Name of God
Adonai, which is plural word, is derived from the singular Adon which means “Lord”. In the Bible, this plural form is only used for God. This term was pronounced in substitution of YHWH. Jewish tradition considered God’s Covanant Name too sacred to be uttered, therefore Adonai was used instead.
When this Name of God, “Lord”, is translated in the English Bible, it is spelled with a capital letter “L” in the beginning and the rest of the letters (“ord”) in lower case. Additionally, Adonai is used when God is seen dealing with the Gentiles.
The singular form, Adon, is used in the Bible as a title for royalty, an important person, or an angel. In that case, it is spelled using all lower case. (lord).
In reference to God, Adonai appears at least 300 times in the Old Testament. This word is found in Exodus 4:10; Judges 6:15; 2 Samuel 7:18-20; Psalm 8, 114:7, 135:5, 141:8, 109:21-28. Isaiah frequently uses the Name Adonai Jehovah. Ezekiel uses Adonai 200 times. Additionally this Name appears 10 times in the book of Daniel.
Application: God is the Master and majestic Lord. God is our total Authority.
Scripture of Adonai
I said to the Lord, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.”
I said to Yahweh, “You are my Adonai. Without you, I have nothing good.”
Prayer to Adonai
“Adonai, Your Name is Holy. Your Name is above all names. You are Holy and above and beyond all creation.
I am awestruck and at a loss for words as I consider Your Holiness and am filled with wonder and amazement as I see Your Power and Handiwork in creation.
My sin and failings are in stark contrast to Your Holiness and I see my need for forgiveness and my need of a Savior. I am amazed that You, Adonai, in Your Grace, made a way for forgiveness and a way for me me to come to You through Jesus.
Adonai, I am thankful. Amen”
Prayer Channel Video “Adonai”
Posted on YouTube, Jul 19, 2021, by The Prayer Channel
Listen to the song “Adonai”, by Paul Wilbur
Posted on Youtube, Mar 12, 2019
Download/Print CBJ’s “Adonai Printable”
Ready to color and use as a tip-in, in your bible, as seen above. Drawn by Jill Briscoe.