LORD GOD (Yah Yahweh) is one of many compound names of the Lord. Because the Jews were afraid of mispronouncing YHWH, the personal name of God, or writing it incorrectly when copying Scripture scrolls, they eventually stopped pronouncing it and substituted the word ’Adonai (Lord) instead. We don’t know for certain how it should be pronounced because we cannot be sure of the original vowels that went with the letters YHWH. The challenges of pronouncing the personal name of God, YHWH, have an interesting story.
Yah is a short form of Yahweh. It tends to be found in Hebrew poetic literature of the Bible.
In English the words “lord” and “god” are capitalized to indicate that the underlying Hebrew is Yah Yahweh.
Hebrew Words for LORD GOD or GOD the LORD.
Strong’s numbers: 3050, 3068
Bible references: Isa. 12:2; 26:4
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2)
Trust in the Lord forever,
For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock. (Isaiah 26:4)
The first verse is a modified quotation of the song that Israel sang after she had crossed the Red Sea and the chariots of Egypt had been swamped by the waves (Ex. 15:2).
Other Bible versions translate this name in different ways. For instance “the LORD the LORD” (NIV) or “the LORD Jehovah” (KJV).
A similar sounding name occurs in the New Testament. Lord God is how the KJV translates despotēs in Jude 1:4.