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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
The ineffable name of God among the Hebrews. It never has the article before it, nor is it found in the plural form. The Jews never pronounced this name; and wherever it occurs in the Hebrew Scriptures, the substituted for it, in reading, the word ADONAI, Lord, or ELOHIM, God. See Exodus 3:14 , I AM THAT I AM, the meaning of which see under the article Exodus 6:3 , God says, "I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty; but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them;" yet the appellation Jehovah appears to have been known from the beginning, Genesis 4:2 . We have reason to believe that God himself, who named man Adam, named himself Genesis 17:1 26:11; or, "I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham," etc.; but never simply, "I am Jehovah." It should be remembered that our English version translates this name by the word LORD , printed in small capitals.
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Jehovah'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/j/jehovah.html. 1859.