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Can We Call God Jehovah

If we speak to our father & call him "Jehovah" since in my KJV it is used in the OT, is this o.k.? I so far haven't had a problem in over 2yrs nor does my pastor think it's wrong.

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"Whosoever shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be delivered."
Joel 2:32 ASV
---scott on 4/25/11


The old testament says a great number of times that people called on the name of the LORD, which is also Jehovah in the KJV . Most scholars today say there was a misprint or something of that nature which changed YWH to YHOVA and Jehovah is not the correct word to be used. The idea you cannot use His name may have originated with the Jews, who considered His name so holy you could not speak it. But that is taught nowhere in Scripture.
---willa5568 on 4/18/11


Yhwh is Yeshuah: Jesus is God: "Know you all that Yhwh, he God, none else. Who will give Yeshuah up to Israel out of Zion: when Yhwh turns the captivity of his people, Iaakob will rejoice, Israel will be glad. He will call on me, and I will answer him: I with him in distress, I will rescue him and honor him. Length of days will I satisfy him, and will make him see my Yeshuah. Note, God my Yeshuah, I will trust and not fear: for Yh Yhwh, my strength and song, he also is become my salvation. Note, Yhwh has proclaimed to the ends of the earth, Say to the daughter of Zion, Note, your Yeshuah comes: note, his reward with him, and his recompense forward by him."
---Eloy on 4/13/11


Jess- there are numerous ancient manuscripts which contain the Divine Name- 'YHWH' (Yahweh or Jehovah).

Fragments of a Septuagint (LXX) known as the 'Papyrus Fouad Inv.266' reportedly understood to be the most oldest of all LXX fragments, dating back to the 1st Century, contains God's name as seen in the Hebrew Tetragrammaton- YHWH, some 49 times alone in Deuteronomy. This fragment is in the Cairo Museum, Egypt.

Also, LXX-Vestus Testamentum- (end of the 1st Century), LXX-The Oxyrhynchus Papyri (3rd Century) and The Aleppo Codex (10th Century) are but many other fragments which contain the Hebrew Tetragrammaton- YHWH, Yahweh or Jehovah.

The King James of 1611 contains 'Jehovah' in 4 places- Ex.6:3, Ps.83:18, Is.12:2 and 26:4.
---David8318 on 4/13/11


I was wodering if you knew where someone could get an older manuscript,( not a Jehovah's witness bible) that use the name Jehovah.
---Jess on 4/12/11




Greetings fellow Christians,
I read from the King James Bible and I am curious why and how God's name was translated Jehovah. Did he not say to Moses, I am who I am in Exodus?
---maudie on 11/26/10


Jesus' prayer to his Father,in reference to his disciples,John17:20-26:"I make request... that they may all be one,just as you,Father,are in union w/me and I in union with you,that they also may be in union w/us...THAT THEY MAY BE ONE JUST AS WE ARE ONE...I HAVE MADE YOUR NAME KNOWN to them and will make it known, in order that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in union w/ them"
---Andrea on 11/26/07


so we are to presume that jehovah or YHWH or whatever you use is the Fathers name only? there was no understanding of a trinity when that name was used. God's name now is a redemptive name "jehovah has become our salvation" or Jesus for short. the name of God refers to all of God. what do you guys think the Holy Spirit's name is? my Bible says there is one God and His name is one. zac 14:9
---Kraus on 11/19/07


I call him dad,but if someone were to ask me "who is your father?" I would'nt say "dad", I'd say "John Doe".
---Andrea on 11/17/07


andrea:

While, in the Old Testament, the Jews were under covanent with God (and thus addressed him by name), in the New Testament, Christians have a relatinship with God, and are entitled to address him by that relationship.

Do you call your own father "Mr. Smith" (or similar), or do you call him "Dad"?
---StrongAxe on 11/14/07




Again,we can find a million excuses not to use God's name but that does'nt erase the fact that throughout the Bible we are told to "call on His name""glorify His name"etc etc etc!The fact that Jesus or Jerimiah or any other name for that matter is not the actual correct pronunciation does'nt prevent us from using them.So why have people tried so hard to make us forget God's name? Because He foretold that they would.Jeremiah 23:27
---Andrea on 11/13/07


I think I AM knows who you're talking to.

