Our Creator's Name

Proverbs 30:4 
Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!

Our Creator's name, which is found 6828 times in scripture is spelled (יהוה) and commonly represented by the English letters YHWH but is properly pronounced YaHUaH . The W was used because in early English it was pronounced as a double-U. The four Hebrew letters in our Creator's name (יהוה) pronounced yod, hay, vav, hay each have their own meaning: hand - behold - nail - behold - The Father's name is a revelation of his Son's sacrifice for us. A more in depth presentation of evidence follows the scriptural evidence of its signifance.

Our Creator stating His name in scripture:

Exodus 3:15 
The Almighty, furthermore, said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'YAHUAH, the Almighty of your fathers, the Almighty of Abraham, the Almighty of Isaac, and the Almighty of Jacob, has sent me to you.' This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.

Isaiah 42:8 
"I am YAHUAH, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.

Jeremiah 16:21 
"Therefore behold, I am going to make them know- This time I will make them know My power and My might; And they shall know that My name is YAHUAH."

False Names:

6828 times Bible translators replaced YHWH and YAH with LORD or GOD in most English translations.  They also replaced most Hebrew names that had YAH or YAHU in them with English names. Example: Yahudah was replaced with Judah.
In Isaiah 65:11 the word fortune in the NASB and the word troop in the KJB are translated from the Hebrew word "gad" which is the personal name of the false deity of fortune and is pronounced like God - the "a" is sounded out like the "a" in father. Also, Baal is Hebrew for Lord.

Exodus 23:13 
Now concerning everything which I have said to you, be on your guard; and do not mention the name of other mighty-ones, nor let them be heard from your mouth.

Hosea 2:16-17 
"It will come about in that day," declares YAHUAH, "That you will call Me Ishi (husband) And will no longer call Me Baali (lord). [17] "For I will remove the names of the Baals (lords) from her mouth, So that they will be mentioned by their names no more.

Jeremiah 23:26-27 
How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart, [27] who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal? (Baal Hebrew for Lord).

Jeremiah 16:19-21 
YAHUAH, my strength and my stronghold, And my refuge in the day of distress, To You the nations will come From the ends of the earth and say, "Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood, Futility and things of no profit." [20] Can man make mighty-ones for himself? Yet they are not mighty-ones! [21] "Therefore behold, I am going to make them know- This time I will make them know My power and My might; And they shall know that My name is YAHUAH."

More scripture evidence: Exodus 23:13, Hosea 2:16-17, Psalm 138:2, Proverbs 30:4, Ezekiel 22:26, Genius 30:11, Jeremiah 12:16 & 23:26-27

His Holy Name:

Leviticus 22:31-32 
So you shall keep My commandments, and do them; I am YAHUAH. [32] "You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel; I am YAHUAH who sanctifies you,

Psalm 145:18-21 
YAHUAH is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. [19] He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. [20] YAHUAH keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. [21] My mouth will speak the praise of YAHUAH, And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

Ezekiel 20:39 
"As for you, O house of Israel," thus says the Almighty YAHUAH, "Go, serve everyone his idols; but later you will surely listen to Me, and My holy name you will profane no longer with your gifts and with your idols.

Ezekiel 22:26 
Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

Ezekiel 36:23 
I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am YAHUAH," declares the Almighty YAHUAH, "when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight.

More scripture stating YAHUAH's name is holy:  

Lev 20:3, 22:2,32
1 Chron 16:9,10,29,35; 29:16
Psalm 30:4; 33:21; 97:12; 103:1; 105:3; 106:47; 111:9; 145:21
Ezekiel 20:3922:26; 36:20-23; 39:7,25; 43:7,8
Amos 2:7
Luke 1:49 (Virgin Mary)

Calling on His Name:

Malachi 3:16
Then those who feared YAHUAH spoke to one another, and YAHUAH gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear YAHUAH and who esteem His name.


Revelation 3:8 
'I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

Jeremiah 23:5-6 
"Behold, the days are coming," declares YAHUAH, "When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land. [6] "In His days Yahuda (known as Judah) will be saved, And Israel will dwell securely; And this is His name by which He will be called, 'YAHUAH our righteousness.'

Deuteronomy 28:58 
"If you are not careful to observe all the words of this law which are written in this book, to fear this honored and awesome name, the Almighty YAHUAH, then YAHUAH will bring extraordinary plagues on you and your descendants, even severe and lasting plagues, and miserable and chronic sicknesses.

