WHAT IS THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME: YHWH
AND, WHAT IS HIS NAME WITH THE VOWELS?
Likewise, What about the name "Yah?"
This is an excerpt of what I said on someone else's post regarding the Name - YHWH. Here I have slightly edited it.
DISCLOSER: If people find that saying or uttering His sacred name is wrong, realize that I am a biblical only Jew, not a "rabbinical" Jew. I say this because everyone in the Tanach uttered His name in everyday conversation.
"....The original Hebrew was written in Paleo-Hebrew, without vowels. After our time in Babylonia and Persia we adopted the Aramaic font and thus, discarded the original Hebrew font. This can be easily put back and some are doing so (www.ancientJudaism.org is one group). Nonetheless, the manuscripts were still without vowels. The vowels came into play around 950 CE. Before this everything was merely based on memory of how words are spoken and written.
A child learns the spoken language long before he knows how to read and write.
Today in Israel, we still don't use vowels in much of our written documents or other things.
These three words, "אֶֽהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶֽהְיֶה ('ehyeh 'asher 'ehyeh)," are found in Exodus
3:14. These three words display the very meaning behind the holy name of
The root word to the name "יהוה" is "היה." You can see these three letters in
The yod (-י) in "יהוה" is a prefix to the word, "הָיָה (hayah)."
"הָיָה" = "be-eth" or "that is."
The (-א) in אֶֽהְיֶה (ehyeh) is also a prefix for "I" as in "I am going somewhere."
Therefore the word, אֶֽהְיֶה, means "I am," or "I be-eth."
The complete word for "I" in Hebrew is אֲנִי ('ani).
His name, יהוה, means "Who shall be" or "Who will be" or "He will be," but how do we get the "Who/He" and "shall/will" included in His name and not just the words "be-eth" or "am?"
As said above, the yod (-י) in "יהוה" is a prefix to the word, "הָיָה (hayah)." The yod (-י) can be a future tense indicater, or a even a past tense. In Exodus 4:1 we see this prefix two times:
יַאֲמִינוּ = ya'aminu (ya-a-me-nu) = "will - believe - they" in "And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me..."
The other place is found in these words, "וְלֹא יִשְׁמְעוּ בְּקֹלִי." These words are "and will not hear/listen unto my voice."
ולא ישמעו בקלי
So far we have "will" and "be-eth" or "am" in His name.
Now where does "Who" or He" come from?
Let's use the words, "create" and "redeem" in our examples, Okay.
The word "create" is בָּרָא (ba-rah) and the word, "redeem" is גָּאַל (ga-al)
Now, when we make these two words into "Creater" and "Redeemer," please pay attention to what goes on...
בָּרָא (bara') turns into בֹּורֵא (borei' [bo-ray]) and
גָּאַל (ga'al) turns into גֹּאֵל (go'eil [go-aal])
The word "be-eth" or "am" can be "is" as well. Therefore, an "o" must be added.
Therefore, His name (יהוה) means "Who shall be" or "Who will be" or "He will be," which would translate into YeHoWaH יְֽהוָ֗ה
Here is an excerpt I put on someone else's Facebook page....
To Charleen Esterhuizen: Point is... I am glad to see that people are not going by the traditions of men, "rabbinical" Judaism, which forbids the mentioning of His holy beautiful and eternal name.
(Added) Especially when the prophets and the people of the Tanach used His name in everyday conversation. Especially when verses of the Tanach say these sorts of things...
"...this is My name for ever, and this is My memorial unto all generations," Exodus 3:15.
"YHWH, the God of hosts, YHWH is His memorial name," Hosea 12:5
"And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by My name, YHWH liveth...," Jeremiah 12:5
Another reasons why I say His name as “Yehowah, and not some other way, is because of other educated reasons (and not just what is seen above).
Here are some:
Even though the Rabbis might have frowned, and still do, on someone saying The Name based on a bogus reading of “saying #3” of the famous “10 statements,” they will never stop people from saying His name. This is even true despite the fact that the rabbis long ago made it a capital offense to say His Holy Name.
Well, in ancient times the people of whatever land named their children after their patron or family’s god. Here are some examples:
The god Nebo = Nebuchadnezzar
The god Bel = Belteshazzar
The god Bel = Belshazzar
The god Marduk = ‘ewil Meridach
The god Sobek = Sobekhotep
The god Amun = Amenemhet or Tutankhamen
The god Thoth = Thutmose
The god Sin = Nasir-Sin or
Sennacherib (Sîn-ahhī-erība "Sîn has replaced (lost) brothers for me")
The god Shamash = Shamshi-Adad
The god Ashur = Ashur-nirari II
The god Baal = Baal-Eser II
= Ithobaal I
The goddess Astarte = Astarymus
The ancient Hebrews were no different….
Now even though Exodus 6:3 says, “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.”
This statement is 100% false. It is a false tradition. Why? Because the current “Torah” was written sometime after Ezra the priest. Plus, there are tons of “Torah” passages that prove this as well.
One of these passages that proves this, and proves this is verse is false is the very name of one of our patriarchs….
That name is “Joseph,” who lived 250 - 430 years before Moses.
Joseph is Yosef, but his longer name is Yehosef or Yehoseph (Psalm 81:6)…
So we see that Yehowah was used long before Moses.
Now let’s look at the names of the biblical characters to see how they mimicked the nations in naming their children after their God as well…
יְהֹואָשׁ Yehoash...............................................Joash (2 Kings 13:10)
יְהֹואָחָ Yeho’achaz.......................................Jehoahaz (2 Kings 13:10)
יְהוֹזָבָד Yehozavad ....................................Jehozabad (2 Kings 12:21)
יְהֹוחָנָן Yehochanan ....................................Jehohanan (1 Chron 26:3)
יְהֹויָדָע Yehoyada’ ........................................Jehoiada (2 Sam 8:18)
יְהֹויָכִין Yehoyakhin ....................................Jehoiachin (2 Kings 24:6)
יְהֹויָקִים Yehoyaqim ............................... ....Jehoiakim (2 Kings 24:6)
יְהוֹיָרִיב Yehoyariv ........................................Jehoiarib (1 Chron 9:10)
יְהֹושֻׁעַ Yehoshu'a..............Joshua/Jesus [LXX: Ἰησοῦς] (Exodus 24:13)
יְהוֹסֵף Yehoseph .............................................Joseph (Psalm 83:5)
and many others….
Point: notice the fourth letter, it is a “o.” Rabbinical Judaism might “hide” The Name, but they didn’t hide the personal names of people which contains Yehowah’s name.
Thus, His name was never lost.
Now what about "Yah?"
"Yah" is never used as someone's personal name. It is primarily used in the Psalms or songs, so it seems to be an abbreviated form YHWH. It is merely taking the first and the last letters of His name for musical reasons or poetical reasons, because Yah flows better when singing than Ye-ho-wah.
"Yah" is mentioned only in three books, Psalms, Exodus and Isaiah. It is mentioned twice in Exodus and one of those times is in the song found in Exodus 15, namely verse 2.
Isaiah himself uses the word twice in the book of Isaiah, while Hezekiah uses it once in chapter 38:11 while praying. However, Hezekiah uses YHWH in the same verse as well.