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The Names of God: Yahweh

(yah-weh) Lord, Jehovah

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Yahweh occurs 6,519 times. This name is used more than any other name of God. Yahweh is first used in Gen 2:4.

Variant spellings: YHWH, Jehovah

TWOT Reference: 484a

Strong’s Reference: 3068

Yahwehin the Septuagint: kurios…Lord, Master despotês…Lord, Master, […]

Emphatic Elements in the Greek: Matthew 24

“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34 “Truly I say to you, this generation […]

The Power of Prayer by R.A. Torrey

The following is taken from R.A. Torrey’s classic on prayer: The Power of Prayer. R.A. Torrey (1856-1928) was an American evangelist, professor, pastor, and author. He is one of the three editors of The Fundamentals, an early 20th century defense of orthodox Protestant beliefs. Find more from R.A. […]

7 Things Concerning Christ in the Book of Philippians

The following is from the works of F.E. Marsh, a study series coming soon to the BLB.

1. Day of Christ… Yet to come.

“so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” (Philippians 1:10).

2. Gospel of Christ… To be preached.

“Only let […]

The Names of God: Adonai

(ad-o-noy’) Lord, Master

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Adonai occurs 434 times. There are heavy uses of Adonai in Isaiah (e.g., Adonai Jehovah). It occurs 200 times in Ezekiel alone and appears 11 times in Daniel Chapter 9.Adonai is first used in Gen 15:2.

Variant spellings: None


The Trinity: What Difference Does It Make?

The following is adapted from Robert Bowman, Jr.’s article The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity, available at the Blue Letter Bible commentaries. SOVEREIGNTY. Because the three persons have each other, we can be assured that God created us only to share the love they have and not as a means to […]

Emphatic Negations: A List

Here are 94 instances in which emphatic negations appear in the New Testament:

Matthew 5:18; 5:20; 5:26; 10:23; 10:42; 13:14; 15:6; 16:22;16:28; 18:3; 23:39; 24:2; 24:21; 24:34; 24:35; 25:9; 26:29; 26:35

Mk. 9:1; 9:41; 10:15; 13:2;13:19; 13:30; 13:31; 14:25; 14:31; 16:18

Lk. 1:15; 6:37; 8:17; 9:27; 10:19; 12:59; 13:35; 18:7;18:17; 21:18; 21:32; 21:33; 22:16; […]

What Is the Sufficiency of Scripture?

The sufficiency of Scripture can be simply defined as follows: In the Bible alone, God has given humankind all things that are necessary for the proper understanding of who God is, who we are, how God has acted in the past, and what God expects from us. The basic idea behind the sufficiency of […]

The Names of God: El Elyon

(el el-yone’) The Most High God

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament El Elyon occurs 28 times. It occurs 19 times in Psalms. El Elyon is first used in Gen 14:18.

Variant spellings: None

TWOT Reference: 1624g, 1624h

Strong’s Reference: 5945

El Elyon in the Septuagint: ho theos ho hupsistos…the God most […]

Examining the Greek: Emphatic Negations (Conclusion & Review)

Editor’s note:

Justin Alfred, a Biblical language expert, has been walking us through “emphatic negations” in Biblical Greek. Emphatic negations are an explicitly strong way to express a negative. While a normal negative might mean “that will not happen,” an emphatic negative further tells the reader that there is not even the slightest possibility […]