why Jehovah witnesses only call God with the name Yahweh?

I'm Christian. The bible clearly don't write the name of God as 'Yahweh', but 'YHWH'. And also our God have another name, Jesus Christ. Why Jehovah witnesses seems like to call God 'Yahweh' instead of Jesus??


@PeterPan i dont know what you are talking about, this is the first time i asked this.

Update 2:

so, to all JW out there, do you ever call God in your prayers with the name Jesus??

Update 3:

i see.. si JW don't believe in holy Trinity?? is that full of deception? Jesus says "I'm the only way"

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  • 9 years ago
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    They don't call him "Yahweh", they call him "Jehovah". They insist that this is God's name, despite the fact that "Jehovah" is an English word.

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    • Roberta B
      Lv 6
      5 years agoReport

      "Jehovah" is an English word. "Jesus" is an English word. English wasn't invented until many years after the Bible was written. Many languages have God's personal name translated into their language, and they use that. The wrong thing is to fail to use his personal name. Acts 15:14

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  • 9 years ago

    We call Jehovah by the English version popular for centuries and found in the KJV Bible (Exodus 6:3, Psalms 83:18 and others).

    YHWH is indeed the Hebrew. Many scholars think Yahweh is the most likely pronounciation. Sacred name religions call him that or Yehowah or other alternates (and Jesus Jeshua or Jehoshua).

    Jesus is not God, but his son and subject to him. John 3:16, 17:3, 5:19-22. As the Bible says, no humans can see God and live. Exodus 33:20. No one has seen God/Father at any time. John 1:18, 6:46, 1 John 4:12 and others. The Bible also says God is not a man or the son of man. Numbers 23:19, Hosea 11:9. Jesus is subject to God though his firstborn onlybegotten son from heaven. 1 Cor. 15:24-28, 1 Cor. 11:3.

    The trinity doctrine comes from a man named Athanasius and a creed named after him written hundreds of years after the Bible was done. Hence the word trinity and the creed expressions are not in any Bible.


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  • 9 years ago

    If you wrote a book which became a sensation throughout the world, and publishers translated your name into the many different languages the book became printed in along with the text, would that be a bad thing? Would they mean someone else by doing that? No. They would still be referring to you. So, it really wouldn't make any difference. At the same time, it would make it easier for the people reading the book to pronounce, remember, and use your name!

    How would YOU pronounce 'YHWH' . . . ?

    "'Jehovah' is the BEST KNOWN English pronunciation of the divine name,

    although “Yahweh” is favored by most Hebrew scholars.

    "The oldest Hebrew manuscripts present the name in the form of four consonants,

    commonly called the Tetragrammaton (from Greek te·tra-, meaning “four,” & gram′ma, “letter”). These four letters (written from right to left) are יהוה and may be transliterated into English as YHWH (or, JHVH).

    "The Hebrew consonants of the name are therefore known.

    The question is, Which vowels are to be combined with those consonants?

    Vowel points did not come into use in Hebrew until the second half of the first millennium C.E.

    "Furthermore, because of a religious superstition that had begun centuries earlier, the vowel pointing found in Hebrew manuscripts does not provide the key for determining which vowels should appear in the divine name." #

    'Jehovah' :

    [the causative form, the imperfect state, of the Heb. verb ha·wah′ (become);

    meaning “He Causes to Become”].

    'Jesus' :

    [Lat. form of the Gr. I·e·sous′, which corresponds to the Heb. Ye·shu′a‛ or Yehoh·shu′a‛

    and means “Jehovah Is Salvation”].

    The history of the use of God's name over the centuries, is discussed in this online article:

    "God's Name and Bible Translators"



    Source(s): "Insight on the Scriptures", volume 2, "Jehovah"; Tetragrammaton"; "Jesus".
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  • grnlow
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    The Tetragrammaton is what the 4 letters in Hebrew are for God's personal name. It has no vowels. At the time it was first written, the general public knew how to pronounce it.

    When translated into English, it is either Jehovah or Yahweh. For those claiming there is no "J" for Jehovah, may I point out there is no "J" for Jesus either.

    Jesus is not God. Jesus is God's first-born Son. Jesus prayed to his Father who was in heaven while Jesus was on earth. At John 14:28, we see a quote from Jesus, "My Father is greater than I am." He never claimed to be equal to Him, though he did say he was one in agreement with his Father.

    Philippians 2:5-11 gives a capsule version of his life. There he shows he never wanted to be equal to his Father. He took a slave's form [human] to bring honor to his Father's name, which is Jehovah. Further, that after proving faithful in everything he did, he was elevated to the highest position--second only to Jehovah God himself. Only Jehovah has the power to give him that position.

