In 2002, as I was studying my Bible, I came across some phrases in Psalm 68 that really got me thinking. Simply, I was awakened to the fact that even though Scripture repeatedly tells us to, “Praise the name of God”, the only example provided throughout the Old Testament regarding the “Name that is to be praised”, was the phrase, “The LORD”. The New Covenant uses that phrase as well, which also got me thinking, because in the New Covenant we find the introduction of the name Jesus, as well as the phrases, “Lord”, “Redeemer” and “Master”. If you take a moment to read my “about the author” page, you will see that items of contradiction, disagreement or overlay, like we see here, really catch my attention, and once attracted in this way, I am compelled to research the matter until I find some sort of resolution; some sort of consistency. In this case, I became obsessed with knowing if “The LORD” was really the phrase or “Name” that our Heavenly Father wanted us to praise and exalt.
Over the course of the following twelve year quest, I learned that once the tribes of Yehudah (Judah) and Benyahmin (Benjamin) were carried off into the Babylonian captivity (All the other tribes were already gone; absorbed into Assyria), the Babylonians and gentile nations of that kingdom began to blaspheme the Exalted Name.
In order to maintain the integrity of the Exalted Name, and in order to stop the blaspheme, the Hebrew priests, rabbi’s and teachers systematically removed all mention of the Exalted Name from the Hebrew Scriptures. Not only did they replace the Exalted Name with either the tetragrammaton (YHWH), which we frequently see, or with the phrase, “The LORD”. They also eliminated all use of the abbreviated format of His name, either YAH or YEH, which was connected with other words or phrases in the makeup of many of the personal names of the children of Israel.
Unfortunately, by eliminating the use of the Exalted Name from the old Hebrew writings, the Bible’s that were ultimately translated from those writings also eliminated the fullness of the Exalted Name, and like the edited Hebrew writings, the inserted phrases, “God” and “The Lord” were inserted instead.
The Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible, © 1980 by Thomas Nelson Publishers, in speaking about YHWH, says that this is,
“The incommunicable name of the God of Israel. In the Common Version of the English Bible it is generally, though improperly, translated by ‘the Lord’.”
Do you see that?
This concordance actually says that what we read, “In the Common Version of the English Bible”; what we are actually reading, is something that is “Generally, though improperly, translated as ‘the Lord'”!
The first question that came to my mind upon reading that statement was, “If you know that the phrase is generally, though improperly, translated by ‘the Lord’, why is it not corrected?” And more significantly, “If ‘the Lord’ is not His Name, and if ‘the Lord’, is not the proper presentation of the Name we are to be praising and exalting, then what is the proper presentation of His Name?” Furthermore, I was also forced to ask, “What is this ‘incommunicable’ thing?” If our Father in heaven repeatedly tells us to sing unto His Name, and to praise His name, how can that Name be “Incommunicable”?
My research ultimately took me to a book written in 1857 by Mr. Charles William Wall. The book is entitled, “Proofs of the Interpolation of the Vowel-Letters in the Text of the Hebrew Bible and Grounds Thence Derived for a Revision of Its Authorized”, Volume 20; v.925; General Books publication date: 2009 (A serious title for a serious topic)! In his book, Mr. Wall reveals the truth of the Exalted Name in a very profound manner.
First off, I want to tell you that Mr. Wall’s understanding and comprehension of Hebrew is fascinating and beyond reproach. Without pomp or bravado, Mr. Wall minutely details his proof regarding the Vowel-Letters in the Text of the Hebrew Bible, and how those Vowel-Letters dictate the proper spelling and pronunciation of the Exalted Name. This 410 page book does considerably more than reveal proof of the Exalted Name, no matter how great a service that one task might be, because the entire book is dedicated to proving why a revision of the authorized version (of the Bible) is needed. Mr. Wall does a remarkable job, and for me, and for this work that I now undertake in providing The Exalted Name Bible™, I owe Mr. Charles William Wall a great deal of thanks.
With that said, here are a few excerpts from Mr. Wall’s explanation of the matter, along with my notes and conclusions, which should put your hearts at ease as you read The Exalted Name Bible™. Mr. Wall said,
“As the pointed text has now been shown to yield a just representation of the sound of the four-lettered name (YHWH)…it may appear, at first view, unaccountable that the Jewish priesthood, considering the strong prejudices they felt on the subject, should have ever permitted the Hebrew Bible, with its vocalization thus improved, to get into Christian hands. But the fact is that, however eagerly they may have desired to prevent this event – and the expectation that they would be able to do so was probably one of the natural means by which they were induced to suffer the vowels belonging to the proper sound of the group in question to be applied to it in any site, – it became eventually quite beyond their reach to secure this object of their ardent wishes.”
Simply put, no matter how hard the Jewish priesthood tried, they simply could not stop the Christian scholars from discovering the proper vocalization of The Exalted Name. No matter how hard they tried, the educated Christian scholars of their day simply could not be denied the knowledge needed to present and speak The Exalted Name.
Mr. Wall advances his discussion on this matter, thus,
“What rendered them (the Jews) completely independent of either priestly or rabbinical instruction was the printing of the pointed Hebrew text near the end of the fifteenth century; and they have (the Christians), in fact, so advanced since that period in the critical analysis of Hebrew, that, by means of close attention to the grammatical structure of the sacred text, and more especially through the light thrown upon its sense by the inspired writers of the New Testament, they have arrived at a far superior knowledge of it to that possessed by the very priests of the Jews.”
