"Saying The Name"
The Divine Name is spelled יהוה in Hebrew ,
often approximated YHWH in English. But what vowels go in place here
? Some non-Hebrew speakers claim we don't know or that
history didn't preserve this info. But as I will show in a few
days, this topic has been written about exhaustively in writings that
have never been translated into English.
Hebrew does NOT work
like English. In English, vowels play mostly the same role as
consonants. In Hebrew, word meanings come from the
consonants, and grammar supplies the vowels. That's why no one
would HAVE to record the vowels for the Divine Name in order for people
to know how to say it; you could simply apply the rules of grammar.
do I mean by that? Let me show an example. MLK means to be
or act as a king in Hebrew. Insert the vowels "MeLeK" and we have
"king" in Hebrew. Insert the vowels "MaLaK" and we have the verb for
that would get tanslated as "reign" into English. Say it
"MoLeK" and it means "he who reigns". "YiMLooK" means "He will reign",
and so on. The consonants supply the root meaning, the vowels the
grammar. English does not work like this.
So anyone who
understands the rules of Hebrew grammar can simply insert the right
vowels to say "He Who Is" or insert another set of vowels to say "He
Who Causes to Be". But be carefully!!! Because the
slightest slip of the tongue might result in a set of "nearly right"
vowels that mean "He who has become" or "he who caused himself to be"
or worse yet "he who is evil". We might write the Hebrew vowel
QAMATS in English as "a" and a Hebrew PATACH vowel as an "a" in
English, but they are not the same vowel in Hebrew, and a non-Hebrew
speaker might say one where the other is proper. Thar aren't the
only pairs written the same in English but not exactly the same to
In a few days I will have more details of this
posted online for you to see and all of this will become clearer.
I spoke on this at my congregation last Sabbath and am presently
editting the video on it based on that feedback. But this is a
very fascinating topic the more you get into it. There's also
pronunciations for the Name based on things other than grammar. I will
get into that as well.