The above quote is from the Strong’s Hebrew & Greek Concordance. Let me explain a little bit, again, about the Bible. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, with about six chapters written in Aramaic. The New Testament was written entirely in Greek except for about one chapter in Aramaic. “The ancient Hebrew text consisted only of consonants, since the Hebrew alphabet had no written vowels. Vowel signs were invented by the Jewish Masoretic scholars in the sixth century A.D. and later.” Compton’s Interactive NIV.
Now that last is very important. NO VOWELS were used in the original writings of the Old Testament, and no spacing between the words. The actual word for what we call “Yahweh” was written, “YHWH”. Now, tell me if you would, how do you pronounce that? You can’t. To explain it so you can understand the problem more clearly, this is the problem they faced:
“The chapter divisions we use today were made by Stephen Langton, archbishop of Canterbury, who died in 1228. The division of the New Testament into its present verses is found for the first time in an edition of the Greek New Testament published in 1551 by a printer in Paris, Robert Stephens, who in 1555 also brought out an edition of the Vulgate that was the first edition of the entire Bible to appear with our present chapters and verses. The first English Bible to be so divided was the Genevan edition of 1560.” Compton’s Interactive NIV.
Not only did they not write in the vowels, they didn’t even use, or pronounce the name, “YHWH”. “At a late date it became a matter of binding scruple not to pronounce the divine name, and Jews (in reading the Scriptures) customarily substituted the noun adhonai, which means ‘Lord.’” Compton’s Interactive NIV.
Since we don’t know what the actual word was that was used, most modern translations simply use the word, “LORD” when applying it to that person designated by YHWH. That makes sense. Let’s keep it simple so we know who we are talking about. God is pleased with that.
What then do we call Jesus? We call Him what the Bible says to call Him. You can call Him any of the over 40 names that are used to designate Him. Read your Bible carefully and see how many names and titles He has. Then use which ever one you like. Jesus is more interested in your obedience, than in what you call Him. In John 14:15 Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.” He did not say, “If you love Me, you will call Me by such and such a name.” Keep that in mind, and let’s get on with obeying Him: