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Importance of knowing/using the Name – YHWH

Importance of using the name Yahweh יהוה

The following is an outline of the hundreds of scriptures that show the importance of Yahweh’s name.
Although His name may not seem important to most, by the time you are finished reading these scriptures, there shouldn’t be the slightest doubt in your mind that Yahweh’s name is very important to Him.

So shouldn’t it be important to us?

  • Definition of the word “name” in scripture

    This will prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that the word “Name” not only means “character and reputation” but also a literal written and spoken name.

    This is the definition of the Hebrew word “shem” which is translated as “name” all throughout scripture

    Strong’s # 8034 Shem; a primitive word [perhaps rather from 7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare 8064]; an appellation, AS A MARK or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character: – + base, [in-] fame[-ous], name[-d], renown, report.

    As you can see from the above definition, Yahweh’s name not only represents His character but the Name Yahweh is also HIS MARK! What is a mark but something that is written? The Name YAHWEH also is His memorial of individuality. This definition goes hand in hand with scripture:

    Exodus 3:15-AV And Elohim said moreover to Moses, Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel, YAHWEH Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, hath sent me to you: this [is] my name for ever, and this [is] my memorial to all generations.

    Man has set up many memorials for himself such as “The Unknown Soldier” or “The Wall” for instance. Can you imagine the punishment one would receive if someone had gone up and destroyed one of these memorials? Now if we wouldn’t desecrate one of man’s memorials, then why would anyone want to desecrate Yahweh’s Memorial – His Name!? We do not have the right to change His name to whatever we want to call Him.

  • Yahweh’s name designates Yahweh Himself

  • Yahweh’s Name is the greatest Name

  • Yahweh’s Name reveals His true nature

  • Yahweh’s Name signifies His presence

  • Yahweh’s Name represents His power and authority

  • Yahweh’s Name identifies His people

  • Yahweh’s name relates to Yahushua’s name

    John 5:43-AV I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Reading the verses in context is strongly recommended to grasp the full meaning of the text.

Tetragrammaton Found in Earliest Copies of the Septuagint

Because of the detailed nature of the below graphics, they will take a while to load unless you are on a fast connection. Below are 2 examples of where the Tetragrammaton has been found in ancient copies of the Septuagint. The Septuagint is a 3rd to 2nd Century BCE Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. The below fragments are evidence that the Septuagint originally contained the name Yahweh.  

The first is an ancient fragment of the Septuagint dated between 50 BCE and 50 CE (AD). If this dating is correct, it would have been written near the time of Yahushua’s ministry. The name of these fragments are “Nahal Hever Minor Prophets” because they are fragments of Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah and Zechariah found in the Nahal Hever cave, south of Qumran. The Tetragrammaton is indicated with the large black arrow. 


Notice that the Tetragrammaton is written in the ancient Hebrew (Paleo-Hebrew) script. Here is another example of an ancient fragment of the Septuagint dating to the First Century CE (AD). This fragment contains parts Job 42:

There are other early fragments that also contain the sacred name in like manner. According to scholars, no copies of the Septuagint dated before the mid-2nd century CE/AD substitutes the Tetragrammaton (Yahweh’s name) with “Kyrios” (the Greek word Lord). 

Yahweh’s name in the Dead Sea Scrolls

This is a photo of Psalms 119:59-64 in the Dead Sea Scrolls which are a collection of Hebrew Scriptures that date back 2000 years. Note Yahweh’s name in the ancient Hebrew script while the rest of the text is in a more modern Hebrew that was used at the time. Also note that each line begins with the Hebrew letter “Heth” which corresponds with it’s part in the acrostical 119th psalm.

Compare this to the Masoretic Hebrew Text:

Now in English

Psalms 119:56-64
59 I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments.
61 The cords of the wicked have bound me, [But] I have not forgotten Your law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments.
63 I [am] a companion of all who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.
64 The earth, O , is full of Your mercy; Teach me Your statutes.

