Which is it, the V or the W?
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YaHWeH or YaHVeH? V or W?
Q: Some say Yahweh and others say Yahveh and some Jehovah. Which is it?
A: This has been answered in other emails and other Q and A answers, but, one more time. This, along with other studies, is the answer supplied by the World Word Dictionary. A perfect example, showing how this is manipulated to cover all the bases and in doing so, revealing which letter it should be. I will share this from another email:
Here is another one of those finds or reveals about the V and the W -- this, from the World Dictionary:
Noun: Yahweh 'yaa,wey: A name for the God of the Old Testament as transliterated from the Hebrew consonants YHVH
Notice how different the Name is presented in the definition while in the phonetic pronunciation (yaa,wey) it is a W and not the V? If we look at this correctly, it would mean that the W and the V, in YHVH, should be pronounced the same, as in YHWH. So, why the V? Because the Jehovah Witnesses (and others in the 19th century) decided that they should listen to the Jewish scholars, who have no interest in letting or allowing Gentiles to say the name of their God -- a Name most of them refuse to pronounce, or vocalize, out-loud. This, too, is why many present the name of our Savior as Y'shua -- by dropping the H they keep those silly Christians from saying the name of their God. Somewhere along the line in Hebrew thought, it was decided that saying His Holy Name had to be protected to keep anyone from "taking His Name in vain" and most of all, keeping it from the gentiles saying it or using it. In an odd way, this actually helped the Gentiles who where coming to His Word and recognizing the Covenant made with all Israel and connected to the New Covenant from actually committing that sin, while they were actually doing the very thing they, the religious Israelis, were doing. If you look up the word, vain, as in not taking His Name in "vain" (Ex 20:7), you find that this can also mean, to "profane".
(Eze 36:20) And when they entered unto the heathen, wherever they went, they profaned My Holy Name, when they (the heathen) said to them, "These are the people of YaHWeH, and are gone forth out of His land (? -- this is a question)"(Eze 36:21) But I (YHWH) had pity for Mine Holy Name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, wherever they went.
Strong's Hebrew Dictionary: A primitive root (compare H2470); properly to bore that is (by implication) to wound to dissolve; figuratively to profane
This word, profane, has a long list of meanings, covering just about every conceivable way that His Name could, or would have been treated. One of those primary methods involving taking or using His Name in VAIN, would be to dissolve it, making it useless. How? By hiding it away, by trying to keep out of the hands, mouths, of the heathen -- anyone that is not Jewish or claming to be Jewish. What has this to do with competition between the W and the V? Everything. This in the Jewish priesthood do not call their God, YaHVeH -- that is the simplest of truths. They are happy to let you and everyone else mispronounce and use other names and titles, in their own righteous and vain effort to keep His Holy Name away from the heathen, those pagans of the past and present. So, we should get this straight and understand what the battle is all about. I it is about keeping you and me and the rest of the nations and peoples from saying His Holy Name. This is contrary to the New Covenant, of course, as it is the New Covenant that says -- John 3:18 and --
(Php 2:9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of YaHshua every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that YaHshua the Anointed is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (YaHshua, His birth name restored)
As we have already read, from the World Dictionary, the God of Isarel is ronounced as YaaWey or YaHWeH, but written it is supposed to be YaHVeH? Now, let us get this right, We are to see and present His Holy Name as YHVH but pronounc His Holy Name as Yaa wey? This means, as previously mentioned, that the V is supposed to be sounded out as we would sound out the W. Except for in Germany, where this error seems to have originated. The Latins (Roman Church) used to use the V letter but they pronounced it as the W is today, and have long since stopped using it in that way. The English and other, however, as the letter pronunciation change they did not chose to retain its corrected pronunciation.
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