The Name of God Code in the King James Version of the Bible was established deliberately as not to offend Jewish Scholars. When King James Authorized a new translation of the Bible in English, scholars were gathered. These scholars were careful to create an English version of the Bible that was sensitive to both reformers and the Catholic Church, as well as their Jewish scholars. This resulted in a specific code for all references to God. Unfortunately, if you don’t know the code, you miss out on the rich meaning of many passages.
The Name of God Code in the King James Version
To avoid the use of the actual name of God, His personal name, the King James translators developed a code that is still used in most versions today, even the modern ones. The name of God code takes the proper names from the original Hebrew and renders them as follows:
Elohim is rendered as God.
Yahweh is rendered as LORD — all in capital letters.
Adonai is rendered as Lord — a capital L followed by lower case letters.
Adonai Yahweh is rendered as Lord GOD.
Yahweh Elohim is rendered as LORD God.
El is the shortened version of Elohim or God
So, every time the personal name of God (Yahweh) appears in scripture, it is rendered as LORD unless it appears in conjunction with Adonai, in which case it is rendered, GOD. But either way, the personal name of God is always indicated by all capital letters. In the original Hebrew, they didn’t use vowels so Yahweh was originally rendered YHWH, this is also known as the tetragrammaton. The vowels were added later. Jehovah is the English transliteration of Yahweh.
The Name of God Code Can Rob Us of the Some of the Meaning
The meaning loses much of its richness when this code is used. And, as stated above, virtually all English translations use this same code established in 1604 during the beginning of the translation of the King James Version. The version was completed in 1611. If you know the code you can translate the names of God back to their original as you read. Then you can experience the true richness of these verses. So, study the code and understand it. You will not be disappointed. Just experience these verses in both the KJV and the KJV Code reversed.
And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
And Elohim said unto him, I am El Shaddai: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh Elohim made the earth and the heavens,
“I am the LORD, and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them.”
“I am YHWH, and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as El Shaddai, but by My name, YHWH, I did not make Myself known to them.”
Reverse the Name of God Code in the King James Version
As you read, reverse the Name of God Code in the King James Version and most other versions. So that you can understand the meaning of the verses in a much richer way. Experience the verses as they were intended to be understood. The Hebrew Priests felt they may violate the do not use the Lord’s name in vain commandment, so they just stopped using God’s name all together. We need not be that superstitious.
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Thou shalt not take the name of Yahweh thy Elohim in vain; for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
And Elohim spake all these words, saying, I am Yahweh thy Elohim, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.