Don't worry about it! :)
---Nancy on 11/12/07


Father,Lord, are NOT names.They are titles!God's name in English is Jehovah. That's a fact.Psalms 83:18 That name in Hebrew is in the ancient manuscripts over 7000 times.Jeremiah 23:26-27Godsaid"prophets...who think to make my people forget my name..."[RSV]The name Jehovah is in the Greek scriptures over 1000 times!Jesus valued God's name![Matthew 6:9-10+John 17:26]as he taught us to.People have a million excuses to deny Jehovah's name.Will you follow their example or Christ's?
---andrea on 11/12/07


God has many names. Jehovah is one of them.He is our Jehovah-jireh(provider)I personally like Daddy,Heavenly Father, Precious Father, Master etc....
---Robyn on 11/5/07


Here are just a few of the scriptures that refer to the use of Gods'name.Jeremiah23:27,Joel 2:32,Isaiah 12:4,Malachi3:16,Exodus9:16,Proverbs18:10,Matthew6:9,John 12:28,John 17:26,Acts 15:14.
---Andrea on 11/3/07


God has many names or titles in the Bible. Many people address their own parents by their first names, if you do this and still respect your parents, then you can probably call God by whatever name you like.

Personally, God is my Father in Heaven and prefer to address Him as such, and not use anything that might constitute a first name.
---lorra8574 on 6/3/07


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We are to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus with the help of the Holy Spirit. Jehovah is not in Scripture. We are to call God Father and His Son Jesus.
---Helen_5378 on 6/3/07


One of the names of God is Jehovah; Jehovah Jirah our provider
---Katherine on 6/2/07


God is My "Jehovah Jireh", my provider, My "Jehovah Shalom", my Peace and other titles. God has many names. Jehovah is one of them among many. I mostly call Him "Father" and sometimes "Daddy". Your choice and what you feel comfortable with.
---Robyn on 6/2/07


Jesus taught us to address Him as "Our Father."
---Jerry on 6/2/07


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Oh how happy our God is when we address Him however He is named in Scripture. Jehovah can be used interchangeably with Yahweh for historical reasons within the Hebrew faith. Yes, Jehovah is a wonderful name! So glad you asked Candice.
---Elsie on 6/1/07


usually, we would never call the queen by her name Elizabeth...we say your highness..we call our parents, mum and dad, and not by their name...wee do this as a mark of respect..I always refer to God as God and use the name Adonai, Jehovah etc where appropriate and respectfully..Jehovah's Witnesses (no disrespect guys) call themselves as such and I feel it is using God's name in vain ...
---jana on 8/17/06


Eloy, I never said God's name is Hosana (in fact, it never occurred to me that it even MAY be because I don't use it myself), what I said is I've heard Hosana used to refer to Him in every church I've ever been to. If you're going to correct me (which is fine. we all learn every day) be sure you understand what I've said first.
---Heather on 10/10/05


Gentiles originated Jehovah, placing vowels in Echad's/God's name, Jews felt unworthy to do this even now, hence YWH, Then YaWeH, then Jehovah.

Apples and apples, unless you're Jewish, who write God as G_d even today.

Jewish writers changed pens before/after writing God's Name if I'm right. Meticulous, Meticulous!

There's seven definitive Names of God's character, seven definitive Feast's pointing to Christ, His 1st & 2nd advents, & earthly rule. Lev.24:1-4 refers to eternity.
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 9/29/05


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Barb and Elsie, it's my pleasure, yes, isn't he the best? and when i talk to him i also call him Papa.
---Eloy on 8/30/05


Thank you Eloy for your educated answers.
In formal prayer, I often call God by a more 'formal' name. But HE'S usually Father or Daddy to me when we're just talking. Also I like 'Papa.'
---NVBarbara on 8/30/05


Heather, "Hosanna" is not God's name. Hosanna means, "Save now" or "Save we pray", and was shouted to Jesus went he entered Jerusalem. It comes from Psalm 118:25. Jesus' name (Yeshua in Hebrew) means Salvation, as also does Joshua, Hosea, and Hoshea.
---Eloy on 8/30/05


Eloy, thanks for a super explanation of the historical use of the word Jehovah and Jahweh (YHWH) for our great and mighty God, indeed, the great I AM!
---Elsie on 8/29/05


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"Jehova" has been used to refer to God (as has "Hosana) in every church I've ever attended, so I have no reason to believe it's wrong. As you stated, God is called "Jehova" in the Bible.
---Heather on 8/29/05


Yes, you can call Our Heavenly Father, Jehovah. He has many names. He's pleased when we want to pray, fellowship and grow in our relationship with him. That's what Our Heavenly Father created us for...to have a close relationship with Him. I want to get so close to God that I can hear His voice with my heart and spirit. The few times that it has happened is awesome. I thirst for more words from my Heavenly Father. I can only imagine what Heaven will be like.
---EJ on 8/29/05


"Jehovah" was nonexistent in the original Hebrew scriptures, but later introduced in 1270 A.D. by Raymundus Martini, in his book Pugeo Fidei (Dagger of Faith). YHWH is the name of God, and in public the word for Lord (Adonai) or God (Elohim, plural of Eloah) was used to prevent taking God's name in vain. Martini substituted YHWH with JHVH (possibly deriving this from the common latin term Jove), he then inserted the vowel points of Adonai or Elohim to contrive the first use of the term Jehovah.
---Eloy on 8/29/05


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