See also: Tetragrammaton Found in Earliest Copies of the Septuagint

The Meaning of the Tetragrammaton

This is four Hebrew letters (Yod, He, Waw and He) called the “Tetragrammaton.” The four characters are the four Hebrew letters that correspond to YHWH and are transliterated IAUE or Yahweh. Yahweh is the name of the Almighty Father in Heaven that people commonly call “The LORD” or “God”.

The reason we see “LORD” and “God” in our bibles is because of a Jewish tradition that the name Yahweh was not to be spoken for fear that the name be blasphemed. However, the scriptures declare that His name should be exalted (e.g. Ps 68:4) and the third commandment forbids this practice. The Preface of some bibles will admit why they change His name. Nearly all will cite tradition and familiarity as the reason. This, I believe is wrong.

Sometimes people pronounce the tetragrammaton as “Jehovah”. But Jehovah could never be the right pronunciation. On this web site, the name of Yahweh is used in reference to the Heavenly Father because in the scriptures we are told to praise, exalt, bless, love, teach, preach, anoint, assemble, believe, give thanks, honor and call on His name.

The Tetragrammaton has been found in the 2000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls
and in ancient copies of the Septuagint!

What about Jehovah?

Some Christians, especially Jehovah’s witnesses, use this name for the Heavenly Father. However, every scholar and every reference book I have ever checked on "Jehovah" (including Jehovah’s witness tracts) has said that this is not the way you pronounce His name! First of all it is impossible because of the fact that the Hebrew language has no "J" sound!

Another VERY IMPORTANT truth is there was no such letter “J” in the ENGLISH language until the 16th Century. (Do your homework – 2Ti 2:15)

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1991 under the heading "Yahweh", here is how this name came into being:

"The Masoretes, who from about the 6th to the 10th century worked to reproduce the original text of the Hebrew Bible, replaced the vowels of the name YHWH with the vowel signs of the Hebrew word Adonai or Elohim. Thus the artificial name Jehovah (YeHoWaH) came into being."

So we see here one of many confirmations that the name Jehovah is not really His name at all! But it is a artificial name that was invented by man. Does man have the right to change the name of the one who created him? I think not! But that is exactly what has happened here.

Now let’s look a little more deeply into this name Jehovah. Notice that many Hebrew names contain the first part of Yahweh’s name which is Yah. This is true in the name Isa-YAH (Hebrew: YeshaYAH), which means "Yah is Salvation". Also in Jeremi-Yah (Hebrew: YermeYAH), Obadiah, Zechariah, and so on. Taking this knowledge, apply this to the name Je-hovah with Jeh being the first part of His name. First of all it doesn’t add up when it comes to the names of these prophets. (Isaiah’s name isn’t IsaJEH) Second, the Hovah part of Je-hovah means RUIN and MISCHIEF in Hebrew according to Strong’s Concordance #1943:

#1943 Hovah, another form for 1942; RUIN:-MISCHIEF

Is this a good description of our Creator? Certainly not.

Why do we have “The Lord” in our bibles rather than Yahweh?

This is a very common question. It all began with a Jewish tradition called the “ineffable name” doctrine. Jews, for various reasons, started to substitute His name with the Hebrew title “Adonai”. Adonai is the Hebrew word for "Lord". This information can be easily verified in many Bible dictionaries and various encyclopedias. For instance, the Encyclopedia Britannica states:

Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, his name being revealed to Moses as four Hebrew

CONSONANTS (YHWH) CALLED THE TETRAGRAMMATON. AFTER THE EXILE (6TH CENTURY BC), and especially from the 3rd century BC on, Jews ceased to use the name Yahweh for two reasons. As Judaism became a universal religion through its proselytizing in the Greco-Roman world, the more common noun elohim, meaning "god," tended to replace Yahweh to demonstrate the universal sovereignty of Israel’s God over all others. At the same time, the divine name was increasingly regarded as too sacred to be uttered; it was thus replaced vocally in the synagogue ritual by the Hebrew word Adonai ("My Lord"), which was translated as Kyrios ("Lord") in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament.

