautzsch.

 

 

Also, when Leah gave birth to her last son, she named him Judah:

 

Genesis 29:

35  And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah.

    Then she stopped bearing.   (NKJV)

 

 

Judah is actually a shortened form of the name. It is from the name Judah that we get the term ‘Jew’ (again, the ‘J’ should really be a ‘Y’). In the Masoretic text the full name is Yehudah which begins with YHW. So Judah effectively drops the ‘H’ from pronunciation; this is called ‘syncope’ when a letter, usually a weak guttural letter (which is what the ה (‘H’) is), is dropped in the middle of a word. A guttural letter is a letter that is created in the throat.

 

In Hebrew it is written as follows (read from right to left):

 

יהודה

 

The 4th letter is: dalet = ד (‘D’ sound)

 

As we can see, the name uses YeH instead of YaH, but the ו /W is pronounced as a long ‘U’. So it looks like this: YeHuWDaH. But should this really be YaHuWDaH instead? In other words, instead of Yehudah, should it really be Yahudah?

 

Again, in ancient times, the name of people have very important meanings. We see this all over the Bible when the names of people describe who they are or will be, what they will do, or the name reflects some significance pertaining to the event or timeframe of birth. The last part is what is reflected in YeHuWDaH.

 

When Leah named him, she said she will now “praise” YHWH. The Hebrew word to praise with extended hands is the primitive root word ‘yadah’, Strong’s #3034 (read from right to left):

 

YaDaH  = ידה

 

His name, however, means to praise YHWH, so the word ‘yadah’ (YaDaH) is given additional letters to represent the name of God. It now becomes ‘Yahudah’ which means to praise God with extended hands which is exactly what Leah meant (read from right to left):

 

YaHuWDaH  = יהודה

 

 

We can see the addition of the H and W after the Y makes it YaHuW at the beginning of the word, thus adding God’s name into it.

 

But note that the Masoretic text retains the ‘U’ sound even though it replaces YaH with YeH. In other words, we do not get Yehodah, but we get Yehudah from which Judah and then Jew comes. Why would the ‘A’ be dropped so we do not get YAH at the beginning of the name when the name so obviously includes God? Indeed, the name is to praise Him? The dropping of the ‘A’ while retaining the ‘U’ reveals that it should be Yahu. How can the Jews, who in this case are LITERALLY called by God’s name, still go ahead and proceed to blot out God’s name?

 

It is just more evidence of why the heart of man is desperately sick/wicked and full of deceit (Jeremiah 17:9), and because of his sin will always fight against God, unless God Himself provides the remedy that gives a heart of flesh and the gift of eternal life purchased by blood of the spotless Lamb of God.

 

 

We see something similar happen to the name of the Messiah. The name Jesus is the English translation of the Latin from Greek translation of the Hebrew name Joshua, which is generally believed to be the name of the Messiah, the only-begotten Son of God. Similar to Judah, the name Joshua is also shortened. The Masoretic text full name is Yehoshua‘ and is written in Hebrew as either (read right to left):

 

יהושוע (has 2nd ו (‘waw’/W) specified for “shua” sound; this form occurs 2 times in the Tanakh)

 

Or

 

יהושע (no 2nd ו (‘waw’/W) specified; Hebrew often does not use letter vowel indicators; this form occurs 216 times in the Tanakh)

 

 

The reason for two ways of writing the same words/names due to a missing vowel letter is:

 
" י and ו  are sometimes missing when we should otherwise have expected them.  The shorter spelling is called defective and the longer, full"
- 'Introduction to Biblical Hebrew', Sounds and Spelling, Prentice-Hall, page XXIV, 1971. Thomas O. Lambdin. 


The 4th letter is shin = ש (‘SH’ with "sh" sound) and the last letter is ayin = ע (guttural sound, often not vocalized, uses ‘ (open single quote) as the English identifier; like the ה = hey, it is also a guttural letter). 

 

 

The reason why we get a "shua" sound with the short A-sound at the end before a silent ayin, is because guttural letters:

 

"prefer before them, and sometimes after them, a short A-sound, because this vowel is organically the nearest akin to the gutturals" 

- 'Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar Second English Edition', Peculiarities of the Gutturals, Oxford University Press, page 77, 1910.  Wilhelm Gesenius, edited and enlarged by E. Kautzsch. 

 

 

 

And just like how the name Judah/Yehudah has a special meaning, so does Joshua/Yehoshua.

 

Before Moses changed his name to Joshua, Joshua’s name was Hoshea (Numbers 13:16).

Hoshea is Strong’s #1954 and means salvation/deliverer.

