In 2002, as I was studying my Bible, I came across a phrase 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 a matter until I find some sort of resolution; some sort of explanation and consistency. In the case of Psalm 68, 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 Benyehmin (Benjamin) were carried off into the Babylonian captivity (All the other tribes were already gone; absorbed into Assyria), the Babylonians and gentile nations of Babylon 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 Scripture. 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, “YEH”, which is connected with thousands of other words or phrases throughout the whole of Scripture.
(And please note, there is a huge difference between “Blaspheming His Name”, and the Third Commandment which says, “You shall not take the Name of YEHOWAH your Elohim in vain”… Taking His Name in vain at its very root, says that we are NOT TO NOT MENTION HIS NAME! Taking His Name in vain happens when we DO NOT USE HIS NAME! Blaspheming His Name, however, is when His Name is used improperly; used disrespectfully; used derogatorily. There is a huge difference between taking His Name in vain, and misusing His Exalted Name, and we have not learned these things, because His Name has truly been taken in vain for CENTURIES)!
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 used instead. Want some proof? Here, listen to this:
The Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible, © 1980, by Thomas Nelson Publishers, IN SPEAKING ABOUT, YHWH, says,
“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 admits 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?”
More significantly I had to ask, “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”? Well it was incommunicable only because the children of Israel; the Hebrew Priests, Rabbi’s, and teachers FORGOT THE VOWELS (and Vowel Points) needed to make His Name FULL. They forgot how to pronounce His Name, because they had literally, “Taken His Name in Vain”! Please think about that!
Ultimately, my research 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, wouldn’t you say?)
Nonetheless, 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 in my opinion, 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. Mr. Wall’s 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 setting-up his findings, rooting his readers to the very base of Hebrew, consuming 140 pages of explanation, before even daring a discussion on the misuse of the phrase, “The Lord”. Then, between pages 141 and 152, Mr. Wall clearly presents the findings needed to once again PRONOUNCE and GLORIFY The Exalted Name of The ELOHIM (The GOD) of Israel… From pages 153 thru 410, Mr. Wall not only proves his findings, but adds vital information regarding the intentional misuse of words throughout the whole of Scripture. For us, and for this work that I now complete in providing The Exalted Name Bible™, I believe we all owe Mr. Charles William Wall a great 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 further ease your hearts 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.”
So, no matter how hard the Jewish priesthood tried, they 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 that (and our) day would 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 later adds that,
“The whole Hebrew Bible was first printed with(vowel) 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) or (YEH – O – WA)
And it is THAT NAME that you will find, wherever applicable, throughout The Exalted Name Bible™.
Furthermore, wherever the abbreviated form of His Name was altered, which customarily is found in use with another Hebrew word, name or or expression, the correct abbreviated presentation of His Name, YEH, will now be found. Some examples of these altered names are: Joel, Elijah, Judah and Benjamin (there are many thousands more, as you will see).
Of equal interest is the fact that His Name is hidden in the New Covenant as well, in words like, Hallelujah… The Exalted Name Bible™ eliminates every misinterpretation, literally making The Word fully come alive in your heart!
Now, as for the pronunciation of these abbreviations of His Exalted Name, I want to offer a few examples 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, Jeremiyeh. The YEH sound is only slightly different than the “iah” sound. And it is that YEH sound, as in “Jeremiyeh” that we are looking for. Whenever we see a name beginning with ‘ju’ or possessing a ‘ja’ for instance, as in Judah, or as in Benjamin, The Exalted Name abbreviation, YEH, will be used, thereby generating the names: Yehudah and Benyehmin…
- The name currently interpreted as JOEL, should actually read, YEHEL, and his Name means, “YEHOWAH is EL“. “EL” means, “GOD”, therefore, YEHOWAH IS GOD!
- The name we interpret as ELIJAH, should actually read as, ELIYEH, which means, “EL is YEHOWAH”, therefore, GOD IS YEHOWAH!
- The name we know as BENJAMIN, should read as, BENYEHMIN, which means, “Son of YEHOWAH’S right hand”
- And the name we read as JUDAH, should read as, YEHUDAH, and it means, “YEHOWAH be praised”
HALLELUYEH, by the way, is a New Testament word, and this Greek word is directly linked to YEH, because Halleluyeh, means “PRAISE YEHOWAH”!
Now, I am saying that these names “Read as” above, 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 what is gained by making that change, except to increase the difficulty of comprehending and remembering Scripture. 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, I am only making the correction at the “iah” point. Therefore, such name changes are presented in the easy to pronounce and memorable format: Zephaniyeh.
- Zephaniyeh, by the way, means, “YEHOWAH has treasured”.
With those examples provided, I am hoping 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 use that fullness of His Name – very reverently – 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 and the New Covenants. From here on out, every time you see “yeh” or “el” within a word, you will know that there is a greater meaning than just the name of a 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 (practically 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!