The Exalted Name
In 2002, as I was studying Scripture, a very frequent phrase, used again in Psalm 68, caught my attention. Therein I read that we are to, “Praise the name of God.” Scripture often tells us to, “Praise the Name of God”.
According to our Bibles, though, by that point in history, the Name of God had not been revealed. It’s true! Psalm 68 directs us to, “Praise the name of God”, but according to our Bible, God had never revealed to us the Name that is to be Praised!
“The LORD”, is the only phrase provided throughout the Old Testament, regarding any “name” that was to be praised. Thru Psalm 68, therefore, I became obsessed with knowing if “The LORD” was fully the phrase to be praised. Was “The LORD”, really “The Name” that our Heavenly Father wanted us to, “Exalt”? And if the phrase was not “The Name” to be praised, then What Was The Exalted Name?
In the “About the Author” page, I reveal that vagueness, contradictions or disagreements, like we see here, impact me. And, as He knows of me, once impacted this way, I am compelled to research the matter. Until I find resolution; until I find some sort of explanation and consistency, I dig. That’s just who I am!
In the course of the next twelve years, I learned that when the tribes of Judah and Benjamin were taken into Babylonian captivity, the Gentile nations of Babylon continually blasphemed the Exalted Name. (The other tribes, remember, were already gone; absorbed into Assyria).
To maintain the GLORY of the Exalted Name, and to stop the blaspheme, the Hebrew priests, rabbi’s and teachers systematically removed all mention of the Exalted Name from the Hebrew Scripture. They replaced the Exalted Name with the tetragrammaton (YHWH), or with the phrase, “The LORD”. They also eliminated all use of the abbreviated form of His Name, “YEH”, which is connected with thousands of other words, names or phrases throughout the whole of Scripture.
Taking His Name in Vain -vs- Blaspheming His Name
There is a vast 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, means that we are NOT TO NOT MENTION HIS NAME! We are Not to Not speak His Name in praise, worship or prayer.
Taking His Name in vain then, occurs when we DO NOT USE HIS NAME in Praise and/or worship!
Blaspheming His Name, however, is when His Name is used improperly; used disrespectfully; used derogatorily.
There is a difference, therefore, between using His Name properly and reverently in praise and worship, and misusing His Exalted Name. Sadly, we have not learned these things, because His Name has truly been taken in vain through non-use, 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. Therefore, just like the edited Hebrew writings, the inserted phrases, “God” and “The Lord” were used instead of His Exalted Name.
Want some proof? Listen to this:
The Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible, © 1980, by Thomas Nelson Publishers, IN SPEAKING ABOUT THE TETRAGRAMMATRON – 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 in His Word, The Holy Spirit repeatedly tells us to sing unto “His Name”, and to praise “His Name”, how can that Name be “Incommunicable”? Well, how can it be so?
As it turns out, The Exalted Name 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 and pronounceable again.
Seriously, brethren, they forgot how to pronounce His Name, because they had literally, “Taken His Name in Vain” by not using it for so long! And this violation of the 3rd Commandment has lasted for CENTURIES…
Think about that!
Ultimately, 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).
Whew, 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 and reverent manner.
Some very profound thinking
My first discovery was that Mr. Wall’s understanding and comprehension of Hebrew is fascinating. Personally, I believe his knowledge is 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 more than reveal proof of The Exalted Name. No matter how great a service that one task might be, 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. He digs deep, rooting his readers to the very base of Hebrew. And, he consumes 140 pages of explanation, before even daring to discuss 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 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 this work that I now complete in providing The Exalted Name Bible™, I owe Mr. Charles William Wall a great thanks!
Explanations, Revelations and Reasonings
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.”
In other words, 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.”
The Exalted Name
With that said, let it now be known that the fullness of the Old Covenant Exalted Name is:
(YEH -HO- WAH) or (YEH – O – WAH)
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 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 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 those omissions, literally bringing The Word to life, right before your eyes – and in your heart!
Pronouncing the abbreviated form of His Name is easy too. Whenever you have seen a name ending in “iah”, like Jeremiah, you will now see “yeh”, Jeremiyeh. The YEH sound is only slightly different than the “iah” sound.
Similarly, whenever you 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 rightly be used, thereby generating names: Yehudah and Benyehmin…
Some Important Names – Pointing to YEHOWAH:
- 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!
Do you see the message here? Do you see what we have been missing for centuries?Yehel = YEHOWAH is EL… And Eliyeh = EL is YEHOWAH…
The beauty and glory of the Inspired Word once again erupts from the pages of Scripture, and His Word comes alive right before our eyes.
How marvelous this discovery!
Other Examples, because there is more:
- 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”!
Not making this difficult
We are NOT trying to “Hebrewize” Scripture. The prophet Haggai’s Hebrew name is “Chaggay” in English. Nothing is gained, however, by making that change?
Making Scripture more difficult to read or remember is not our goal. Changing names like Zephaniah to Tsephanyeh serve no real purpose. This is especially true when the primary emphasis of Zephaniah’s name, for our purpose, occurs at its end. The correction to Zephaniah’s name, and other similar names, therefore, is made only at that “iah” point.
- Zephaniyeh, by the way, means, “YEHOWAH has treasured”.
With those examples provided, I am hoping you will be comfortable in vocalizing The Exalted Name. Divided into three syllables, His Exalted Name is: YEH -HO- WAH.
Praise be unto His Most Exalted Name: YEHOWAH!
How about His Messiah; His Mashiach?
Under the Tab, “Books of the New Covenant”, I explain the full Exalted Name of the Messiah – YEHOSHUA. His Name means, “YEHOWAH’S DELIVERER”.
The Exalted Name, eliminated from the ancient texts, remained unchanged going into the New Covenant era. The Book of Revelation, for instance, is laden with the phrase, ‘Lord God, Almighty’. Why? Because even the Apostles and Disciples were forced to continue using the familiar language of the day. The carryover actually continues today.
Excluding the Exalted Name from further usage today, however, is not necessary. Whether the Exalted Name was intentionally obscured, or not, is irrelevant, because we now know the fullness of His Name, and we now know that the 3rd Commandment actually speaks against our NOT USING HIS NAME IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP. The fullness of His Name is alive today in the ENB™, where you will find that FULLNESS very reverently placed and spoken.
The treasures found within Scripture through the use of the Exalted Name are profound. Furthermore, they reverberate throughout thousands of passages within both the Old and the New Covenants. From here on, whenever you see “yeh” or “el” within a word, you will know that a greater meaning than just a name, place or thing is intended.
A concordance of names, listing every name used within Scripture, is provided with The Exalted Name Bible™. Like the examples provided above, you now have the opportunity to know the meaning of (practically) every name within Scripture.
Revision of Its Authorized
In the title of his book, and in reference to the Common Version of the Bible, Mr. Wall correctly said that his proof is grounds for a “Revision of Its Authorized”. I wholeheartedly believe that The Exalted Name Bible™, may just be that “Revision of Its Authorized”. Our most sincere prayer is that you will come to KNOW and BELIEVE that as well…
With Sincere thanks!