Written in Hebrew it is (read from right to left):

 

הושע

 

 

We should notice immediately that the only thing that Moses did to rename him was that Moses added the י yod (‘Y’) at the beginning of his name. However, by adding this, the YHW of God’s name is at the beginning of the name, which now includes YHWH into the meaning of the name. Since Hoshea already meant salvation/deliverer, now Yehoshua means YHWH is salvation/deliverer. This is exactly the name and the meaning of the name that the angel Gabriel told Joseph to name the Messiah:

 

Matthew 1:

21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”   (NKJV)

 

 

Just like Judah, the name Joshua also drops the ‘H’ from pronunciation via syncope so it is not Yehoshua, but Yoshua/Joshua. However, there are different grammatical mechanics at work in the names.

 

In Judah we clearly see that the ‘U’ in Yahu is retained even though YaH is replaced with YeH (we get Yehudah, not Yehodah, and the existence/retention of the ‘U’ reveals the truth that it should be Yahudah).

 

In the case of Joshua, though, what happens is that when the ‘H’ is dropped, the vowels before and after the ‘H’ – the ‘A’ and ‘U’, combine to form a diphthong (merging of two vowels), which produces a long vowel ‘O’ sound (without the ‘H’ between them, vowels ‘A’ + ‘U’ = ‘O’). The formation of this ‘O’ diphthong from the combination of ‘A’ + ‘U’ again reveals that YHW is not supposed to be pronounced as Yeho with the vowel ‘O’ after the ‘H’, but YHW should be pronounced as Yahu.

 

Yahushua becomes Ya_ushua, which becomes Yoshua/Joshua where ‘Yo’ = ‘Yau’ (note the missing ‘H’).

 

The condensed diphthong form ‘Yo’ or ‘Yau’ (YW, where the middle ‘H’ is dropped) deriving from ‘Yahu’ (YHW) is also attested to in ancient cuneiform texts that predate the Masoretic text by several centuries:

 

                                 "In the cuneiform texts Yeho [YHW], Yo [YW] and Yah [YH] are written Yahu,

                                  as for example in the names Jehu (Yahu-a),

                                  Jehoahaz (Yahu-khazi) and Hezekiah (Khazaqi-yahu)"

                                  - "Higher Criticism", page 87. A. H. Sayce.


 

So we see that the Masoretic text is not really being up front at all about how the words are to be pronounced.

 

 

The Messiah’s name is derived from the Hebrew word for ‘salvation’, read right to left:  ישע (YaSha‘).  

 

The Messiah’s name also has His father’s name clearly within it.

 

 

The Messiah’s name is, from right to left:

 

יהושוע  YaHuWSHuWa‘ (Yahushua‘) = the full spelling with second ו

 

     OR

 

 יהושעYaHuWSHa‘ (Yahusha‘) = the defective spelling without second ו

 

 

The יהושע spelling would be produced in the same manner as the name Yahudah.  God takes the word for ‘salvation’ – ישע (YSh‘ = YaSha‘),  and then inserts the same letters (the ח (H) and ו (W)) to have His name incorporated into the word to create a new name which combines both meanings.  This gives us YaHuWSHa‘.

 

This shorter form occurs in the majority of instances.  Both spellings of the name of the Messiah:  YaHuWSHuWa‘ (Yahushua‘ - occurs 2 times) and YaHuWSHa‘ (Yahusha‘ - occurs 216 times), clearly contain the name of God within them and are present in the Tanakh, and therefore can be considered Biblical. 

 

The shorter Hebrew or Aramaic form Yeshua‘ – ישוע occurs 29 times in the Tanakh and is also Biblical (this form is used most often today, but it does not indicate Gods name YaH and is usually considered to just mean salvation and not YHWH is salvation).

 

 

This is how Yahusha‘ / Yahushua‘ / Yeshua‘ became Jesus:

 

Yahusha‘ / Yahushua‘ (Hebrew)

                ||

                v

    Yoshua/Yeshua‘ (compacted/Aramaic

                ||

                v

          IESOUS (Greek/Latin)

                ||

                v

             IESU (old English)

                ||

                v

           Jesus (modern English)

 

 

All three variations of the name of Messiah: Yahusha‘ / Yahushua‘ / Yeshua‘ are Biblical and can be used.  


It is for the reasons above that it is this authors opinion the most correct/true name of Messiah is Yahusha‘ --- it is the one which occurs most frequently, clearly has YHWH’s name in it and is the combination of YHWHs name with the word YaSha (salvation) indicating YHWH is salvation, following the example of the name Yahudah.

