Sunday, January 1, 2017

Does Jehovah Mean "God is Mischief"?

Some have tried to make it appear that the word "Jehovah" means "God is Mischief," or "God of Ruin," or something similar. The way they do this is by my separating the English word into two words "Je" and "hovah", and claim that "Je" means God and "Hovah" means mischief. Evidently, it is being imagined and assumed that "JE" is a transliteration of Strong's #3050, often transliterated into English as Yah or Jah, and the they imagine and assume that HOVAH is from Strong's #1943, which is rendered as "mischief" in some translations. Strong's #3050, however does not mean "God", but rather it is a short form of Strong's #3068, that is, it is a short form of the Hebrew form of the Holy Name.

The form of argument represented above is actually false association designed to give a desired conclusion, which is often also a false conclusion since it is based on a false association.

The problem is that Jehovah is not derived from those two words, but rather is an English transliteration from the verb provided in the Masoretic Hebrew text, which Strong gives the number of #3068. The root of this verb is Strongs #1961, the infinitive, "to be". The Hebrew form for "Jehovah" is actually the third person masculine singular form of that verb, meaning "He is" or "He becomes" or "He will be", etc. As expressed in Exodus 3:14 in the first person form, it is "I am", "I become", or "I will be", etc. The full expression in Exodus 3:14 is "I am who I am", or "I will be who I will be", etc. The name thus is referring to WHO God is, all that HE IS, all of His attributes, including his loyalty to fulfilling his promises.

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