In the first two parts of this series, my emphasis was on Exodus 3 and 6. I wanted you to know the importance of God’s name, Yahweh. I wanted you to understand that we and all generations are to know His name. In this article, I want to show you more on His name, but also, I will end by showing how our Enemy does not want us to know His name. I am going to show you some places where it refers to the name of Yahweh. I could use almost any book in the Hebrew Scriptures,1 but I will stick mostly to one book, so you do not have to jump all over the place in the Bible. Yahweh is used over 6,000 times in the Hebrew Scriptures, yet is rarely translated anything other than LORD or LORD. Here are two Bibles which are the exceptions to that; The Jerusalem Bible and New Jerusalem Bible,2 and both use God’s name Yahweh. Yahweh is used in every book in the Hebrew Scriptures, except Song of Solomon. It is interesting that not one of the words which is translated, “Lord,” are used anywhere in Song of Solomon. So, we must see why most do not want to translate the Hebrew the way it reads. They translate it LORD, or LORD, when it is Yahweh in the Hebrew text.
I want to take a few minutes here and discuss three words; lord [sometimes Lord with a capital, “L,” Lord, and LORD [sometimes shown as LORD]. Each is pronounced Lord, yet each has a different meaning. Let us look at each meaning.
First let us look at the Hebrew word, “אָדוֹן,” which is translated in many versions as, Lord or lord, but also as master, or sir. It is transliterated into English as, “adown,” or, “adoni,” with “adoni,” as the preferred way to spell it. Adoni is pronounced, “adon nee,” because the final, “i,” is pronounced like a long, “e.” It is ONLY used of a man, never of God. See this verse.
Genesis 32:4 (NIV)3
He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my master Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now.
The word, “master” above is translated, “lord” in the RSV, KJV, ASV, DBY, DRA, and many other versions. It is translated, “master,” in the NIV, NIB, and the NLT. The point is, that it is never capitalized, unless it is the first word in a verse. It never refers to God, but only to men. Let us look at the same verse in the RSV where, “lord,” is used. This will help you understand why, or how the translators do what they do.
Genesis 32:4 (RSV)
instructing them, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, ‘I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now;
Second, we look at the Hebrew word, “אֲדֹנָי,” which is transliterated into the English as “Adonay,” or “Adonai [depending on who translates it],” and is pronounced, “Adon eye,” because the, “ay,” or, “ai,” sounds like, “eye.” We believe Adonai is the most used, and proper spelling. It is used as a title, and never as a proper noun name. Adonai is always used referring to God, never anyone else, and is always shown as, “Lord.” Adonai is always referring to the Supreme God [there are other gods in the Bible]. Look at this verse below, which is obviously about God. God is, “The One,” in the first half of the verse, and He is, “the Lord,” in the second half of the verse below.
Psalm 2:4 (NIV)
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord [Adonay] scoffs at them.
Before we handle the third word for, “LORD,” please look at this verse below.
Isaiah 6:3 (NIV)
And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the [the article, “the,” is not in any Hebrew text] LORD [Yahweh] Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
With this verse saying, “Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh Almighty…” and He is the Creator and Supreme God, and so I feel it is no stretch to say His name is Holy, like He is [it states His name is holy in Psalm 105:3, coming up]! That word, “LORD,” which the translators use, is a trouble maker. People, please understand that we need to know the name of God, and it is Yahweh. Most Bible publishers are secular businesses and care less about the Truth because money is what they are after, not the Truth. At one time, many of the Bible publishing companies were started here in Michigan by Christians, but today, they are mostly owned and operated by non-Christian people. I have had people trying to publish a Christian book, but companies wanted to change the content to something easier for all main stream Christians to swallow. Much of the doctrine in main stream Christianity has been altered by our Enemy. The Adversary does not want us believing the Truth because the Truth will hurt him and will set us free. The publishers want you to do books they can sell, not books with the Truth. Look at these next two verses. The first is in a prayer by Jesus to God.
John 17:17 (NIV)
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
He said to God, “Your Word is Truth.” What a statement! But look at this next verse.
