What does Jehovah mean? A Bible Study on Jehovah’s Word


Does the Word “Jehovah” Appear in the Bible? Was inserted by the translators? What is the meaning of the word Jehovah if it appears in the Bible?

The Origin of Jehovah

To the surprise of many, the word Jehovah does not appear anywhere in the Bible. It is not found in the Old Testament, where many assume it, but it also does not appear in the New Testament. The origin of the word “Jehovah” is a mystery to most Bible scholars. On the one hand, the Hebrew language has no vowels. They uttered vowel-like sounds in their words, but they were never in written form. Some translators concocted Jehovah’s name from YWHW which is spelled Yahweh (pronounced “YAH way”) but the ancient Israelites were so afraid of mispronouncing the name of God that they never used this form of His name. . We really have no idea how YWHW was pronounced at all.


There is no universal agreement on how to pronounce the name of God YWHW. Some write it “Yehowah” or “Yahuweh”, but this is only an estimate of how it might sound, because YWHW is a tetragrammaton and there is too much uncertainty to know how to pronounce YWHW. The Jews, fearing to abuse the name of God, preferred the names “Elohim” or “Adonai”. The spelling of “Jehovah” entered the English language thanks to the translation of the Bible by William Tyndale completed in 1537, but Tyndale transliterated the tetragrammaton into the English language using Masoretic vowel marks like those used in the Renaissance, which shows that there is most likely an error. Jehovah being the literal name of God. On the one hand, God has many names and His many names have to do with His attributes or characteristics such as Elohim, Adonai, EL-ELYON, El OLAM, EL-KING, EL-SHADDAI, and dozens of others attached. in the names of God but even the word “Yahweh” in the original Hebrew is “YWHW” and we can only guess how it was pronounced.

The only name

Even though there are many names for God, there is only one name that believers know by which they can be saved and it is mentioned in Acts 4:12 (among many other places).And there is no salvation in anyone else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. “Even though this name is pronounced Yah SHOE Ah, which comes from the Hebrew name Joshua from the Old Testament, we know him as Jesus and anyone who believes in Jesus Christ can be saved (Rom 10: 9-13). The name Jesus means, like Joshua’s, “God saves” or “God is salvation” or simply “salvation” which is essentially the same thing. When Mary was told earlier that she was going to give birth to Jesus, an angel proclaimed to Joseph: “She will bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”(Mt 1,21). Jehovah’s Witnesses mistakenly believe that not using Jehovah as God’s name at all times is considered idolatry, even though there is no evidence that this name appears in the original manuscripts.


The Son of God is Jesus Christ and it is the most important name to know in order to know how to be saved. Paul wrote “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart we believe and we are justified, and with the mouth we confess and we are saved. For the Scripture says that “Whoever believes in him will not be ashamed“(Rom 10: 9-11) because Jesus is”the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”(Rom 10: 12-13). This is all we need to know about God regarding how we might be saved, for as the jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Gentlemen, what must I do to be saved? And they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your family.”(Acts 16: 30-31).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon.


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