The Names of God: Jehovah Shammah

(yeh-ho-vaw’ shawm’-maw)
The Lord Is There

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Shammah occurs only once in Ezekiel 48:35.

Variant spellings: Jehovah Samma

TWOT Reference: None

Strong’s Reference: 3074

Jehovah Shammah in the Septuagint: estai to onoma autês…the name thereof

Meaning and Derivation

Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Shammah is derived from the Hebrew word sham, which can be translated as “there.” Jehovah Shammah is a symbolic name for the earthly Jerusalem. The name indicates that God has not abandoned Jerusalem, leaving it in ruins, but that there will be a restoration.

Further references of the name Jehovah Shammah in the Old Testament: Eze 48:35

  • ….”this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly”. Thank you for all this insights. I look forward to them.
    I am struggling with the realization that even in my struggles, doubts, pains, etc God is revealing Himself. He is there. How then, can He allow all this pain in my life?
    But perhaps the question should be: He has allowed me great health, family, more than daily bread, a place to live in ever beautiful Southern California – to name a few of the countless blessings He has so graciously and lovingly allowed.
    O wretched woman I am!

  • jhnsn d-s

    The strip down version of havah “to be” or “existence” meaning he cause things to come into exsitance say for example at genesis where God said “let light(‘owr)come to be (havah) then a day or so later he added mass to his light(ma’owr)

    This first use of havah is exclusive to God and his abilitys.

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  • Love this series. Thank you for your knowledge.

  • misty

    It is so good to know that HE is a god who is there, where ever we are He is also….If HE were afar off, we might have a need and He not know of it, but because He is there He knows all our needs and meets them so lovingly.