 

Please note that Yahshua‘ is not the name, because a Hebrew form for Yahshua‘ does not exist (this required form: יהשוע does not exist).

 

 

Yahusha‘ / Yahushua‘ / Yeshua‘ the son of Nun (Deuteronomy 31:23) led Israel into the physical Promised Land, but it is Yahusha‘ / Yahushua‘ / Yeshua‘ the only-begotten Son of God who will return and restore this land, and lead Israel (all believers, Jew and Gentile) into the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life and the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21).

 

How important is knowing the name of Messiah?  Well, all knees will bow to Him and His name is not Jesus, but it is the Hebrew Yahusha‘/ Yahushua‘/ Yeshua‘:

 

Philippians 2:

9   Therefore YHWH also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

10   that at the name of Yahusha‘ / Yahushua‘ / Yeshua‘ every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

11   and that every tongue should confess that Yahusha‘ / Yahushua‘ / Yeshua‘ the Messiah is Lord, to the glory of YHWH the Father.

 

 

 

Just a quick word

 

I know that many people have different views on how to pronounce God’s name (mostly Yahweh, Yehovah/Yehowah) and some may want to err on the side of caution and not use any particular pronunciation of His full name.  This is very much respected; it is up to the son and daughter of God to diligently study and be convicted as to which to use.

 

However, if you feel that you do not want to accidentally use an incorrect full name, then there is still no excuse for you to not use YAH, which is without a doubt God’s name and is also uncontestable in the fact that there is no confusion as to how it is pronounced. HalleluYah to that.

 

There is no arguing the fact also that God commands His name to be known and used; to be called upon by His chosen people. It is not a name to be treated as nothing or as superstition. It is the name of the Almighty God – our Maker, who knew us from the womb and stitched us together. It is the name of the one who created us so we may have an intimate and eternal relationship with Him.

 

Yes, we may call Him ‘Abba’, but almost 7000 times we are also reminded that He is also our God and we should know and call Him by name. He knows you and all the stars in the universe by name, how is it possible that we do not know the name of the one true God?

 

If you want to proceed with knowing how the full 4-letter name of God was pronounced, please read the next section below.  

 

 

 

God's Name part II

 

We see that the first 3 letters (YHW) of God's name is pronounced as YaHuW.  Only the last letter is not accounted for.  So what is the pronunciation of this last syllable with the second and final 'H'?  There are only two sounds that can be produced for this final syllable; it is either an -ah or an -eh sound.  This results in the name of God being pronounced in only one of two ways: 
 
YaHuWaH

 

or

 

YaHuWeH
 


Which is correct?  The evidence points to YaHuWaH as being the correct way to pronounce the name of our Heavenly Father.  
 
We will now discuss briefly.  Note:  The reasons below are also why Yahweh cannot be correct.  Despite its popularity, the pronunciation of Yahweh is largely derived from comparing it to Latin pronunciations of the name to verify what the Hebrew "must have been" and does not account for the following points:
 


1.  As we stated earlier, the most ancient vowels are the 'A', the 'I' and the 'U', and other vowels only come from a combination of these.  Since God's name is the most ancient of words, it would be logical to expect that only a vowel sound from an 'A', 'I' or 'U' would be contained in His name.  The vowel as represented in the '-eh' ending is not one of these ancient vowels.
 


2.  The matres lectiones / vowel letters began to be used in the 9th century BCE which means before this, the final 'H' would have been considered a consonant and had to be pronounced, and it was not used as a vowel letter placeholder.  Archeological evidence puts the date of the Exodus several centuries earlier (about 600 years earlier in the 15th century BCE) which was when God told Moses His name.  Also, with the final 'H' being pronounced, this means YHWH must have three syllables and not two.  
 
                          "From the ninth to the sixth centuries (i.e. pre-Exilic period, before the fal of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. and the 

                           Babylonian Exile) the consonants י y, ו w,  and ח h were used at the end of a word to indicate final vowels"

                            - 'Introduction to Biblical Hebrew', Sounds and Spelling, Prentice-Hall, page XXIII, 1971. Thomas O. Lambdin. 


                          "However, if the word were spelled with four letters in Moses' day, we would expect it to have had more than two

                           syllables, for at that period there were no vowel letters.  All the letters were sounded."

                           - 'Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament', entry 484 ('hawa'), Moody Bible Institute, page 211, 1980.

                              R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer. Jr., Bruce K. Waltke.
 


3.  We can see in the name YHWH itself that the form of the verb 'to be' is not the present 'hayah' with the 'Y', but it is the more ancient 'hawah' with the 'W'.  This is why God's name has the 'W' in it and not another 'Y'.  However, the use of an -eh in the verb is a more recent development. We therefore have a combination form in YHWH where both old and new forms of the verb 'to be' are used.  This is an impossibility as put below:
 
                          "Actually, there is a problem with the pronunciation "Yahweh".  It is a strange combination of old and late elements.