    We worship Jehovah just as Jesus does. We learn from Jesus how to properly worship Jehovah.

    1 Timothy 2:5 identifies Jesus as the Mediator between God and men. One cannot possibly be the Mediator between 2 parties and be one of those parties at the same time. Otherwise, there would not be a Mediator, but direct contact.

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  • 9 years ago

    According to Strong’s Lexicon Concordance the Tetragrammaton [יְהֹוָה] Jehovah, proper name of the supreme Hebrew God, later Hebrews for some centuries before the time of Christ, either mislead by false interpretation of certain laws(Ex 20:7;Lev 24:11), or following some old superstition regarded this name as so very holy, that it might not even be pronounced.

    Lexicon Results Strong's H3068 - Yĕhovah [יְהֹוָה] , Outline of Biblical Usage Jehovah = "the existing One"1) the proper name of the one true God

    Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count in the Hebrew scriptures of [יְהֹוָה] total is: 6519

    AV — LORD 6510, GOD 4, JEHOVAH 4, variant 1

    Jesus gave us this at Mat 6:9 the Lord’s prayer he told us to “make Holy” God’s name: 9 After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.

    The clergy has supervised the translating of the Bible but even under their eye’s Jehovah made sure his name would be known.

    The fact that Jehovah is the name of the Hebrew Supreme God has become so evident that the clergy now says that Jesus was Jehovah before he was Jesus. Jesus has always said his Father Jehovah is greater than him & the scriptures show that Jehovah has set Jesus the highest except for himself(Matt 28:18;Hebrews 1:1-13;Col 1:13-19)

    Source(s): www.watchtower.org;Strong's Lexicon Concordance
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  • Suzy
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Jesus Christ said to only praise his Father and that we are to pray to the Father through Jesus Christ. After each time we pray we end our prayer in Christ's name. We pray to God(Jehovah) only. If you look at a version of the King James Bible at Psalm 83:18 you will see what God's personal name is. Also, in the first publications of the Holy Scriptures the name of God was in it over 7,000 times. It was taken out over time and only the word "Lord" was used. Jehovah has many titles, such as, Lord, Almighty, Creator, Ancient of Days. But only one personal name which is Jehovah.

    As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, we do not believe that Jesus Christ is God. He said that God is higher than he is. When explaining the headship of the church, he said that the head of the Christ, is God. Jesus also prayed to his Father while on earth. If he was God, there would be no need for him to pray to himself. The Bible tells us in 2 places that Jesus is the first born of all creation so he had a beginning. He is also the only begotten son of God. This means that only Jehovah God created him. All other things were made by God & Jesus. God has no beginning, Jesus had one.

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  • 9 years ago

    A simple and short answer for you:

    Jesus himself prayed and taught his followers to pray by giving them the "model prayer". That is in Matthew 6:9-14 Here it is in part:

    "Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified."

    If Jesus was the Father, then who was he praying to? Why didn't he tell his apostles to pray to himself, once he got into Heaven? With all the illustrations he used to make thing clear, why would he make this important fact unclear????

    Another question for you to help you to come to an answer: When was trinity introduced to the Churches and where did it really come from? No where in the Bible does that word come up, nor the concept of it. Do some research on it.

    It was all about "allowing" paganism to come into the Churches so that there would be an increase in membership.

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  • I I must correct you here. We use the English rendition: Jehovah.

    II am sorry but Jesus is not and has never been God. This actually defames Jesus saying that he is God because he, himself said that he does not speak his own words - but his Father in the heavens. If he were God himself, then he would not have need to say this.

    I live in France and Jehovah is used here and in England, there is a monument that does not belong to us, but does have the name: Jehovah. In Plymouth.

    When one tries to explain the trinity, it always comes out not making much sense, but when one says: Almighty God. Jesus - son of God and the holy spirit - Jehovah's Active Force ie breath. How simple and easy is that?!

    I guess you are not going to change your view, but it does not make it right anymore than you saying we are wrong. However, I know several biblical passages that throw the trinity out the door!

    Edit: No, of course not, because that means we think Jesus is God and that is not so. We do, however pray THROUGH Jesus to reach his Father and that request comes from Jesus and his Father. Our Creator's name is: Jehovah.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    If u think about it jesus cannot be god.. jesus is perfect and so is jehovah. Jesus says he who ha

    s seen me has seen the father also. Jesus is a perfect reflection of his father. Jehovah gaave his son for those who willinigly do his will. Yall really need to stop listening to all pastors . The bible say u must examine the scriptues yourself to see if what they are speaking hamonizes .how can jesus be god if god sent him. How can jesus be god if god rose him from the dead... the dead can t rise himslef ...som.eon e had to rise jesus .. like jesus said u cant c

    get to the father

    Except through me. The father is the father and the son is the son .

