What Is The Meaning of Elohim In The Bible?

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God has a lot of names in the Bible. These names are given to God sometimes for what he has done or as a description of who he is. One of the names of God found in the Bible is Elohim. This name first appeared in Genesis. In this post, we will look at what the meaning of Elohim is. Keep reading to find out.

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What Is The Meaning of Elohim In The Bible?

Elohim is the Hebrew word for God that appears in the very first sentence of the Bible. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” It literally says, “In the beginning Elohim, Elohim created the heaven and the earth.” The term “Elohim” means “supreme one” or “mighty one”.

Other Names of God Found In The Bible

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The following are some of the names of God found in the Bible with scriptural references.

  • Jehovah Jireh: The LORD our provider (Genesis 22:14) “So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”
  • Jehovah Rapha: The LORD our Healer (Exodus 15:26) “Saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.”
  • Jehovah Nissi: The LORD our Banner (Exodus 17:15) “And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner,”
  • Jehovah Shalom: The LORD our Peace (Judges 6:24) “Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and called it, The LORD Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.”
  • Jehovah Raah: The LORD our Shepherd (Psalms 23:1) “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
  • Jehovah Tsidkenu: The LORD our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6) “In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’”
  • Jehovah Shammah: The LORD is Here (Ezekiel 48:35) “The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD Is There.”
  • Abba FatherFor you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15).
  • Adonai: Adonai is a Hebrew word that translates as “Lord” of “Lord Master” from its derivation “sovereignty”.
  • Alpha and Omega: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”Revelation 22:13
  • Ancient of Days: God is referenced as the “Ancient of Days” three times in the book of Daniel, chapter 7.
  • El Roi: “The God who sees me” – used by Hagar in Genesis 16.
  • El Elyon: El Elyon, God Might High, or sometimes LORD Most High is used through Scripture to refer to the LORD, Creator of heaven and earth. Psalm 57:2 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfils his purpose for me.”
  • Jesus: On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived (Luke 2:21)
  • Friend of Sinners: The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds (Matthew 11:19).
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