                           The first extra-Biblical occurrence of the name is in the Moabite Stone of about 850 B.C. At that time vowel letters

                           were just beginning to be used in Hebrew.  If YHWH represents a spelling earlier than 900 B.C. (as would seem

                           likely), the final "h" should have been pronounced.  The pronunciation Yahweh assumes the ending of a lamed-he

                           verb, but these verbs in Moses' day ended in a "y" (cf. for bana the Ug. impf. ybny).  So the ending "eh" is a late

                           form. But in Hebrew in late times a "w" that began a word or syllable changed to "y" (as in the pe-waw verbs and the

                           verb haya itself).  So the "w" of Yahweh represents a pre-mosaic pronunciation but the final "eh" represents

                           probably a post-davidic form."                                                                                                                           

                           - 'Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament', entry 484 ('hawa'), Moody Bible Institute, page 210, 1980.
                             R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer. Jr., Bruce K. Waltke.

 


4.  Since God's name YHWH predates the current verb form and the use of vowel letters, then the final 'H' must be pronounced and the rules of guttural letters will apply.  As also stated earlier, a guttural letter prefers the short A-sound before them.  We see an example of this in the Messiah's name.  Between the second 'W' (U vowel) and the last letter which is the guttural 'ayin' (the ‘), there is a short A-sound vowel:  YaHuWSHuWa‘ (Yahushua‘).  The final 'H' which is also a guttural letter like the 'ayin' in Yahushua', and the 'chet' in ruach, should likewise have the short A-sound inserted before it.    
 
 
5.  Many people believe that God's name is a verb.  This must take into account that God's name begins with Yahu and also as we have just seen, we have to consider that the verbs must match within the name and also the form must be derived from the older verb form.  However, we must stress that God's name can be representative of the verb 'to be' and its meaning of existence, without actually being the verb/word itself.  The play of words in the meaning and sound of names occurs in the Bible.  God's name YHWH may itself be an example. 
 
"In view of these problems it may be best simply to say that YHWH does not come from the verb hawa (presumably hawaya in its early form) at all.  There are many places in the OT where it is now recognized that the parallel of a name and its meaning is not necessarily etymological.  For instance, 1 Samuel 1:20 probably does not mean that the name Samuel is derived from the verb shama' "to hear".  Genesis 11:9 does not mean that Babel comes from the verb balal "confusion" but only that the two words sound somewhat alike.  Likewise Jacob is said to mean both "heel" (Gen 25:26) and "supplanter" (Gen 27:36).  There are many otherexamples of this device which is to be taken as a paranomasia, a play on words, rather than as an etymology." - 'Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament', entry 484 ('hawa'), Moody Bible Institute, page 211, 1980.  R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer. Jr., Bruce K. Waltke.
 
 

It should be noted that we have already seen in the name of God's people, Yahudah (from yadah), and the name of His only-begotten son, the Messiah Yahusha' (from yasha') that God's name is combined with regular words to elevate its meaning.  Is it possible that something similar takes place in God's name YHWH with the verb 'to be'? 

 

Indeed, His name is not just added to a word, but instead, His name, eternality and existence as expressed in the verb "to be", are all tied together from eternity – in other words, eternity and existence together (as one who exists eternally, brings everything into existence and provides for His people whatever they need from Him), IS His name.  This is why we see His name clearly has the verb "to be" in it but yet there is so much more to it, and has been this way forever as His memorial name.  
 
The conclusion we reach is that God's name YHWH is pronounced YaHuWaH.  We must be reminded that without knowing the name of YHWH, we cannot know the name and meaning of His only-begotten son and Messiah.
 
YHWH --- YaHuWaH (Yahuwah or Yahuah which is pronounced the same)
 
YaHuWSha (Yahusha‘)

YaHuWSHuWa‘ (Yahushua‘)

YeShuWa‘ (Yeshua‘)
 

Again, if you do not agree or still feel uncomfortable (not completely sure) that Yahuwah is the way our Heavenly Father's name is to be pronounced, than you can use what you are convicted of (but you must use it), and you can still use YAH --- there is really no excuse not to at least use His short-form name YAH which cannot be mispronounced.  We say it all the time when we say 'halleluYah', but now we know the name of who it is we all should be praising. 

