The Bible & The Divine Name

All bibles in the Hebrew language contain the Divine name in the form af the Tetagrammaton (יְהֹוָה appears 6,518 times in the traditional Masoretic Text) however, the Jews do not pronouce this name when reading the Bible. Instead they replace it with a euphamism such as God or Lord.

English translators of the Hebrew Bible have gone one step further namely, they have replaced the Divine name (יְהֹוָה ) in the text with LORD or GOD (or Lord or God). This prevents the reader from being able to think about the divine name because it is never seen.

This can and does create confusion since the Greek Scriptures often use Lord when referring to Jesus.


The divine name appears nearly 7,000 times in original language versions of the Bible. Many translations contain the divine name and collectively they are sometimes called 'Sacred Name Bibles'.

It is interesting to note that the name Jehovah (or Yahweh) appears in the following:

    1. American Standard Version: 5821
    2. Young's Literal Translation: 5787
    3. J.P.Green Literal Translation: 5804
    4. New World Translation
    5. Darby's Translation: 5791
    6. Divine Name King James Bible 6972
    7. The Book of Yahweh
    8. Restoration of Original Sacred Name Bible
    9. English Revised Version: 15
    10. George Lamsa Translation of the Peshetta: 2
    11. King James Version: 5
    12. The Webster Bible: 14
    13. Restoration Study Bible
    14. American Standard Version
    15. Rotherham's Authorized Bible
    16. Bible In Basic English
    17. Amplified Bible
    18. New English Bible
    19. Jerusalem Bible
    20. Living Bible
    21. New Jerusalem Bible
    22. New Living Translation
    23. World English Bible
    24. Sacred Scriptures Bethel Edition
    25. Holman Christian Standard Bible
    26. The Complete Bible: An American Translation
    27. Beck's American Translation

A list of English Language Translations