Revelation 14:1 
Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.

More scriptural evidence of people calling on YAHUAH's name and scriptures telling us to call upon, proclaim, and praise YAHUAH's name:

Genius 4:1 Eve,
4:26 3rd generation men, 12:8 Abraham, 
16:13 Hagar,
26:25 Isaac,
28:13, 16 Jacob, 
Exodus 3:1517:15 Moses, 23:13 don't speak false mighty-ones' names.
Numbers 6:27
Deuteronomy 6:1310:20, 12:3, 14:23, 28:10, 58-59
2 Samuel 22:50
1 Kings 8:29, 9:3, 11:3622:16
1 Chronicles 16:8-10, 16:2922:10
2 Chronicles 14:1118:15, 33:4
Nehemiah 1:11
Job 1:21
Psalm 5:117:17, 8:1, 9:2, 10, 20:7, 22:22, 29:2, 34:3, 48:10, 69:36, 74:10, 18, 79:6, 86:9,11, 91:14, 100:4, 103:1, 113:2, 115:1, 118:26, 119:132, 140:13
Proverbs 30:4
Isaiah 26:8, 42:8, 48:9, 52:6, 56:6, 
Jeremiah 12:16-17, 23:6-7, 23:26-27
Joel 2:31-32
Zephaniah 3:9
Zechariah 13:9, 14:9
Malachi 2:2, 3:16

Matthew 6:9, 12:2123:39, 28:19,20
John 17:6, 11-12, 26
Acts 4:12, 9:15-16; 15:14,17,26; 19:17
Romans 9:17 
James 5:10

The evidence:

First, lets take a look at what the first bible translaters knew. Jehovah is an old English spelling that is universally mispronounced in today's world. The name "Jehovah" first appeared in an English BIBLE in 1530, when William Tyndale published a translation of the first five books of the Bible. In this, he transliterated the name of our Creator as IEHOUAH.  The well known 1911 KJV had no letter "J" anywhere in its pages. Jehovah was spelled Yehovah. The "J" should be pronounced like a "Y" as seen today in old words like hallelujah and fjord.The word "hallelujah" was created by combining  two Hebrew words that mean "praise Yah". Yah is the short or poetic form of our Creator's name (see Psalms 68:4 KJV).

The "V" in Jehovah or Yehovah should be pronounced like a "U" as it was in old English. Proof of this can still be seen on stone engravings above old court houses. Just Google "covnty covrt hovse" to see photos. 

Given these facts, Jehovah is correctly pronounced Yehouah. However, Psalms 68:4 tells us the first two letters of our Creator's name (יה) are pronounced "Yah" not "Yeh". So more correctly our Creator's name (יהוה) is pronounced "Yahouah" or more simply written "YAHUAH" in today's vernacular. These four Hebrew letters spelling our Creator's name (יהוה) are most commonly represented by the English letters YHWH. Keep in mind that Hebrew reads from right to left. Y represents (י), the two H's represent both (ה) and the W represents the (I).

Our second and more trustworthy witness is the Holy Scriptures themselves. As already stated Psalms 68:4 gives us YAH (יה) as our Creator's contracted name. YAHUAH  is called YAH (יה) 45 times in scripture. The remainder of scripture (old and new) has retained our Creator's name among the names of His people called by His name (2 Chronicles 2:14, Isaiah 43:7, Daniel 9:19). There are 100 Hebrew names in scripture that have embedded in them  the first three of the four Hebrew letters that spell YAHUAH 's name, "YHW" (יהו). In all cases those three letters stand for "YAHUAH" in the names' meanings and are pronounced "YAHU" within the names (see *). Two familiar examples: Yeshiyahu, known as Isaiah, who's name means "salvation of YAHUAH " and Yahushua, known as Joshua and Jesus, who's name means YAHUAH saves!

The Old testament was first translated into Greek in Alexandria Egypt around 300 BC by Hellenize Jews and is commonly called the Septuagent or LXX.  The earliest manuscripts of the Septuagint show the sacred name in Paleo Hebrew as (יהוה) not in Greek. In later copies, the name was written in Greek as IAO (Iota/Alpha/Omega), a genuine effort to transliterate the tetragramiton as "ee-aa-oo" or Yahu. It is likely the full spelling was not used because in Greek only feminine names end in the "ah" sound.

