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YHWH Is Peace, The Name of YHWH Is Peace

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Pronounced Yä-wá' (or Yod-Há-Väv-Há') shä-lom, the compound name appears in the Old Testament only once in Judges 6:24 — "And Gid'on (Gideon) built an altar there to YHWH, and called it: YHWH Shalom. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abi'ezerites." (TS98)

The word "shalom" derives from the Hebrew "sh'lomo", which literally means "peace" or "absence of strife". Since the Talmud translates "Yahweh-Shalom" as "The Name of God is Peace", it is considered to be so sacred that one is not permitted to greet another with "Shalom" in unholy places such as a bathroom.

Although the compound name appears only once in the Old Testament, the word "shalom" itself appears ±70 times, and in its various contexts means "whole", "finished", "fulfilled", or "perfected" as pertaining to wellness or welfare. Thus, we can conclude that "shalom" means that kind of peace that results from being a whole person in right relationship with God and one's fellow man, as seen in...

  • Genesis 26:29 — "'...that you will do us no harm, as we have not touched you, and as we have done to you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace [shalom].' You are now the blessed of Yahweh." (WEB)
  • Deuteronomy 27:6-7 — "You shall build the altar of Yahweh your God of uncut stones; and you shall offer burnt offerings thereon to Yahweh your God; and you shall sacrifice peace [shalom] offerings, and shall eat there; and you shall rejoice before Yahweh your God." (WEB)
  • 1 Samuel 20:42 — "Jonathan said to David, 'Go in peace [shalom], because we have sworn both of us in the name of Yahweh, saying, Yahweh shall be between me and you, and between my seed and your seed, forever.' He arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city." (WEB)
  • Haggai 2:9 — "'The glory of this new house will surpass that of the old,' says Adonai Tzva'ot [YHWH-Tzva'ot], 'and in this place I will grant shalom [peace],' says Adonai-Tzva'ot [YHWH-Tzva'ot]." (CJB)
  • See also Genesis 24:21, 28:21; Leviticus 3:1-9, 4:31,35, 7:11,14,20-21,29, 9:4, 10:3, 17:5, 19:5, 22:21; Numbers 6:14,17,26; Judges 6:23, 11:31, 18:6; 1 Samuel 20:13,21; 1 Kings 2:33, 5:12, 22:17,28; 2 Kings 2:3,5, 20:19; 2 Chronicles 18:16,27; Psalm 4:8, 29:11, 85:8, 125:5; Proverbs 16:7; Isaiah 9:7, 26:12, 39:8, 42:19, 45:7, 48:22, 54:10,13, 57:19, 62:6, 64:12, 66:12; Jeremiah 4:10, 12:12, 14:13, 16:5, 23:17, 28:9, 29:7,11, 30:5, 34:5; Ezekiel 13:16; Micah 3:5; Zechariah 1:11, 6:13, 8:19.

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