Definition of Yahweh in English:


(also Yahveh)


  • A form of the Hebrew name of God used in the Bible. The name came to be regarded by Jews (c.300 BC) as too sacred to be spoken, and the vowel sounds are uncertain.

    • ‘This is clearly covenant language, and it is Hosea's favorite way of describing the relationship between Yahweh and Israel.’
    • ‘Yet Yahweh is not easily provoked and promises to make Jeremiah ‘a fortified wall of bronze.’’
    • ‘God has many beautiful names - Brahman, Ahur Mazda, Yahweh, God and Allah.’
    • ‘Yahweh goes on to remind Israel that the name it bears is Yahweh's name.’
    • ‘Yahweh's uniqueness as God for Israel is founded on Yahweh's mercy and jealousy, as demonstrated in the election of a holy people.’
    • ‘The criticism here would then be that Isaac has failed to understand the true nature of the blessing Yahweh has bestowed on Abraham's family.’
    • ‘Solomon has been chosen to sit on the throne of the kingdom of Yahweh over Israel.’
    • ‘This story is about Yahweh, the God of Israel, Jeremiah, the son of Helkiah, and the prophets of Anthoth in the land of Benjamin.’
    • ‘In the second, he is additionally referred to as YHWH (probably to be read as Yahweh, but the original vowels were not written).’
    • ‘Acknowledging Yahweh requires the reordering of everything else in life.’
    • ‘Nobody ever claimed that all Jews or all Jewish groups were engaged in, or committed to, converting Gentiles to faith in Yahweh.’
    • ‘Moses ascends the mountain, talks with Yahweh, and comes back with clay tablets.’
    • ‘It has roots in Israel's faith that Yahweh alone was their king.’
    • ‘Here, at Sinai, Yahweh puts forward both promise and command.’
    • ‘It was through the personality and leadership of Moses in their escape from Egypt that the Israelites experienced the redemptive power of Yahweh.’
    • ‘What good is following Yahweh if Ahab and Jezebel will have their day?’
    • ‘In the Cabala, the Quaternical system is the Tetragrammaton, the four-letter name of God, commonly pronounced Yahweh or Jehovah.’
    • ‘Oh right, some of the Gnostics identified the Demiurge with the Old Testament Hebrew god Yahweh.’
    • ‘The psalmist praises Yahweh for remaining faithful to God's people despite their long history of sin and apostasy.’
    • ‘Maybe you didn't know that rule is from the Old Testament and it means the Israelites were supposed to worship only Yahweh and not no other gods.’
    • ‘Isaiah highlights Yahweh's sovereignty over against that of the idols and the nations who trust in the idols.’
    • ‘In Exodus and Leviticus we read of how the attention of Yahweh is drawn towards those who sacrifice.’
    • ‘Elijah told the Israelites that Yahweh would bring drought to the land if they continued worshipping Baal.’
    • ‘Wisdom as pre-existent in a sense reinforces the Wisdom of Yahweh as the Lord of creation, both close to God and at the same time present in the world.’
    • ‘As I said earlier, it's a matter of translation, with different bibles using Yahweh or ‘the LORD’.’


From Hebrew YHWH with added vowels; compare with Jehovah. See also Tetragrammaton.