 

 

How important is it to know Our Heavenly Father’s name?  The Bible tells us:

 

Joel 2

32 It will happen that whoever will call on the name of YHWH shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, as YHWH has said, and among the remnant, those whom YHWH calls.   (WEB)

 

 

These two New Testament verses refer to Joel 2:32 above:

 

Acts 2

21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.'

 

Romans 10

13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."

 

The Bible says we must know Our Heavenly Father’s name!  The reference to “the LORD” is to YHWH, the Lord Jesus’ father.  And once we know Abba Father’s name, we will know the true name and meaning of Messiah’s name, as well.

We must be loving obedient children and uphold the 3rd Commandment.  We should also thank Him, honor Him, glorify Him, and love Him.  God made it possible we can use either form of His name.  So there is no excuse and no waiting!  We must use His name! 

 

For all the reasons given in this article, please go and hallow His name in your prayers to our Heavenly Father and hallow His name in every moment of your lives. Glorify His name YAH because He is good. Be patient and endure as loving children till that day His name will be written upon our heads. 

 

Everyone, praise YAH!  HalleluYah and Amen. 

 

 

 

Appendix of YAH occurrences

 

Listed below are the 50 occurrences of God’s name YAH.  When we read them in context, we can undeniably see that not only is it God’s name just like YHWH is, but it is treated as its equivalent. We will also see why ‘halleluYah’ is used universally and has never been lost (it is translated as ‘Praise Yah/the LORD’). We can indeed use the name of YAH and not worry that it might not be His name (it most definitely is), and we do not have to worry about mispronouncing it.

 

Do not fall into the trap of not using the name because it is “too holy or sacred”. In reality, when you do not use the name, you are MAKING His name not holy or sacred; you are being disobedient to God by breaking His 3rd Commandment and making the name worthless and vain. 

 

 

Here is the list of the 50 occurrences of Our Heavenly Father's name YAH; remember there really is no excuse to not to "at least" use the name YAH:

 

 

Exodus 15:

2   YaH is my strength and song. He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will praise him; my father's God,

    and I will exalt him.  

 

 

Exodus 17: 

14     YaHuWaH said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua:

        that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under the sky."

15      Moses built an altar, and called its name YaHuWaH our Banner.

16      He said, "YaH has sworn: 'YaHuWaH will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.'"

 

 

Psalm 68:

4     Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Extol him who rides on the clouds: to YaH, his name! Rejoice before him!

5     A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

 

18   You have ascended on high. You have led away captives. You have received gifts among men, yes,

     among the rebellious also, that YaH God might dwell there.

 

 

Psalm 77:

11      I will remember YaH's deeds; for I will remember your wonders of old.

12      I will also meditate on all your work, and consider your doings.

13      Your way, God, is in the sanctuary. What god is great like God?

14      You are the God who does wonders. You have made your strength known among the peoples.

 

 

Psalm 89:

5        The heavens will praise your wonders, YaHuWaH; your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

6        For who in the skies can be compared to YaHuWaH? Who among the sons of the heavenly beings is like YaHuWaH,

7        a very awesome God in the council of the holy ones, to be feared above all those who are around him?

8      YaHuWaH, God of Armies, who is a mighty one, like you?  YaH, your faithfulness is around you.
9      You rule the pride of the sea.  When its waves rise up, you calm them.

10      You have broken Rahab in pieces, like one of the slain. You have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.

11      The heavens are yours. The earth also is yours; the world and its fullness. You have founded them.

12      The north and the south, you have created them. Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your name.

13      You have a mighty arm. Your hand is strong, and your right hand is exalted.

14      Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Loving kindness and truth go before your face.

15      Blessed are the people who learn to acclaim you. They walk in the light of your presence, YaHuWaH.

 

 

Psalm 94:

1        YaHuWaH, you God to whom vengeance belongs, you God to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth.

2        Rise up, you judge of the earth. Pay back the proud what they deserve.

3        YaHuWaH, how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked triumph?

4        They pour out arrogant words. All the evildoers boast.

5        They break your people in pieces, YaHuWaH, and afflict your heritage.

6        They kill the widow and the alien, and murder the fatherless.

7      They say, "YaH will not see, neither will Jacob's God consider."

8        Consider, you senseless among the people; you fools, when will you be wise?

9        He who implanted the ear, won't he hear? He who formed the eye, won't he see?

10      He who disciplines the nations, won't he punish? He who teaches man knows.

11      YaHuWaH knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.

12      Blessed is the man whom you discipline, YaH, and teach out of your law;

13      that you may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked.

14      For YaHuWaH won't reject his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

15      For judgment will return to righteousness. All the upright in heart shall follow it.

16      Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will stand up for me against the evildoers?

