Day 12: YAHWEH

BrownCrossPraying the Names of God

YAHWEH comes from the Hebrew letters (YHW) used for the name of God. In the Middle Ages the word was written by Germans as Jehovah. 

If you will notice in your Bible, beginning in Genesis 2:4, the LORD God made the heavens and the earth. The word LORD is written in all caps. This is the translation for YHWH.

We find in Exodus 6:2-3 (after the burning bush) God said to Moses, (from the Amplified Bible)

“I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Almighty [El Shaddai], but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them.

In Exodus 3 Moses asked God what he should say when the people asked for the name of the god who sent Moses. This was His response:


This name for God, Yahweh, suddenly became important to me when I read this quote from Rabbi Kushner:

“The letters of the name of God in Hebrew… are infrequently pronounced Yahweh. But in truth they are inutterable….

This word {YHWH} is the sound of breathing.

The holiest name in the world, the Name of Creator, is the sound of your own breathing. That these letters are unpronounceable is no accident. Just as it is no accident that they are also the root letters of the Hebrew verb ‘to be’…

God’s name is the name of Existence itself.

~Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

as quoted by Ann Voskamp, “How to Breathe through the Hard Times”











 I am thankful for YHWH, the I AM who has always been in existence and always will be.


I’m writing every day in October about prayer, specifically prayers that honor and give glory to God. Click here to begin with Day 1You can click on the cards above to print them, or click here to get the documents containing all the cards in this series.


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