We see in the above quote that Jews started to vocally replace the name "Yahweh" with "Adonai" (Lord) for two reasons:

1. It was beginning to be believed that His name was too sacred to be uttered

2. They preferred to simply call Him "Elohim" rather than "Yahweh" to demonstrate to the world that He is the only true Elohim.

While on the surface these reasons may seem honorable, they are very unscriptural. They were and are attempts to improve on Yahweh’s already perfect ways. If Yahweh really wanted a substitute, why would He have placed His name there to begin with? Though scripture says to follow Yahweh rather than man, we find that nearly 7,000 times the most important name of all is replaced with a another word that man has chosen. 

This tradition was not practiced by the Messiah or the apostles, but it was adopted by some Christians during the early half of the 2nd Century CE/AD. By the 4th century, this practice was well established and widely practiced. Jerome, a 4th century "Church Father" who authored the Latin Vulgate version, substituted the name "Yahweh" throughout with the Latin word "Dominus" (meaning "Lord"). The tradition of replacing Yahweh’s name with “the Lord” continues to this day. Most English translations substitute the name Yahweh with “the LORD" and translations into other languages will also commonly choose a title meaning "Lord" in their own language. More information on this can be found in the preface of many modern bibles.

Why its important for people of all languages to call upon the name of Yahweh

This is a question that is often asked. Why should an English speaking
person call on the Hebrew names of Yahweh and Yahushua?

The answer is actually quite simple. Personal names do not translate across languages. For instance, Ariel Sharon is still Ariel Sharon in any country or language.  Personal names do not translate, they transliterate. In other words, they retain the pronunciation as much as possible. Even so, "The LORD" is not a translation of the name "Yahweh". It is a direct replacement. Put simply, the translators admit they substituted Yahweh’s name for a title. All for the sake of an unscriptural tradition. Yahweh’s name is in scripture nearly 7000 times. And nearly 7000 times they replaced it (not translated it) with "the LORD", or "GOD". I wouldn’t want someone to change my name unless it was Yahweh. And it is clear that according to the third commandment that Yahweh doesn’t want anyone to change or falsify His name either. 

Think about this for a moment. What makes man think he has the authority to change the name of the one who created him, and who created all things? We don’t have that right! For instance, in the scriptures we see that one who changes the name of another is always in authority over them. Yahushua renamed Simon. Yahweh renamed Abram to Abraham. Adam named the animals. We have no authority to rename our Heavenly Father or His Messiah Yahushua. We need to be sure we leave things as He inspired it.

Also consider this: If you don’t speak Hebrew then you can’t say Abraham, Isaac, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Obadiah, Zechariah, Michael or a long list of other Hebrew names! Why was Yahweh’s name the only one changed? And why was Yahushua’s Name the only name in our modern bibles that is different from the Old Testament to the New Testament? In the Old Testament, it’s "Joshua" but in the New Testament it’s "Jesus". The answer is simple. Satan will do anything to turn men from the truth. Yahweh’s Name IS truth. Yahushua’s Name IS truth. Substitutions are lies. You see, Father Yahweh is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. And when we call Him by a false name, then we are worshipping Him in lies and not truth. If we know that "the Lord" and "Jesus" are false, why continue in error?? Aren’t we supposed to love the truth?

But maybe you are thinking, "Okay so do you have any scriptures that show that Gentiles should be calling on His name?" I am glad you asked….

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen (Heb. Gentiles), saith Yahweh of hosts.

Acts 9:15 But the Master said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Acts 15:14 Simeon hath declared how Elohim at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

Yahweh’s Name identifies His people

Deuteronomy 18:5-AV For Yahweh thy Elohim hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of Yahweh, him and his sons for ever.

Deuteronomy 28:10-AV And all the people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of Yahweh; and they shall be afraid of thee.