17      Unless YaHuWaH had been my help, my soul would have soon lived in silence.

18      When I said, "My foot is slipping!" Your loving kindness, YaHuWaH, held me up.

19      In the multitude of my thoughts within me, your comforts delight my soul.

20      Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with you, which brings about mischief by statute?

21      They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

22      But YaHuWaH has been my high tower, my God, the rock of my refuge.

23      He has brought on them their own iniquity, and will cut them off in their own wickedness. YaHuWaH, our God, will cut them off.

 

 

Psalm 102:

16      For YaHuWaH has built up Zion. He has appeared in his glory.

17      He has responded to the prayer of the destitute, and has not despised their prayer.

18      This will be written for the generation to come. A people which will be created will praise YaH.

19      For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary. From heaven, YaHuWaH saw the earth;

20      to hear the groans of the prisoner; to free those who are condemned to death;

21      that men may declare the name of YaHuWaH in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

22      when the peoples are gathered together, the kingdoms, to serve YaHuWaH.

 

 

Psalm 104:

33      I will sing to YaHuWaH as long as I live. I will sing praise to my God while I have any being.

34      Let your meditation be sweet to him. I will rejoice in YaHuWaH.

34    Let sinners be consumed out of the earth.  Let the wicked be no more.  Bless YaHuWaH, my soul.  Praise YaH!

 

 

Psalm 105:

44      He gave them the lands of the nations. They took the labor of the peoples in possession,

45      that they might keep his statutes, and observe his laws. Praise YaH!

 

 

Psalm 106:

1      Praise YaH, give thanks to YaHuWaH, For good, for to the age, is His kindness.  

 

48     Blessed be YaHuWaH, the God of Israel, from everlasting even to everlasting!

       Let all the people say, "Amen." Praise YaH!    

 

 

Psalm 111:

1   Praise YaH! I will give thanks to YaHuWaH with my whole heart, in the council of the upright, and in the congregation.

 

 

Psalm 112:

1     Praise YaH! Blessed is the man who fears YaHuWaH, who delights greatly in his commandments.

 

 

Psalm 113:

1        Praise YaH! Praise, you servants of YaHuWaH, praise the name of YaHuWaH.

2        Blessed be the name of YaHuWaH, from this time forth and forevermore.

3        From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, YaHuWaH's name is to be praised.

4        YaHuWaH is high above all nations, his glory above the heavens.

5        Who is like YaHuWaH, our God, who has his seat on high,

6        Who stoops down to see in heaven and in the earth?

7        He raises up the poor out of the dust. Lifts up the needy from the ash heap;

8        that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

9        He settles the barren woman in her home, as a joyful mother of children. Praise YaH!

 

 

Psalm 115:

17      The dead don't praise YaH, neither any who go down into silence;

18      But we will bless YaH, from this time forth and forevermore. Praise YaH!

 

 

Psalm 116:

18      I will pay my vows to YaHuWaH, yes, in the presence of all his people,

19      in the courts of YaHuWaH's house, in the midst of you, Jerusalem. Praise YaH!

 

 

Psalms 117:

1        Praise YaHuWaH, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!

2        For his loving kindness is great toward us. YaHuWaH's faithfulness endures forever. Praise YaH!

 

 

Psalm 118:

1        Give thanks to YaHuWaH, for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever.

2        Let Israel now say that his loving kindness endures forever.

3        Let the house of Aaron now say that his loving kindness endures forever.

4        Now let those who fear YaHuWaH say that his loving kindness endures forever.

5        Out of my distress, I called on YaH. YaH answered me with freedom.

6        YaHuWaH is on my side. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

7        YaHuWaH is on my side among those who help me. Therefore I will look in triumph at those who hate me.

8        It is better to take refuge in YaHuWaH, than to put confidence in man.

9        It is better to take refuge in YaHuWaH, than to put confidence in princes.

10      All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of YaHuWaH, I cut them off.

11      They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me. In the name of YaHuWaH I indeed cut them off.

12      They surrounded me like bees. They are quenched like the burning thorns. In the name of YaHuWaH I cut them off.

13      You pushed me back hard, to make me fall, but YaHuWaH helped me.

14      YaH is my strength and song. He has become my salvation.

15      The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous. "The right hand of YaHuWaH does valiantly.

16      The right hand of YaHuWaH is exalted! The right hand of YaHuWaH does valiantly!"

17      I will not die, but live, and declare YaH's works.

18      YaH has punished me severely, but he has not given me over to death.

19      Open to me the gates of righteousness. I will enter into them. I will give thanks to YaH.

20      This is the gate of YaHuWaH; the righteous will enter into it.

21      I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me, and have become my salvation.

22      The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.

23      This is YaHuWaH's doing. It is marvelous in our eyes.

24      This is the day that YaHuWaH has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!

25      Save us now, we beg you, YaHuWaH! YaHuWaH, we beg you, send prosperity now.

26      Blessed is he who comes in the name of YaHuWaH! We have blessed you out of the house of YaHuWaH.

27      YaHuWaH is God, and he has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.

28      You are my God, and I will give thanks to you. You are my God, I will exalt you.

29      Oh give thanks to YaHuWaH, for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever.

 

