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JEHOVAH TSIDKENU: Old Testament Names of God

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

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 tenth Old Testament name of God, JEHOVAH TSIDKENU, as found in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.

יְהֹוָה צִדְקֵנוּ

(yeh-ho-vaw' tsid-kay'-noo)

The Lord Our Righteousness

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Tsidkenu occurs 2 times. Jehovah Tsidkenu is first used in Jeremiah 23:6.

Variant spellings: Jehovah Tzidkaynu; Jehovah Tsidqenuw

Transliteration: yᵊhōvâ ṣiḏqēnû

Pronunciation: ye-ho-vaw' tsid-kay'-noo

Part of Speech: proper masculine noun

Root Word (Etymology): From יְהֹוָה (H3068) and צֶדֶק (H6664) with pronominal suffix

KJV Translation Count — Total: 2x

The KJV translates Strong's H3072 in the following manner: LORD our Righteousness (2x)

Strong’s Definitions: יְהֹוָה צִדְקֵנוּ Yᵉhôvâh tsidqênûw, ye-ho-vaw' tsid-kay'-noo; from H3068 and H6664 with pronominal suffix; Jehovah (is) our right; Jehovah-Tsidkenu, a symbolical epithet of the Messiah and of Jerusalem:—the Lord our righteousness.

Outline of Biblical Usage:

  1. Jehovah is our righteousness

    1. a sacred name symbolically applied to Jerusalem and the Messiah

TWOT Reference: None

Strong's Reference: H3072

Jehovah Tsidkenu in the Septuagint: kuriou tou theou hêmôn elalêsen pros hêmas - the Lord our God spoke to us

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. Tsedek (tseh'-dek), from which Tsidkenu derived, means to be stiff, to be straight, or righteous in Hebrew. When the two words are combined - Jehovah Tsidkenu - it can be translated as The Lord Who is our Righteousness.

Jesus is Jehovah Tsidkenu—The Lord Our Righteousness

The prophet Micah wrote that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem of the tribe of Judah (Micah 5:3; Matthew 2:4-6). The human genealogies of Jesus, recorded in Matthew 2:1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38, make a point of the fact that He was a descendant of both Judah and King David.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the city of David (Luke 2:4). When Jesus came to our world as a human being, He came as the fulfillment of Jeremiah 23:5, 6; 33:15, 16. He is the promised Branch of righteousness, growing out of the Davidic line of Jewish kings. Jesus is the Lord Our Righteousness—Jehovah Tsidkenu.

  1. The Bible is clear that we have no righteousness of our own. “There is none righteous, no, not one . . . . All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10, 23). Even those things we think are righteous about ourselves are like soiled rags (Isaiah 64:6).

  2. Not only do we have no righteousness of our own, it is impossible for us to achieve righteousness by our own efforts. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil” (Jeremiah 13:23).

  3. This means that Jesus Christ is our only source of righteousness. “He [God] made Him who knew no sin [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

  4. Jesus (Jehovah Tsidkenu)—the Lord Our Righteousness—offers to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He offers us His righteousness as a free gift when we accept Him as our Savior. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). His righteousness covers our sins. “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10).

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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