2Chronicles 7:14-AV If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. {which…: Heb. upon whom my name is called}

Ezra 5:1-AV Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews that [were] in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the Elohim of Israel, [even] to them.

Psalms 61:5-AV For thou, O Elohim, hast heard my vows: thou hast given [me] the heritage of those that fear thy name.

Psalms 118:26-AV Blessed [be] he that cometh in the name of the Yahweh: we have blessed you out of the house of Yahweh.

Isaiah 43:6-AV I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

Isaiah 43:7-AV [Even] every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; verily, I have made him.

Isaiah 52:6-AV Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore [they shall know] in that day that I [am] he that doth speak: behold, [it is] I.

Micah 4:5-AV For all people will walk every one in the name of his elohim, and we will walk in the name of Yahweh our Elohim for ever and ever.

Micah 5:4-AV And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Yahweh, in the majesty of the name of Yahweh his Elohim; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great to the ends of the earth. {feed or, rule}

Yahweh’s Name represents Yahweh’s power and authority

Deuteronomy 18:19-AV And it shall come to pass, [that] whoever will not hearken to my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require [it] of him.

Psalms 118:10-AV All nations surrounded me: but in the name of Yahweh will I destroy them. {destroy…: Heb. cut them off}

Psalms 118:11-AV They surrounded me; yea, they surrounded me: but in the name of Yahweh I will destroy them.

Psalms 118:12-AV They surrounded me like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of Yahweh I will destroy them. {destroy: Heb. cut down}

Psalms 118:26-AV Blessed [be] he that cometh in the name of the Yahweh: we have blessed you out of the house of Yahweh.

Psalms 124:8-AV Our help [is] in the name of Yahweh, who made heaven and earth.

Proverbs 18:10-AV The name of Yahweh [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. {safe: Heb. set aloft}

Jeremiah 11:21-AV Therefore thus saith Yahweh concerning the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of Yahweh, that thou die not by our hand:

Jeremiah 29:9-AV For they prophesy falsely to you in my name: I have not sent them, saith Yahweh. {falsely: Heb. in a lie}

Jeremiah 51:57-AV And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise [men], her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name [is] Yahweh of hosts.

Ezekiel 39:7-AV So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not [let them] profane my holy name any more: and the nations shall know that I [am] Yahweh, the Holy One in Israel.

Ezekiel 39:25-AV Therefore thus saith Yahweh Elohim; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;

Ezekiel 43:8-AV In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in my anger. {and the…: or, for there was but a wall between me and them}

Daniel 9:6-AV Neither have we hearkened to thy servants the prophets, who spoke in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

Amos 5:8-AV [Seek him] that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: Yahweh [is] his name:

Amos 9:6-AV [It is] he that buildeth his chambers in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: Yahweh [is] his name. {stories: or, spheres: Heb. ascensions} {troop: or, bundle}

Yahweh’s Name signifies His presence

Exodus 23:21-AV Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name [is] in him.

Deuteronomy 12:5-AV But the place which Yahweh your Elohim shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, [even] his habitation shall ye seek, and there thou shalt come:

Deuteronomy 12:11-AV Then there shall be a place which Yahweh your Elohim shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; there shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow to Yahweh: {your choice…: Heb. the choice of your vows}

Deuteronomy 14:23-AV And thou shalt eat before Yahweh thy Elohim, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy grain, of thy wine, and of thy oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear Yahweh thy Elohim always.

Deuteronomy 14:24-AV And if the way is too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; [or] if the place is too far from thee, which Yahweh thy Elohim shall choose to set his name there, when Yahweh thy Elohim hath blessed thee….

Deuteronomy 16:5-AV Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which Yahweh thy Elohim giveth thee: {sacrifice: or, kill}

Deuteronomy 16:6-AV But at the place which Yahweh thy Elohim shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at evening, at the setting of the sun, at the time of thy departure from Egypt.

Deuteronomy 16:7-AV And thou shalt roast and eat [it] in the place which Yahweh thy Elohim shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go to thy tents.

