Updated: Sep 19, 2022
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 fifth Old Testament name of God, YHWH, as found in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.
(yah-weh) Lord, Jehovah
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Yahweh occurs 6,519 times. This name is used more than any other name of God. Yahweh is first used in Gen 2:4.
Variant spellings: YHWH, Jehovah
TWOT Reference: 484a
Strong's Reference: H3068
Yahweh in the Septuagint: kurios - Lord, Master
Part of Speech: proper noun with reference to deity
Root Word (Etymology): From הָיָה (H1961)
KJV Translation Count — Total: 6,519x
Outline of Biblical Usage
Jehovah = "the existing One"
the proper name of the one true God
unpronounced except with the vowel pointings of H136
Despotês - Lord, Master, denoting the omnipotence of God (TDNT), despot, absolute ruler
Meaning and Derivation: Yahweh is the promised name of God. This name of God which (by Jewish tradition) is too holy to voice, is actually spelled YHWH without vowels. YHWH is referred to as the Tetragrammaton (which simply means the four letters). YHWH comes from the Hebrew letters: Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay. While YHWH is first used in Genesis 2, God did not reveal Himself as YHWH until Exodus 3. The modern spelling as Yahweh includes vowels to assist in pronunciation. Many pronounce YHWH as Yahweh or Jehovah. We no longer know for certain the exact pronunciation. During the third century A.D., the Jewish people stopped saying this name in fear of contravening the commandment "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain" (Exodus 20:7). As a result of this, Adonai is occasionally a substitute for YHWH.
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.
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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.