 

Psalm 122:

1        I was glad when they said to me, "Let's go to YaHuWaH's house!"

2        Our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem;

3        Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together;

4        where the tribes go up, even YaH's tribes, according to an ordinance for Israel, to give thanks to the name of YaHuWaH.

 

 

Psalm 130:

1        Out of the depths I have cried to you, YaHuWaH.

2        Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my petitions.

3        If you, YaH, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

4        But there is forgiveness with you, therefore you are feared.

5        I wait for YaHuWaH. My soul waits. I hope in his word.

 

 

Psalm 135:

1        Praise YaH! Praise the name of YaHuWaH! Praise him, you servants of YaHuWaH,

2        you who stand in the house of YaHuWaH, in the courts of our God's house.

3        Praise YaH, for YaHuWaH is good. Sing praises to his name, for that is pleasant.

4        For YaH has chosen Jacob for himself; Israel for his own possession.

5        For I know that YaHuWaH is great, that our Lord is above all gods.

6        Whatever YaHuWaH pleased, that he has done, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps;

7        who causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth; who makes lightnings with the rain;

        who brings forth the wind out of his treasuries;

8        Who struck the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and animal;

9        Who sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, Egypt, on Pharaoh, and on all his servants;

10      who struck many nations, and killed mighty kings,

11      Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan,

12      and gave their land for a heritage, a heritage to Israel, his people.

13      Your name, YaHuWaH, endures forever; your renown, YaHuWaH, throughout all generations.

14      For YaHuWaH will judge his people, and have compassion on his servants.

15      The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

16      They have mouths, but they can't speak. They have eyes, but they can't see.

17      They have ears, but they can't hear; neither is there any breath in their mouths.

18      Those who make them will be like them; yes, everyone who trusts in them.

19      House of Israel, praise YaHuWaH! House of Aaron, praise YaHuWaH!

20      House of Levi, praise YaHuWaH! You who fear YaHuWaH, praise YaHuWaH!

21      Blessed be YaHuWaH from Zion, Who dwells at Jerusalem. Praise YaH!

 

 

Psalm 146:

1        Praise YaH! Praise YaHuWaH, my soul.

2        While I live, I will praise YaHuWaH. I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist.

3        Don't put your trust in princes, each a son of man in whom there is no help.

4        His spirit departs, and he returns to the earth. In that very day, his thoughts perish.

5        Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in YaHuWaH, his God:

6        who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever;

7        who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. YaHuWaH frees the prisoners.

8        YaHuWaH opens the eyes of the blind. YaHuWaH raises up those who are bowed down. YaHuWaH loves the righteous.

9        YaHuWaH preserves the foreigners. He upholds the fatherless and widow, but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

10      YaHuWaH will reign forever; your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise YaH!

 

 

Psalm 147:

1        Praise YaH, for it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and fitting to praise him.

2        YaHuWaH builds up Jerusalem. He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.

3        He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.

4        He counts the number of the stars. He calls them all by their names.

5        Great is our Lord, and mighty in power. His understanding is infinite.

6        YaHuWaH upholds the humble. He brings the wicked down to the ground.

7        Sing to YaHuWaH with thanksgiving. Sing praises on the harp to our God,

8        who covers the sky with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass grow on the mountains.

9        He provides food for the livestock, and for the young ravens when they call.

10      He doesn't delight in the strength of the horse. He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.

11      YaHuWaH takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his loving kindness.

12      Praise YaHuWaH, Jerusalem! Praise your God, Zion!

13      For he has strengthened the bars of your gates. He has blessed your children within you.

14      He makes peace in your borders. He fills you with the finest of the wheat.

15      He sends out his commandment to the earth. His word runs very swiftly.

16      He gives snow like wool, and scatters frost like ashes.

17      He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can stand before his cold?

18      He sends out his word, and melts them. He causes his wind to blow, and the waters flow.

19      He shows his word to Jacob; his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.

20      He has not done this for just any nation. They don't know his ordinances. Praise YaH!

 

 

Psalm 148:

1        Praise YaH! Praise YaHuWaH from the heavens! Praise him in the heights!

2        Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all his army!