Deuteronomy 16:8-AV Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day [shall be] a solemn assembly to Yahweh thy Elohim: [in it] thou shalt do no work. {solemn…: Heb. restraint}

Deuteronomy 16:9-AV Seven weeks shalt thou number to thee: begin to number the seven weeks from [the time when] thou beginnest [to put] the sickle to the grain.

Deuteronomy 16:10-AV And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks to Yahweh thy Elohim with a tribute of a freewill offering of thy hand, which thou shalt give [to Yahweh thy Elohim], according as Yahweh thy Elohim hath blessed thee: {a tribute: or, sufficiency}

Deuteronomy 16:11-AV And thou shalt rejoice before Yahweh thy Elohim, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy male, and female servant, and the Levite that [is] within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that [are] among you, in the place which Yahweh thy Elohim hath chosen to place his name there.

2Samuel 7:13-AV He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

1Kings 9:3-AV And Yahweh said to him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made
before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and my eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.

1Kings 11:36-AV And to his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light always before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen for me to put my name there. {light: Heb. lamp, or, candle}

2Kings 21:4-AV And he built altars in the house of Yahweh, of which Yahweh said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.

2Kings 21:7-AV And he set a graven image of the idol that he had made in the house, of which Yahweh said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:

2Kings 23:27-AV And Yahweh said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will reject this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.

2Chronicles 7:16-AV For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and my eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.

Nehemiah 1:9-AV But [if] ye turn to me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you driven to the uttermost part of the heaven, [yet] will I gather them from there, and will bring them to the place that I have chosen to set my name there.

Psalms 75:1-AV
<> To thee, O Elohim, do we give thanks, [to thee] do we give thanks: for [that] thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. {Altaschith: or, Destroy not} {of: or, for}

Isaiah 18:7-AV In that time shall the present be brought to the Yahweh of hosts of a people scattered and stripped, and from a people terrible from their beginning to this time; a nation measured by line and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of Yahweh of hosts, the mount Zion. {scattered…: or, outspread and polished}

Yahweh’s Name reveals Yahweh’s true nature

Genesis 21:33-AV And [Abraham] planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of Yahweh, the everlasting Elohim.

Exodus 3:13-AV And Moses said to Elohim, Behold, [when] I come to the children of Israel, and shall say to them, The Elohim of your fathers hath sent me to you; and they shall say to me, What [is] his name? what shall I say to them?

Exodus 3:14-AV And Elohim said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM (YHWH in Original Hebrew Language): and he said, Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel, I AM (YHWH in Original Hebrew Language) hath sent me to you.

Exodus 3:15-AV And Elohim said moreover to Moses, Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel, Yahweh Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, hath sent me to you: this [is] my name for ever, and this [is] my memorial to all generations.

Exodus 3:16-AV Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, Yahweh Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, I have surely visited you, and [seen] that which is done to you in Egypt:

Exodus 33:19-AV And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of Yahweh before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.

Exodus 34:14-AV For thou shalt worship no other elohim: for Yahweh, whose name [is] Jealous, [is] a jealous Elohim:

1Chronicles 29:16-AV O Yahweh our Elohim, all this abundance that we have prepared to build thee an house for thy holy name [cometh] from thy hand, and [is] all thy own.

Psalms 48:10-AV According to thy name, O Elohim, so [is] thy praise to the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

Psalms 106:8-AV Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.

Psalms 124:8-AV Our help [is] in the name of Yahweh, who made heaven and earth.

Proverbs 18:10-AV The name of Yahweh [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. {safe: Heb. set aloft}

Isaiah 63:16-AV Doubtless thou [art] our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Yahweh, [art] our father, our redeemer; thy name [is] from everlasting. {our redeemer…: or, our redeemer from everlasting is thy name}

Amos 4:13-AV For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth to man what [is] his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, Yahweh, The Elohim of hosts, [is] his name. {wind: or, spirit}