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Meaning of JEHOVAH

Pronunciation:  ji'howvu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the Judeo-Christian God
  2. [n]  a name for the Old Testament God as transliterated from the Hebrew YHVH

JEHOVAH is a 7 letter word that starts with J.


 Synonyms: Almighty, Creator, Divine, God Almighty, Godhead, Jahvey, Jahweh, JHVH, Lord, Maker, Wahvey, Yahve, Yahveh, Yahwe, Yahweh, YHVH, YHWH
 See Also: Blessed Trinity, God, Holy Trinity, hypostasis, Sacred Trinity, Supreme Being, Trinity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Je*ho"vah\, n. [Heb. usually y[e^]h[=o]v[=a]h (with the
vowel points of [a^]d[=o]n[=a]i Lord), sometimes (to avoid
repetition) y[e^]h[=o]vih (with the vowel points of
[e^]l[=o]h[=i]m God); but only the four Heb, consonants yhvh
are conceded to be certainly known.]
A Scripture name of the Supreme Being, by which he was
revealed to the Jews as their covenant God or Sovereign of
the theocracy; the ``ineffable name'' of the Supreme Being,
which was not pronounced by the Jews.

Easton Bible Dictionary

the special and significant name (not merely an appellative title such as Lord [adonai]) by which God revealed himself to the ancient Hebrews (Ex. 6:2, 3). This name, the Tetragrammaton of the Greeks, was held by the later Jews to be so sacred that it was never pronounced except by the high priest on the great Day of Atonement, when he entered into the most holy place. Whenever this name occurred in the sacred books they pronounced it, as they still do, "Adonai" (i.e., Lord), thus using another word in its stead. The Massorets gave to it the vowel-points appropriate to this word. This Jewish practice was founded on a false interpretation of Lev. 24:16. The meaning of the word appears from Ex. 3:14 to be "the unchanging, eternal, self-existent God," the "I am that I am," a convenant-keeping God. (Comp. Mal. 3:6; Hos. 12:5; Rev. 1:4, 8.)

The Hebrew name "Jehovah" is generally translated in the Authorized Version (and the Revised Version has not departed from this rule) by the word LORD printed in small capitals, to distinguish it from the rendering of the Hebrew _Adonai_ and the Greek _Kurios_, which are also rendered Lord, but printed in the usual type. The Hebrew word is translated "Jehovah" only in Ex. 6:3; Ps. 83:18; Isa. 12:2; 26:4, and in the compound names mentioned below.

It is worthy of notice that this name is never used in the LXX., the Samaritan Pentateuch, the Apocrypha, or in the New Testament. It is found, however, on the "Moabite stone" (q.v.), and consequently it must have been in the days of Mesba so commonly pronounced by the Hebrews as to be familiar to their heathen neighbours.

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