He further goes on to say,
“The whole Hebrew Bible was first printed with points at Soncino, in the year 1488; – and twenty-eight years after, came out the Arcana Catholice Veritatis…(where)…in the tenth chapter of the second book of which the true pronunciation of the four-lettered name is given; nor, from the manner in which the subject is there discussed, does the proper sound of this word appear to have been then for the first time announced.”
Mr. Wall concludes his discussion of these writings by saying,
“The edition of this work to which I have had access is dated in the year 1603; and the right pronunciation of the name in question is therein printed lehoua, which would, in the modern form of it, be exhibited Jehova; which again, by substituting equivalents for the two letters whose original powers have since been changed, would come out Yehowa, differing from YEHOWAH, the exact transcript of HIiT, only by the omission of an unsounded H at its end. This restoration, however, of the true sound of the examined name was for a considerable length of time admitted to be correct only by individuals: The first Bible into which it was introduced is, I believe, that of Matthews, published in the year 1537, whence it spread through all the authorized English versions which after that date successively came out; so that it is wanting in only the first of them, namely, Coverdale’s Bible. Thus the English Church appears entitled to the credit of being the first Christian community which has given its sanction to this important correction.”
With that said, let it now be known that the fullness of the Old Covenant Exalted Name is:
YEHOWAH (YEH -hO- WAH)
And it is THAT NAME that you will find throughout The Exalted Name Bible™, wherever applicable.
Furthermore, wherever the abbreviated form of His Name was altered, which customarily is found in use with another Hebrew word, thereby forming a name or an expression, the correct abbreviated presentation of His Name, YAH, or YEH, will now be found. Some examples of these altered names are: Joel, Elijah, Judah and Benjamin (there are many, many more).
Of equal interest is the fact that His Name is hidden in the New Covenant also, in words like, Hallelujah… The Exalted Name Bible™, eliminates all of those misinterpretations, which makes The Word absolutely POP with life!
Now, as for the pronunciation of His Exalted Name, I want to offer a few examples of names provided within Scripture, which should help us all in vocalizing His name properly. For instance, whenever we see a name ending in “iah”, such as in Jeremiah, the correct presentation of that name would best read like, Jeremiyah. The YAH sound is only slightly different than the “iah” sound. And it is THAT YAH sound, as in “Jeremiyah” that we are looking for. Whenever we see a name beginning with ‘ju’ of ‘ja’ for instance, as in Judah, or the ‘ju’ or ‘ja’ is found in the middle of a name, as in Benjamin, The Exalted Name abbreviation would be, YEH, thereby generating the names: Yehudah and Benyehmin…
The name we interpret as JOEL, by the way, should actually read something like: YEHEL, and the name means, “YEHOWAH is EL”.
The name we interpret as ELIJAH, should actually read something like: ELIYAH, which means, “EL is YEHOWAH”.
The name we know as BENJAMIN, should read something like: BENYEHMIN, which means, “Son of YEHOWAH’S right hand”
And the name we read as JUDAH, should read something like: YEHUDAH, and it means “YEHOWAH be praised”
HALLELUYAH, by the way, is a New Testament word, and this Greek word is directly linked to Praise of YAH. Halleluyah, means “PRAISE YEHOWAH”!
Now I am saying that these names read “Something like” what I have shown, because I am not trying to “Hebrew-ize” Scripture. The prophet Haggai’s name for instance, from the Hebrew, would read something like, “Chaggay” in English, but nothing is really gained by making that change, except to make Scripture more difficult to read, comprehend and remember. Similarly, names like Zephaniah should look more like, “Tsephanyah” or “Tsephanyahu”, but since the primary correction – for our purpose – occurs in the ending of this particular name, in the area of the ‘iah’, I am only making the correction at that point, and presenting you with a somewhat easy to pronounce and remember: Zephaniyah, which means, “YEHOWAH has treasured”.
With those examples provided, I am hoping that you will be comfortable in vocalizing the Exalted Name. Once again though, perhaps with a different explanation, the Name is divided into three syllables: YEH -hO- WAH.
Praise be unto His Most Exalted Name: YEHOWAH!
Under the Tab entitled, “Books of the New Covenant”, I explain the full Exalted Name of the Messiah – YEHOSHUA – which means, “YEHOWAH’S DELIVERER”. What must be understood here though, as we discuss the Exalted Name, and how that Name was systematically eliminated from the ancient Hebrew writings, is the fact that we must also recognize that those same names and phrases were changed going into the New Covenant era as well. The phrase, ‘Lord God, Almighty’, for instance, as used frequently within the Book of Revelation, is a clear carryover and transliteration. Whether that transliteration is an intentional attempt to obscure the fullness of the Exalted Name or not, we/I do not know. The fact of the matter today, however, is that the fullness of His Name is known, and we will use the fullness of His Name throughout these writings.
The treasures found within Scripture through the use of the Exalted Name are profound, and they reverberate throughout thousands of passages within both the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. From here on out, every time you see “yeh”, “yah” or “el” within a word, you will know that there is a greater meaning than just the name of some person, place or thing. A concordance with ALL of the names used within Scripture is provided with The Exalted Name Bible™, and like the examples I have just provided, you will now have opportunity to quickly see and learn precisely what every name means.
Mr. Wall, in the title of his book, and in reference to the Common Version of the Bible, was very correct in saying that his proof is grounds for a “Revision of Its Authorized”. I wholeheartedly believe that The Exalted Name Bible™, is that revision of Its Authorized”. Our most sincere prayer is that you will come to KNOW and believe that as well!