As a third witness we have the writings of the famous Jewish historian and army commander, Flavius Josephus. He was the son of a levite priest and was born  in Jerulalem in 37AD. Josephus wrote in his book - The War of the Jews:

"A mitre also of fine linen encompassed his [high priest's] head, which was tied by a blue ribbon, about which there was another golden crown, in which was engraven the sacred name [YHWH (יהוה)]: it consisted of four vowels."

Quote from The War of the Jews, Book 5, chapter 5, paragraph 7. From this we see the four vowels YHWH (יהוה) pronounced: "ee-ah-uu-ah".

As a fourth witness we have the writings of another famous Jewish historian Philo of Bybios born in 64AD.  His most famous work is his Greek translation of Sanchuniathon's book on Phoenician History written around 1,000BC. Chapter four of his book is about the Israelites. This chapter's information is credited to "Jerubbaal, the Priest of YHWH (יהוה).  (Coincidently Jerubbaall is Gideon's Hebrew name recorded in Judges 7:1.) Philo's Greek translation of YHWH (יהוה) is IEUOA. The "I" is pronounced in the Greek language as a "Y" in English, giving us YEUOA, very close to YAHUAH.

As a fifth witness we have the writings of Yefet ben Eli (Yefet son of Eli), a famous Jewish  Karaite scholar who translated the Hebrew scriptures into Arabic around  960AD. Here we find the Creator's name written to be pronounced YAHUAH over 6,800 times.

Abundant evidence is also found in other languages and cultures throughout history. 

A brief Egyptian hieroglyph inscription, dated around 1400 BC that has been found at the Sudan town of Soleb, may be the oldest archaeological occurrence of YAHUAH’s sacred name. Professor Gerard Gertoux, from the Association 

Biblique de Recherche d’Anciens Manuscrits in 

France, who translated the inscription said, “The 

text is easy to decipher—it sounds “ta’ sha’suw 

yehua’w”, which means in English, “land of the 

bedouins those of Yehua.” So Gertoux concludes that the God of the Bedouin’s name in Soleb, is most likely vocalized as YEHUA.

Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III (840BC) the two meter obelisk was found in the Palace at Nimrud located on the Tigris River southeast of Mosul in the north of modern day Iraq. The obelisk shows five kings bringing tribute and  laying prostrate before the Assyrian king. One of the kings is Jehu, the king of Israel. He is identified by an inscription of his name rendered in the ancient Arcadian language as "Ya-u-a". 

The Elephantine Papyri (607BC)

comes from a Jewish community at Elephantine, an ancient northern  Egyptian border fortresses. In these Jewish documents the name is consistently recorded as YAHU (יהו) in the Aramaic language. 

Murashu Documents (440BC) represent 900 tablets that were discovered in 1893 in Nippur Babylonia by John Henry Hayes. The sacred name is found in over 730 of these Aramaic tablets  the sacred name is embedded within the Jewish names listed. Again, the spelling is consistently written as YAHU (יהו) in Aramaic. 

Clement of Alexandria (200AD) was a christian theologian who taught at the Catechetical School of Alexandria in Egypt around 200AD.  The only surviving manuscript of Clements where he spells out the Creator's name in Greek is in Codex Eldar where he spells the sacred name IAOU, pronounced in Greek as YAHU.   

Severus of Antioch, Turkey is one of the founders of the Syriac orthodox church (500AD). He wrote a commentary on the gospel of John where he uses the Greek letters IOA (Iota/Omega/Alpha) to identify the Creator. It is noteworthy that this same spelling is also found in some older Septiguent manuscripts.  

*Akkadian cuneiform tablets dated about 2,500 BC are among the oldest surviving records that include Hebrew names.  These tablets include property deeds and financial transaction documents that contain many Hebrew theophoric  names. In all cases where the theophoric names begin with YHW, they are vowel pointed (vowel points in 2500BC?) to read Yahu, never once as Yeho as we see today. The theophoric names ending in YHW are also vowel pointed to read Yahu as is still done today.

Isaiah 42:8 

"I am YAHUAH, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.

Zechariah 14:9 

And YAHUAH will be king over all the earth; in that day YAHUAH will be the only one, and His name the only one.

Revelation 14:1 

Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.