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NOTE: Please read the first part of the series here, Faith Basics – Titles and Names Of God – Part 1


YAHWEH (יהוה)

God’s revealed and chosen Name for Himself, Yahweh (יהוה), is a form of the name above, yet puts it into the third person for us to call upon as His children. It comes from an ancient Hebrew word for “to exist” and means: HE CAUSES TO EXIST or THE EXISTING ONE

Exodus 3:15 — God also said to Moses, “You must say this to the Israelites, ‘The LORD – the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you. This is my name forever, and this is my memorial from generation to generation.’

In ancient Paleo-Hebrew, it was written (from right to left), יהוה. In English, this Name is transliterated: YHWH or IAUE. It is pronounced “ee-ah-’oo-eh,” and is commonly written, Yahweh.

“Jehovah,” “Yehovah,” and “Yehowah” are now preferably used, which come from injecting the vowel points (a Jewish scribal system introduced 7th-8th century A.D.) for Adonai into JHVH, YHVH or YHWH. These replacements still exist due to tradition.


This is God’s Eternal Name which He has chosen as a Memorial for Himself unto all the earth: 

Exodus 3:15 — God also said to Moses, “You must say this to the Israelites, ‘The LORD – the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you. This is my name forever, and this is my memorial from generation to generation.’

Exodus 9:16 — But for this purpose I have caused you to stand: to show you my strength, and so that my name may be declared in all the earth.

Exodus 34:5 — The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there and proclaimed the LORD by name.

Psalms 83:18 — That men may know that you, whose name alone is YAHWEH, are the most high over all the earth.

Genesis 4:1 — And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

Matthew 6:9 — Pray then like this: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​“Our Father in heaven, ​​​​​​​hallowed be your name. ​​​

John 17:6 — “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.

Many promises are made concerning this Name:  

Lamentations 3:55 — ​​​​​​​​“I called on your name, O LORD, ​​​​​​​from the depths of the pit…”

Psalms 5:11 — ​​​​​​​​But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; ​​​​​​​let them ever sing for joy, ​​​​​​​and spread your protection over them, ​​​​​​​that those who love your name may exult in you. ​​​

Isaiah 52:5-6 — Now therefore what have I here,” declares the LORD, “seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail,” declares the LORD, “and continually all the day my name is despised. Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I.”

Zechariah 13:9 — ​​​​​​​​And I will put this third into the fire, ​​​​​​​and refine them as one refines silver, ​​​​​​​and test them as gold is tested. ​​​​​​​They will call upon my name, ​​​​​​​and I will answer them. ​​​​​​​I will say, ‘They are my people’; ​​​​​​​and they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’” ​​​

Malachi 1:11 — For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 4:2 — But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

John 17:11 — And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.

Revelation 3:12 — The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.

Yahweh or YHWH occurs over 6500 times in scripture.

YAH (יה) / JAH

Yah (יה) or Jah is a shortened form of Yahweh, also denoting God as Eternal.

Psalms 68:4 — Sing to God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rides on the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

Psalms 102:18 — This is written for a later generation, And the people created do praise Jah.

It carries with it the meaning of vehement or blazing intensity.

Song of Solomon 8:6 — Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which has a most vehement flame.

Here, “most vehement” is literally “Yah,” i.e., “flame of Yah”. 


It is the Lord’s purpose and plan that we know Him as our All in all. He has made this desire manifest even in the Names which He has revealed in His Word:

  • YAHWEH-YIREH : יְהוָה יִרְאֶה 

Meaning – “the Lord will provide” or “the Lord who sees.”

In the Book of Genesis, Jehovah-Jireh / Yahweh-Yireh was a place in the land of Moriah. It was the location of the binding of Isaac, where God told Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering.

Abraham named the place after God provided a ram to sacrifice in place of Isaac. This Name depicts a Heavenly Father Who “sees ahead and provides for us,” just as He did for Abraham when he needed a sacrifice in the place of Isaac.

Genesis 22:13-14 — And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place YAHWEH -Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.


Meaning –  “the Lord your Physician”

This speaks of the Lord as the Divine Doctor Who heals us. He is our Healer and our Health.