John 8:32 (NIV)
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
So, put together, God’s Word is Truth and it will set you free! This is something the Wicked One does not want. If we are free, it messes up his plans. The Truth here in this article is that God’s name is Yahweh.
Historically, after the time of Ezra and Nehemiah the Jews thought they would honor God, and this is how they did it. They altered the text of the Hebrew Scriptures by regarding the name of God as a “Tetragrammaton [literally, “four letters,” because it is composed of four letters and transliterated to English from Hebrew as, “YHWH”].” The Jews considered the name so sacred that it was not allowed to be spoken out loud. With His name appearing so many times throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, this became very inconvenient. So, to get around this, the Jews took the letters of the sacred name, “YHWH,” and gave it vowels from a related word, which was less sacred. The word they chose was a word which means “God” but was the Hebrew word transliterated into English, “Adonai,” which means “Lord” as a title, not as a proper noun name. They would read this word combining “YHWH” with the vowels of “Adonai” and in this way they did not “blaspheme” God by saying His real name aloud. What? Yes! Here is why.
Exodus 20:7 (NIV)
“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
Just like this verse, which uses “LORD” and not His real name, then you cannot misuse His name, or as some versions read, “takes His name in vain.” This is a way of twisting the Truth, and God does not want us twisting His Word, or any words. Nowhere in the Bible does God ask us to do this. He would never require us to alter His Word to keep us from breaking it. The Jews and all the translators [just about all] since then, have done this. To guarantee no one would misuse His name, they just removed it, refused to speak it, changed it, and so the Bible was altered. Then no one could mess up. God would not ask us to go to such an extreme, or he would not have put His name Yahweh in His Bible over 6,000 times. Jesus gave this to John to write.
Revelation 22:18 and 19 (RSV)
18 I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
That was speaking in the book of Revelation, but the principle still stands. There is also the example of the woman and the serpent in the Garden. They added a word, deleted a word, and in the end, had no “Word” left (Gen. 3:1–5)! There are other examples also! Point is, we are not to “add to” or “delete from” the Books in the Bible. What I am doing is getting us back to the original God breathed Word.
The translators, since the English Bible started to be translated in the 1500’s, rendered “YHWH” [Yahweh] as Jehovah, Adonai, LORD, Lord. The King James Version uses both LORD and Jehovah. Many versions used Jehovah in the 19th century and early 20th. They were never consistent with using LORD until the latter 20th century, until now. But in the text, as Hebrew should be translated today, should read, “Yahweh!”
So, let us walk through the Bible, and see a few places where the name of Yahweh comes up. Check these verses in Psalms.
Psalm 7:17 (NIV)
I will give thanks to the LORD [Yahweh] because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD [Yahweh] Most High.
Nowhere that I can find is the article “the” before Yahweh in the Hebrew text, and this is true throughout the entire Hebrew Scriptures. If all that we have covered in this series means anything to you, then even we Christians should be singing praises to Yahweh our God. Let us keep reading.
Psalm 8:1 (NIV)
For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David. O LORD [Yahweh], our Lord [Adonai], how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
I am not going to take the time to discuss every usage of “Lord” in these verses but will do some. I want you to see the importance of His name. I will bold what you need to think on in each verse, as you just read through many without my commentary. I will say this, that this next verse shows His name is “majestic.”
Psalm 8:9 (NIV)
O LORD [Yahweh], our Lord [Adonai], how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Psalm 9:10 (NIV)
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD [Yahweh], have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 18:49 (NIV)
Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD [Yahweh]; I will sing praises to your name.
Psalm 20:1 (NIV)
For the director of music. A psalm of David. May the LORD [Yahweh] answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
By saying “Jacob,” that is interchangeable with “Israel,” but even with that, for us there is power in the name of God [Yahweh], and if it was to protect Israel, I am SURE, since God never changes, it will protect us too! Continue reading.
Psalm 20:5 (NIV)
We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God [and what is that name? Yahweh!]. May the LORD [Yahweh] grant all your requests.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD [Yahweh] our God.
