How casually it trips off the tongue - - "HalleLUyuh!"
- - It flows as intended praise - - "Praise GOD! - - Glory to His
But is it?
In Judaism, the correct pronunciation of the name of God was forgotten over 2000 years
ago. Thus, His name is not pronounced in order that it not be profaned or taken "in vain"
(in one sense of the word).
When it is written in Hebrew, it is the four letters yod, heh, vav, heh
(). In English, it is usually written
YHWH or YHVH and pronounced Yahweh or Yahveh (but not by
A shorter version of the Name is Yah, the first syllable of yod, heh,
vav, heh, and is incorporated into the Hebrew word hallelu-jah. The "j" is pronounced
as a "y" because of its Saxon/Germanic background.
When "hallelu-jah" is used in a sense of "Well, ain't that great, praise God," it is
completely inappropriate. The Hebrew root word is
"halal" and means
"shout praises," and "lu" is third person masculine plural. So, "hallelu-jah" is
literally a command for everyone present to shout praises to Yah.
And then there's the word (I don't even want to call it a "name") "jehovah." That is
such an adulteration of God's name that I feel it should be ripped from every
book it is printed in (YES, including Bibles)!
Do you lightly say, "HalleLUyuh?" Are you not bothering to SAY
GOD'S NAME? Is it too much trouble?? Correctly, it should be said, "Hallelu-YAH!"
with the accent on the last syllable. "Everyone shout praises to Yah!" It is
supposed to be a call to worship! Check out the four times it is used in
only one chapter of the book of Revelation (poorly transliterated in the
because the Greek gives it the breath sound of the initial "h").
If you just want to say "Praise God" in Hebrew because of a blessing you have received,
"Baruch HaShem" is appropriate (though not biblical, just Jewish). Literally, it
means "Bless the Name." Or you could say "Baruch Hu," which means "Bless Him." Still
better (probably) would be "Baruch Adonai" (Bless the Lord, literally), "Baruch Elohim"
(Bless the God of Many Powers"), or even "Baruch Yah" (Bless Yah).
By the way, I've hyphenated it here because when Hallelu-Yah appears in the Hebrew of the
"Old" Testament, it’s always either two words or hypenated. Didn't know that, didya?
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