Exodus 15:26 — And he said, “If you carefully listen to the voice of Yahweh your God and you do [what is] right in his eyes and give heed to his commands and you keep all his rules, [then] I will not bring about on you any of the diseases that I brought about on Egypt, because I [am] Yahweh your healer.

  • YAHWEH-NISSI : הוָה נִסִּ

Meaning – “the Lord my Banner (Victory)  

According to the Book of Exodus in the Bible, Yahweh-Nissi (Hebrew: יְהוָה נִסִּי) is the name given by Moses to the altar which he built to celebrate the defeat of the Amalekites at Rephidim. This Name represents the Lord as the One Who fights and wins all of our battles with the world, the flesh and the Devil.

Exodus 17:13-16 — And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with [the] edge of the sword. And Yahweh said to Moses, “Write this [as] a memorial in the scroll and recite it in the hearing of Joshua, because I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under the heavens.” And Moses built an altar, and he called its name Yahweh [Is] My Banner. And he said, “Because a hand [was] against the throne of Yah, a war [will be] for Yahweh with Amalek from generation [to] generation.”

Isaiah 59:19 — So they shall fear the name of Yahweh from [the] west, and his glory from the sunrise, for he will come like [a] narrow stream; the wind of Yahweh drives it on.


Meaning – “the Lord is Peace

This Name sets forth our God Who hates sin, loves the sinner, and provides a sacrifice that makes possible peace.

Judges 6:24 — Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it YAHWEH-Shalom: unto this day it [is] yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.


Meaning – “the Lord my Shepherd” 

This name indicates His tender and merciful nature, the “Pastor” of His people, guiding and watching over them in their earthly journey.

Psalms 23:1 — Yahweh is my shepherd; I will not lack [for anything].


Meaning – “the Lord our Righteousness

Jeremiah 23:5-6 — “Look, days [are] coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous branch, and he will reign [as] king, and he will achieve success, and he will do justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell in safety, and this [is] his name [by] which he will be called: ‘Yahweh [is] our righteousness.’

This divine name refers to our Heavenly Father, Himself, in the Person of His Son, becoming our means of “right-standing” with Himself, by grace through faith. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 — For by grace you are saved through faith, and this [is] not from yourselves, [it is] the gift of God; [it is] not from works so that no one can boast.

  • YAHWEH-SHAMMAH : יְהוָה שָׁמָּה

Meaning – “the Lord Who is there” 

In this Name is represented our Lord’s ever-present abiding with His people. These are the final words of the book of Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 48:35 — All around [the city] [is] eighteen thousand [cubits], and the name of the city from [that] day [is] “Yahweh [Is] There”!

Charles Spurgeon preached his New Year sermon in 1891 on this text in Ezekiel, declaring:

“It is esteemed by the prophet to be the highest blessing that could come upon a city that its name should be, JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH, The Lord is there.” [Jehovah-Shammah: A Glorious Name for the New Year , January 4th, 1891, Metropolitan Tabernacle.]

HALLELUJAH [הַלְלוּ יָהּ]

This Name is also rooted in the word HalleluYah, a command or call to action, meaning “All of you, praise Yah” 

In the Hebrew Bible, hallelujah is a two-word phrase, not one word. The first part, hallelu, is the second-person imperative masculine plural form of the Hebrew verb hillel[Page H. Kelley, Biblical Hebrew, an Introductory Grammar, page 169. Ethics & Public Policy Center, 1959] 

However, “hallelujah” means more than simply “praise Jah” or “praise Yah”, as the word hallel in Hebrew means a joyous praise in song, to boast in God.

Psalms 149:1 — Praise ye Jah! Sing ye to Jehovah a new song, His praise in an assembly of saints.

The second part, Yah, is a shortened form of YHWH, the name for the Creator. [Woods, F. H. (1902). “Hallelujah”. In James Hastings (ed.). A Dictionary of the Bible. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. p. 287.]

For most Christians, “Hallelujah” is considered a joyful word of praise to God, rather than an injunction to praise him. “The Alleluia” refers to a traditional chant, combining the word with verses from the Psalms or other scripture.

In modern worship among many Protestant and Born Again Churches, expressions of “Hallelujah” and “Praise the Lord” are acceptable spontaneous expressions of joy, thanksgiving, and praise towards God, requiring no specific prompting or call or direction from those leading times of praise and singing.



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