When translated correctly, it would read, “…we trust in the name of Yahweh our God.” Guess we had best start “trusting” and using His name YAHWEH! This following verse is awesome! It states that there is glory due His name.
Psalm 29:2 (NIV)
Ascribe [give] to the LORD [Yahweh] the glory due his name; worship the LORD [Yahweh] in the splendor of his holiness.
I really love this next verse, and ask you this, “What is His name?”
Psalm 34:3 (NIV)
Glorify the LORD [Yahweh] with me; let us exalt his name together.
Within this next verse it should read, “His name is Yahweh.”
Psalm 68:4 (NIV)
Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds—his name is the LORD [Yahweh]—and rejoice before him.
Psalm 83:16 (NIV)
Cover their faces with shame so that men will seek your name, O LORD [Yahweh].
This next verse says to, “make music to your name.”
Psalm 92:1 (NIV)
A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day. It is good to praise the LORD [Yahweh] and make music to your name, O Most High,
These next two verses tell us to praise the name. In the first one it is, “praise his name;” and the second one is, “praise his holy name.”
Psalm 96:2 (NIV)
Sing to the LORD [Yahweh], praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Psalm 103:1 (NIV)
Of David. Praise the LORD [Yahweh], O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
These next two verses are two of my favorite verses about Yahweh. They state, “call on his name;” and “Glory in his holy name!”
Psalm 105:1 and 3 NIV)
1 Give thanks to the LORD [Yahweh], call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD [Yahweh] rejoice.
This verse, near the beginning, when translated correctly, would read, “Yahweh our God.” It should be easy to see this by now, in reading this series. It states to, “…give thanks to your holy name….”
Psalm 106:47 (NIV)
Save us, O LORD [Yahweh] our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.
Next it states, “…praise the name of Yahweh,” when translated correctly.
Psalm 113:1 (NIV)
Praise the LORD [Yahweh]. Praise, O servants of the LORD [Yahweh], praise the name of the LORD [Yahweh].
This next verse says to praise His name forevermore, and that would include today! “Forevermore,” even goes past where we are right now! Way into the future! After all, it is God’s Word, not mine! We are not to just praise Yahweh, but His name as well!
Psalm 113:2 (NIV)
Let the name of the LORD [Yahweh] be praised, both now and forevermore.
Next it states, to His name be the glory!
Psalm 115:1 (NIV)
Not to us, O LORD [Yahweh], not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
These next two verses state these things, “I called on the name of Yahweh” and to “call on the name of Yahweh!”
Psalm 116:4 (NIV)
Then I called on the name of the LORD [Yahweh]: “O LORD [Yahweh], save me!”
Psalm 116:13 (NIV)
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD [Yahweh].
Just read these next few verses!
Psalm 124:8 (NIV)
Our help is in the name of the LORD [Yahweh], the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 129:8 (NIV)
May those who pass by not say, “The blessing of the LORD [Yahweh] be upon you; we bless you in the name of the LORD [Yahweh].”
Psalm 135:3 (NIV)
Praise the LORD [Yahweh], for the LORD [Yahweh] is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
This next verse goes with so many others, but fits with, “Part One,” in that it covers all generations, not just Israel.
Psalm 135:13 (NIV)
Your name, O LORD [Yahweh], endures forever [How long?], your renown, O LORD [Yahweh], through all generations [Through how many generations? Not, “some,” but, “all”].
I switched to the King James Version for this next verse. As great as His name is, He still magnified His Word above all His name! Yet so few know His Word, or His name! Sad!
Psalm 138:2 (KJV)
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
How long is every creature supposed to praise His Holy name [See, I told you earlier His name was Holy!]?
Psalm 145:21 (NIV)
My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD [Yahweh]. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
Here is one last Psalm on praising His name.
Psalm 148:13 (NIV)
Let them praise the name of the LORD [Yahweh], for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
That verse says, “for his name alone is exalted.” That was before the coming of our Lord Jesus. Today, his name is very important, but that is for another article. I had this next verse in my mind, and wanted to share it, even though it is in Proverbs. See what it says about the name.
Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)
The name of the LORD [Yahweh] is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
WOW! What a name He has, and yet so few people know His name today. Okay now, let us close with another reason why we feel His name, “Yahweh,” is so important! I want you to understand that God’s people, of the Hebrew Scriptures, which was Israel, formed into a nation in Exodus. They were one nation throughout the rest of the life of Moses, through the life of Joshua, for the 450 years of the Judges, then under the following three Kings, which were Saul, David, and the last one, while still one nation, was Solomon. This was way over 600 years that they were one nation, but this ended under Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. He split the nation into two nations. It would take much time to explain all the reasons, but it was not God’s idea, or plan. The short story is, God only wanted one nation, Israel. Please be patient as this information is important in the overall understanding of this topic.
Actually, in 2 Chronicles 10, Israel rebelled against Rehoboam. We know that Israel separated from Rehoboam, and became a nation with Jeroboam as king, with most of the nation following him. Rehoboam had all of the tribe of Judah, the Levites, and a hundred and eighty thousand of the tribe of Benjamin. Everyone else followed Jeroboam, which is the majority of Israel. At the time of the separation, neither nation was right with Yahweh. After this, Scripture goes back and forth between what was happening with the king of Israel and the king of Judah. Sometimes the king of Israel was walking on the Word of God, sometimes the king of Judah would be walking on the Word of God, and many times both were not walking with God but were serving other gods, like Baal. They were never biblically reunited as one nation. Later, Israel was carried off, never to return, but Judah continued until they were carried off by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon for seventy years. Judah comes back to reform the nation in Ezra and Nehemiah, which is all we need to mention for this article.
We are now going to be looking at the prophet Jeremiah. He was living in Judah, after the split from Israel. He was from the tribe of Benjamin and served Yahweh from the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah king of Judah until the fifth month of the eleventh year of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile [Jer. 1:1–3]. When we look at 2 Chronicles 34 to the end of that book, we see the exploits of the kings of Judah. Yes, for those of you who know your Bible, it is covered in 2 Kings and other places too. So that you can understand some of what life was like, we will look at these kings, in 2 Chronicles, and a little in 2 Kings. King Josiah did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh [2 Chron. 34:2], and then he did this.
2 Chronicles 34:3–5 (NIV)
3 In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, carved idols and cast images. 4 Under his direction the altars of the Baals were torn down; he cut to pieces the incense altars that were above them, and smashed the Asherah poles, the idols and the images. These he broke to pieces and scattered over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. 5 He burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and so he purged Judah and Jerusalem.
He did much more than space allows me to cover here, but he was a godly king. After he died Jehoahaz became king of Judah. He was dethroned by the king of Egypt, and things go bad for Judah [he had done evil in the eyes of Yahweh, according to 2 Kings 23:32]. I could show more but that pretty much says what we need to know. I am leaving much out on these evil kings who we could talk about, but you can open your Bibles and read about them if you want. It is not said they did evil in the eyes of God but of Yahweh. After him, Jehoiakim became king of Judah. He did evil in the eyes of Yahweh [2 Chron. 36:5]. After him, came Jehoiachin king of Judah, and he too did evil in the eyes of Yahweh [2 Chron. 36:9]. The last king of Judah before the captivity, was Zedekiah, and you may not believe it, but he too did evil in the eyes of Yahweh [2 Chron. 36:12]. By reading 2 Chronicles 36, you can see the last four kings of Judah before Babylon came and carried them away. All did evil in the eyes of Yahweh.
Both Isaiah and Jeremiah were prophets of Yahweh in Judah after the split of the two nations. Isaiah was a few years prior to Jeremiah. Both had to contend with false prophets throughout their lives, but each called them false prophets at one point in their walk with Yahweh [Isaiah in Isaiah 44:25 and Jeremiah in Jeremiah 50:36.]. One last thing, which is pertinent to this topic is the Baals, or Baal. The name comes up 135 times in the Bible; 134 in the Hebrew Scriptures, and one time in the Christian Scriptures, which is referring to the Hebrew Scriptures.
Let us look at these Scriptures. Yahweh is really angry with these false priests and false prophets. Remember the article “the” before Yahweh is not in the Hebrew text. In Jeremiah’s life, this is when Jehoiachin king of Judah ruled. So, you know what I have already written earlier that he had done evil in the eyes of Yahweh. This is the fourth king Jeremiah lived under and the third evil king. Read these words of Yahweh.
Jeremiah 23:28–40 (NIV)
28 Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the LORD [Yahweh]. 29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD [Yahweh], “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? 30 “Therefore,” declares the LORD [Yahweh], “I am against the [false] prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me. 31 Yes,” declares the LORD [Yahweh], “I am against the [false] prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The LORD [Yahweh] declares.’ 32 Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams [this will come up later],” declares the LORD [Yahweh]. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the LORD [Yahweh]. 33 “When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, ‘What is the oracle of the LORD [Yahweh]?’ say to them, ‘What oracle? I will forsake you, declares the LORD [Yahweh].’ 34 If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, ‘This is the oracle of the LORD [Yahweh],’ I will punish that man and his household. 35 This is what each of you keeps on saying to his friend or relative: ‘What is the LORD’s [Yahweh’s] answer?’ or ‘What has the LORD [Yahweh] spoken?’ 36 But you must not mention ‘the oracle of the LORD [Yahweh]’ again, because every man’s own word becomes his oracle and so you distort the words of the living God, the LORD [Yahweh] Almighty, our God. 37 This is what you keep saying to a prophet: ‘What is the LORD’s [Yahweh’s] answer to you?’ or ‘What has the LORD [Yahweh] spoken?’ 38 Although you claim, ‘This is the oracle of the LORD [Yahweh],’ this is what the LORD [Yahweh] says: You used the words, ‘This is the oracle of the LORD [Yahweh],’ even though I told you that you must not claim, ‘This is the oracle of the LORD [Yahweh].’ 39 Therefore, I will surely forget you and cast you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your fathers. 40 I will bring upon you everlasting disgrace—everlasting shame that will not be forgotten.”
I wanted you to see Yahweh’s heart before we get into what He said immediately before these verses. This will show you why what we covered earlier about what the Jews did by changing Yahweh’s name was not honoring Him. The practice today of using LORD, LORD, Jehovah, or Adonai, as many translations do, is wrong. Look at these verses.
Jeremiah 23:25 and 26 (NIV)
25 “I have heard what the [false] prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ 26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds?
I said the false dream stuff would come up. Yahweh is a very upset with these false lying prophets. If you are not familiar with this record, Jeremiah is a real prophet of our God Yahweh! Many times in Scripture Yahweh uses, “prophesy,” and, “dream,” interchangeably, but these men are lying prophets, and are not of God in ANY way. Now, look at this last verse.
Jeremiah 23:27 (NIV)
They [the lying prophets] think the dreams they [the lying prophets] tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their fathers forgot my name through Baal worship.
What a verse! Who is Yahweh’s Enemy? The Adversary! It is the Wicked One, and his minions who are behind all the Baal worship throughout the Bible. This Baal worship [according to Yahweh here] is what made Yahweh’s people forget His name. What are these lying prophets under the control of the Evil One trying to do? Make His people forget that His name is Yahweh. What were the Jews doing and still doing today? They are getting people to forget Yahweh’s name, or rather, not learn it at all [as many people think He has no name, or that His name IS God.], or get called another name entirely [like Jehovah]! What about every translation that uses LORD, LORD, Jehovah, or Adonai today? What are they doing and what have they accomplished? They have made us not know Yahweh’s name! The Tempter has accomplished doing what Yahweh does not want. My brothers and sisters, we are to know His name from generation to generation, yet no one does. We must change this because the Creator of the heavens and the earth, our heavenly Father, our Daddy, needs to be known by His name—YAHWEH!