What is the Hebrew translation for God in the Book of Job?

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Speaker 1

Raymond is asking what is the Hebrew translation for God in the book of Job? I love your question and actually now I’m almost regretting because I have a quick I said answer this in a quick minute. And so if you go to the book of Job, in chapter one, verse one, it says God. And the verse here for God, the verse translate is Elohim, which is very interesting because this is a plural form of the word God. It’s God and plural. And you see it again, though, and this is what’s interesting. In Job chapter one, verse six, it says, and there was a day when the sons of God, Elohim, God the God the Father, Son, Holy Spirit basically came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan came along with them. But this word Lord is the word Jehovah, which people would say today, which is interesting because Jehovah is a little bit different than God in that God, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Like if you look in Genesis two seven, it says the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground. So Jehovah God formed the anyways, so it’s almost like if you know John one one through three and verse 14, Jesus’s Creator Jesus, it says, nothing was made without him.

Speaker 1

So I don’t want to say it’s 100%, but basically Elohim, the word for God is God and plural god, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. And then Jehovah is also used, which is kind of the formal name for God. So I don’t know if it’s that the sons of God were to come before God in a more formal manner or if this was just Jesus the Creator who they were presenting themselves to. So it’s just kind of an interesting thing. To answer your question, the Hebrew translation is Elohim, which again is plural. But then also when it says Lord, the word Lord used is Jehovah, which is the formal name that you would use in respect to God. That’s the word that the Jews in past, they wouldn’t even speak his name because it was so holy. So they use this word Jehovah. It was a very formal word used. So I hope that answers your question. And yeah, let’s wrap it up for tonight. Unless jay. What? Do you have any other thoughts on that?

Speaker 2

Yeah, just to build on that last point where you said Jehovah is really an adaptation of the super holy name of God. The Yhwhamaton is sometimes referred to. So you take Ad and I the vowels there and you plug that into the YHWH. That’s how you get Jehovah. But however you pronounce it, yave, Jehovah, that’s that other name.

Speaker 1

Yes, definitely. But I think it’s so cool that God there is plural because it’s not just a lot of people like, oh, see, there’s only God the Father. No. When it says God, it’s God the Father. God the Son. Jesus is the son of God. He said I, my father are one. So just really cool.

Speaker 2

Jehovah also shows up in Job yeah.

Speaker 1

In chapter six when it says the Lord. So that’s what I think is so interesting. In Job, chapter one in verse six, like I think I mentioned, it says, when the sons of God Elohim came to present themselves before the Lord Jehovah and then Satan came with him. And then it says, the Lord Jehovah said to Satan, where did you come from? He says, Going from the earth. Because basically he’s like, that’s where I’m from, my planet. I took it over. And so God’s like, well, let me brag about somebody there who loves me. So anyway, it’s a really cool story.

Speaker 2

I love that story.

Speaker 1

I want to meet Job so bad one day. I think that’ll be awesome. And I think God is so cool how he talks about himself and how he talks about us and he’s just an awesome God.

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