3        Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you shining stars!

4        Praise him, you heavens of heavens, You waters that are above the heavens.

5        Let them praise the name of YaHuWaH, For he commanded, and they were created.

6        He has also established them forever and ever. He has made a decree which will not pass away.

7        Praise YaHuWaH from the earth, you great sea creatures, and all depths!

8        Lightning and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling his word;

9        mountains and all hills; fruit trees and all cedars;

10      wild animals and all livestock; small creatures and flying birds;

11      kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth;

12      both young men and maidens; old men and children:

13      let them praise the name of YaHuWaH, for his name alone is exalted. His glory is above the earth and the heavens.

14      He has lifted up the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near to him.

        Praise YaH!

 

 

Psalm 149:

1        Praise YaH! Sing to YaHuWaH a new song, His praise in an assembly of saints.

2        Israel doth rejoice in his Maker, Sons of Zion do joy in their king.

3        They praise His name in a dance, With timbrel and harp sing praise to Him.

4        For YaHuWaH is pleased with His people, He beautifieth the humble with salvation.

5        Exult do saints in honour, They sing aloud on their beds.

6        The exaltation of God is in their throat, And a two-edged sword in their hand.

7        To do vengeance among nations, Punishments among the peoples.

8        To bind their kings with chains, And their honoured ones with fetters of iron,

9        To do among them the judgment written, An honour it is for all his saints. Praise YaH!  

 

 

Psalms 150:

1        Praise YaH! Praise God in his sanctuary! Praise him in his heavens for his acts of power!

2        Praise him for his mighty acts! Praise him according to his excellent greatness!

3        Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet! Praise him with harp and lyre!

4        Praise him with tambourine and dancing! Praise him with stringed instruments and flute!

5        Praise him with loud cymbals! Praise him with resounding cymbals!

6        Let everything that has breath praise YaH! Praise YaH!

 

 

Song of Solomon 8:

6        Set me as a seal on thy heart, as a seal on thine arm, For strong as death is love, Sharp as Sheol is jealousy,

        Its burnings are burnings of fire, a flame of YaH! 

 

 

Isaiah 12:

2        Behold, God is my salvation. I will trust, and will not be afraid; for YaH, YaHuWaH,

        is my strength and song; and he has become my salvation."

 

 

Isaiah 26:

4        Trust in YaHuWaH forever; for in YaH, YaHuWaH, is an everlasting Rock.

 

 

Isaiah 38:

1        In those days was Hezekiah sick and near death. Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, came to him,

        and said to him, "Thus says YaHuWaH, 'Set your house in order, for you will die, and not live.'"

2        Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to YaHuWaH,

3        and said, "Remember now, YaHuWaH, I beg you, how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart,

       and have done that which is good in your sight." Hezekiah wept bitterly.

4        Then the word of YaHuWaH came to Isaiah, saying,

5        "Go, and tell Hezekiah, 'Thus says YaHuWaH, the God of David your father, "I have heard your prayer.

        I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.

6        I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city.

7        This shall be the sign to you from YaHuWaH, that YaHuWaH will do this thing that he has spoken.

8        Behold, I will cause the shadow on the sundial, which has gone down on the sundial of Ahaz with the sun,

        to return backward ten steps. So the sun returned ten steps on the sundial on which it had gone down."'"

9        The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and had recovered of his sickness.

10      I said, "In the middle of my life I go into the gates of Sheol. I am deprived of the residue of my years."

11      I said, "I won't see YaH, YaH in the land of the living. I will see man no more with the inhabitants of the world.

12      My dwelling is removed, and is carried away from me like a shepherd's tent. I have rolled up, like a weaver, my life.

        He will cut me off from the loom. From day even to night you will make an end of me.

13      I waited patiently until morning. He breaks all my bones like a lion. From day even to night you will make an end of me.

14      I chattered like a swallow or a crane. I moaned like a dove. My eyes weaken looking upward. Lord, I am oppressed.

        Be my security."

15      What will I say? He has both spoken to me, and himself has done it.

        I will walk carefully all my years because of the anguish of my soul.

16      Lord, men live by these things; and my spirit finds life in all of them: you restore me, and cause me to live.

17      Behold, for peace I had great anguish, but you have in love for my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption;

        for you have cast all my sins behind your back.

18      For Sheol can't praise you. Death can't celebrate you. Those who go down into the pit can't hope for your truth.

19      The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day. The father shall make known your truth to the children.

20      YaHuWaH will save me.

       Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of YaHuWaH.

 

 

 

Glory be to YAH!

 

 

 

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