Why 3 Lords?

Have you noticed in your Bible reading that in English, we see the word lord, Lord and LORD. Not in each translation, does it use the same, which is unfortunate, but it’s based on the Hebrew Word  for the type “lord” it’s referring to. Let’s examine the 3 so we can recognize it and understand it when we read it.

Lord - with no capital “l” comes from אָדוֹן, āḏôn, which means a human master, male boss, superintendent,  authority figure. “Rachel said to her father, ‘Don't be angry, my “lord”, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I’m having my period.’ So he searched but could not find the household gods.” Gen 31:35

Lord - with a capital “L” in Hebrew is אֲדֹנָי ădônây. It is the proper name of God ONLY. My “Lord”.

I will praise you, “Lord”, (adonay) among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples (Psalm 57:9).

And finally, “LORD”, in all caps. . Often times you will find LORD in all caps. What is that about?

In Hebrew יְהוָה  yehhovaw. This is the sacred name of God that even today the Jews will not pronounce. This word is the title for God as complete Creator and ever present one.

A psalm of David. The “LORD” is my shepherd, I lack nothing (Psalm 23:1).

Pay attention to these nuances! They are there for a reason and you’ll be blessed if you take notice.


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