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JEHOVAH NISSI : Old Testament Names of God

Peace & Blessings Beloved,

TGBTG for allowing us to see another day. I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.

Today we are going to take a deep dive into our sixth Old Testament name of God, JEHOVAH NISSI, as found in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.

יְהֹוָה נִסִּי

(yeh-ho-vaw' nis-see') The Lord My Banner, The Lord My Miracle

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Nissi occurs only once in Exodus 17:15

Transliteration: yᵊhōvâ nissî

Pronunciation: yeh-ho-vaw' nis-see'

Root Word (Etymology): From יְהֹוָה (H3068) and נֵס (H5251) with the prononimal suffix

Variant spellings: Jehovah Nisi; Jehovahnissi

TWOT Reference: None

Strong's Reference: H3071

Jehovah Nissi in the Septuagint: kurios kataphugê mou - the Lord is my refuge

Part of Speech: proper locative noun

KJV Translation Count — Total: 1x

The KJV translates Strong's H3071 in the following manner: Jehovahnissi (1x).

Strong’s Definitions (Strong’s Definitions Legend) יְהֹוָה נִסִּי Yᵉhôvâh niççîy, yeh-ho-vaw' nis-see'; from H3068 and H5251 with the prononimal suffix; Jehovah (is) my banner; Jehovah-Nissi, a symbolical name of an altar in the Desert:—Jehovah-nissi.

1. a. standard, as rallying-point, נִסִּי י׳ Exodus 17:15 (E), י׳ my standard (name of altar)

Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as The Existing One or Lord. The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning to be or to exist. It also suggests to become or specifically to become known - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Nes (nês), from which Nissi derived, means banner in Hebrew. In Exodus 17:15, Moses, recognizing that the Lord was Israel's banner under which they defeated the Amalekites, builds an altar named Jehovah-Nissi (the Lord our Banner). Nes is sometimes translated as a pole with an insignia attached. In battle opposing nations would fly their own flag on a pole at each of their respective front lines. This was to give their soldiers a feeling of hope and a focal point. This is what God is to us: a banner of encouragement to give us hope and a focal point.

The background of the name Jehovah-Nissi involves the Israelites’ wandering in the desert after leaving their bondage in Egypt. Along the way, they were attacked by the Amalekites, a powerful and warlike group of nomads. As the battle commenced, Moses stood on the top of a hill where he could see the armies below him. He held in his hand the rod of God—the same rod with which he had struck a rock to bring forth water for the people in the desert (Exodus 17:5–6).

May we establish, nurture, and grow a sincere love for the word of God, and study it lovingly & faithfully.

I pray you receive this with the love intended, and apply it to wisdom.

Love you much.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Blessed!

-Humble Servant

P.S- If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, I implore you to take the time to do so right now. Use John 3:16 & Romans 10:9-10 as a foundation for making your confession of faith. And use Ephesians 2:1-10 to provide proper context for your salvation.

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