Article: Jehovah by Will Kinney

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The Significance of the Name JEHOVAH

In regards to JEHOVAH, a remarkable thing about the King James Bible is that the name is found exactly 7 times - Genesis 22:14; Exodus 6:3, 17:15; Judges 6:24; Psalm 83:18; Isaiah 12:2 and 26:4. Seven is the number of spiritual perfection. This Hebrew word is translated three different ways by the KJB. As LORD, GOD, and JEHOVAH.

The NKJV, NIV and NASB only translate this word in two ways--as LORD, and GOD. But God is a triune God, and the KJB has translated it in three ways. God is the creator, Lord is the sovereign ruler of His creation, and JEHOVAH is the personal name of the Redeemer God, who redeems His people.

The first time JEHOVAH appears is in Genesis 22 when Abraham is stopped from offering up his son Isaac. All of this of course is a type of the Father offering up His Son. "As it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen". God will provide, JEHOVAH JIREH.

The second time the name appears (and Christ is the second person of the trinity) is in the second book of Exodus, which is the book of redemption. In Exodus 6:3-6 God appears to Moses and here the name is used again in connection with REDEMPTION. "And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them." Likewise the second time the word 'redeem' occurs in the Bible is found right here in this context. Verse 6 "And I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments." So JEHOVAH is the personal name of the Redeemer God.

The word JEHOVAH, as the personal name of God, is found not only in the KJB, but also in Tyndale 1530, Bishop's Bible 1568, the Geneva Bible 1599, the Revised Version 1881, the American Standard Version 1902, Young's, Darby's, Webster's 1833 translation, the 1936 Jewish translation (Hebrew Pub. Com. New York), Lamsa's 1936 translation of the Syriac Peshitta, the Spanish Reina Valera 1909 and 1960, the KJV 21st Century, the New English Bible 1970, and the Third Millenium Bible. This name has disappeared from the RSV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, and ESV.

Some people tell us the name of God should be something like YAHWEH, Jahweh or Yaweh, rather than JEHOVAH. The problem with this argument is that there are a multitude of Biblical personal names that all have JEHOVAH as part of the name. We read in all English versions that I am aware of names such as JEHOiakim, JEHiah, JEHOshaphat, JEHOhanan, JEHOiachin, JEHOiada, JEHOram and JEHOshua. I have yet to see one of these English bibles come out yet spelling these as Yahhosaphat, Yahoiakim, Yahoiada etc.

In the Holman Christian Standard Bible of 2003, the whole divine pattern is messed up. The Holman translates this single word in four different ways - LORD, GOD, Yah, and Yahweh. Yah occurs twice and Yahweh some 72 times, but they also translate it as LORD and as GOD, all in a shotgun pattern.

Another significant point about the KJB is found in Psalm 68:4 "Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him."

This word JAH is found only once in the entire Bible. It is one word composed of three letters. Thus representing the triune God. And it is the eighth time total that this personal name occurs. What is the significance of the number 8? Eight is the number of a new beginning. Seven days in a week, 8 is a new beginning. Also the males were circumcised on the eighth day, to signify a new covenant relationship with God.

In Leviticus 25:22 we see the land was to rest the seventh year and they were to sow a new crop in the eighth year. Noah was the eighth person saved during the flood when God began again to repopulate the earth. Even in Revelation 17:11 when the Beast begins his reign of the Antichrist, he is the eighth.

Seven is the number of spiritual perfection and in the KJB the name JEHOVAH is found 7 times. Three in one is the Trinity and we have the name JAH found only once. Eight is the number of a new beginning, and it is through the redeeming grace of JEHOVAH that we are made new creatures in Christ and begin a new life in Him.

In addition to this, another interesting thing found only in the King James Bible is the name JEHOVAH in capital letters is found four times in the Old Testament - Exodus 6:3; Psalms 83:18; Isaiah 12:2 and 26:4. Likewise the name JESUS in capital letters is found only four times in the New Testament - Matthew 1:21, 25; 27:37; and John 19:19. Four is the number of the earth and JEHOVAH God Himself has come to this earth to save His people from their sins.

So, only in the King James Bible do we have these precious truths revealed. This is just one of the many marks of God on this Book that shows it is indeed His inspired word in the English language.

Will Kinney May I recommend a well done article on the pronunciation of the divine name JEHOVAH, done by brother Scott Jones. It explains in greater detail using several quotes from various scholars about the accuracy of the name JEHOVAH. You can see it here: http://www.lamblion.net/Articles/ScottJones/jehovah1.htm

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