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  • 9 years ago

    Asker, Jehovah's witnesses don't believe that Jesus is God. They do not believe in trinity.

    Most religions will admit the name of God is Jehovah, they just don't use it. And no, JW's dont use Jesus in prayer as the name of God.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago


    In English speaking countries Witnesses use the name Jehovah. In other languages which does not have the “J” sound they will use the “Y” sound or the closest sound which represents the original consonant.

    The only True God's name in Hebrew is written YHWH and called The Tetragrammaton. The form Jehovah is the most recognizable rendering and is a perfectly accurate pronunciation of the Hebrew. "Jehovah" can be verified as an accurate rendering for YHWH by examination of theophoric names.

    The original Hebrew name for God's son is a theophoric because it contains the Divine Name. It is written YHWSA. No one knows exactly how it was pronounced but either Yeshua or Yehoshua are acceptable. And even though "Jesus" does not retain the Hebrew pronunciation it is a perfectly accurate pronunciation.

    The name Jesus means "Jehovah is salvation." Since Je– or Jeho- is the proper prefix for Christ's name this provides evidence for the propriety of the pronunciation "Jehovah" in English. If you accept "Jesus" as correct, then you have to accept Yeh(o)-/Jeh(o)- as the first part of the Divine Name. Other theophoric names in the Bible support this prefix as well as The Name having three syllables.

    Therefore, we can properly render the Hebrew "tetragrammaton" YHWH/JHVH as Yehowah, Yahweh or Jehovah which are all real translations.

    The pronunciation Yahweh is OK since it retains the inspired letters of the Divine Name. However, many scholars now consider the form Yahweh as dubious, and modern scholarship recognizes that the Divine Name was most likely pronounced with three syllables rather than with two. So, Yehowah in Hebrew and Jehovah in English are actually more accurate. Anyone who claims that the English pronunciation "Jehovah" is not correct or is an "artificial" pronunciation is ignoring the facts of modern scholarship.

    (See George Wesley Buchanan; "How God's Name Was Pronounced", Biblical Archaeology Review Mar./Apr. 1995 Volume 21 Number 2; page 30. Harris, Archer, Waltke; "Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament" #484. James Trimm; "Nazarenes and the Name of YHWH," and "In Fame Only? A Historical Record of the Divine Name," by Gerard Gertoux)

    When we accept the overwhelming evidence for a tri-syllable pronunciation, the acceptable vocalizations vary relatively little in their pronunciation from the sound of "Jehovah." So, it is clear that "Jehovah" does accurately represent the Divine Name.

    God made it clear that Jehovah would be his Eternal Name (Ex. 3:15, Mic. 4:5; Jer.23:27). It was manifestly Christ's determination to make Jehovah's name known to Christian (Jn. 17:6, 26 (Cf. Jn. 12:28; 17:4, 26; Rev. 1:5).

    In the end times True Christians would be associated with the Father's Name (Acts 15:14; Amos 9:11, 12). Refusal to use some proper form of that Name would therefore be a denial of being truly Christian.

    Scripturally, prayer is addressed only to the Father as the ultimate source of power. Scripture shows that only God the Father who has ultimate authority to answer prayers (Rm.1:3; 1Cor.12:27). At Mt.20:23 Jesus showed that he could not be the one who is prayed to in order to fill this position in the foundation of the heavenly kingdom..

    Jesus demonstrated that prayer is *only* to be addressed to the "Father" who's name is Jehovah (Mt.6:9; Ps.83:18, KJV). Every direction by Jesus clearly states that prayers must go to God the Father "through" or "in" Christ's name, not "to" Jesus. Any Christian who prayed to Jesus would be going contrary to Christ's direct teaching.

    In every instance where the one prayed to is explicitly mentioned it is always addressed to the Father not Jesus (Col 1:3).

    So, the Bible does not indicate that we should pray to him. Jesus clearly promised his disciples: "If you ask anything in my name, I will do it." The prayer is addressed to Jehovah God—but in Jesus' name. (John 14:13, 14; 15:16; Eph.5:20; Col.3:17).

    So, as described in Scripture, prayers are a form of worship that belongs exclusively to Almighty God. By addressing all our prayers to Jehovah God, we give evidence that we are Christian since we follow Jesus' direction to pray: "Our Father in the heavens."







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