What are some names for God?


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Some names for God in the Bible include Elohim, Adonai, El Shaddai, Yahweh and El Roi. Yahweh is considered to be the most proper name for God by Jews and Christians. It is translated into English as "LORD" in all capital letters. Several other names are attached to Yahweh throughout the Bible, such as Yaheweh-M'Kaddesh, which means "The Lord Who Sanctifies, Makes Holy."

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Elohim appears at the beginning of the book of Genesis and is found in other places as well. It means "Creator, Mighty and Strong." The root of Elohim is "El," which is also used as a name for God. El typically means "power" or "might." This root is also found in the name El Shaddai, which means "God Almighty" or "The Mighty One of Jacob."

Adonai means "Lord" and is rendered in name-case throughout the English Bible. This name was used in place of Yahweh or YHWH, which was considered by the Jews to be too sacred to be spoken by sinners. Adonai is thus used mostly when God is dealing with the Gentiles rather than the Jews.

Yahweh can be rendered as YHWH or Jehovah and is considered the correct name for God. The name first appears when God speaks to Moses and says "I Am who I Am."

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