Hebrew Word Study – Adonai

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Primary Conventional Usage

Adonai is the Hebrew word that means lord. Religious Jews are forbidden to speak or write the name of YHVH and have substituted the Hebrew title Adonai (Lord) for the name YHVH. The English word Lord is a correct translation of the Hebrew word Adonai.  Adonai is NOT a name it is a title.  It should not be confused with the Sacred Name of YHVH which is also translated into the English as the title Lord.  Usually when YHVH is translated Lord in the Englishversions of the Scriptures it is either emboldened or all the letters are capitalized.

Many of the times Adonai is used in Scripture in reference to God it is used as term meant to indicate subordination.  The Name YHVH is used 6820 times in Scripture.  The Title Adonai is used 439 and in almost all those cases it is used a word to identify human princes or to indicate that all the lords of the earth are under the authority of YHVH.


For YHVH your God is God of gods, and YHVH of lords (Adonai), a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:  (Deuteronomy 10:17).


YHVH of Adonai or as it says in English LORD of Lords.

First use of Adonai in Scriptures

Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?  Genesis 18:12



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Pictorial Meaning of Lord


aleph_letter Aleph – Strong Leader – First – God the Father   OX

dalet_letter Dalet –  Pathway – Door – Doorway   Door

noon_letter Noon – Life

yood_letterYood  – To Work – A Mighty Deed – To Make   Hand

Pictorial Translation of Lord

The Ideal


Strong Leader


Opens the Door

noon_letter Noon

To Life

yood_letter Yood  –

By a Mighty Work of his Hand



The Strong Leader who does a mighty deed that opens the door to life.




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Yood  Noon Dalet  Aleph

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Numeric Meaning of Lord

1  aleph_letter Aleph Deity – Unity – Sufficiency – Independence -The First – Indivisible – God the Father

4   dalet_letter  Dalet    God’s Creative Works – The World – The Fourth Thing – First Number that can be Divided – Creation

50  noon_letter Noon   Holy Spirit – Pentecost  – Deliverance followed by Rest –  Jubilee

10 yood_letter  Yood   Perfection of Divine Order – Completeness of order – Testimony – The Law – Responsibility  Ordinal Perfection


Numeric Translation of Lord

Theological and Prophetic

1 aleph_letter Aleph

God the Father

4   dalet_letter  Dalet

God’s Creative Works


50  noon_letter  Noon

Deliverance followed

by Rest –  Jubilee

10   yood_letter  Yood

Perfection of Divine Order

Ordinal Perfection

Summary of Numeric Translation

1 aleph_letter Aleph

God the Father

50   noon_letter Noon

is going Deliver and bring Life

4   dalet_letter Dalet

To his Creation

10  yood_letter  Yood

after a Divinely ordered sequence of events and at exactly the right time


At the precise time after a sequence of Divinely Ordained events God is going to Deliver His Creation from the curse of Sin and Death.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:  Hebrew 1:1-3

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  1. Tom Mitchell says:

    Adonai – Excellent word study, thank you.

  2. Beverly Hunsinger says:


  3. Miriam Tierno says:

    This information is not only interesting but mystical. In Hebrew, letters and numbers have much depth and meaning. They are like hidden treasure teadyvto be discovered. Thank you so much. I am studying Hebrew, so this is a great addition to my studies.

  4. Maria says:

    This is such an educational and way to understand more of the word of God by knowing the Hebrew words and it’s meaning, I do know that the r words and numbers as well.
    WOW! I did not know about ADONAI and I use this a lot (about it being title for men also? Who knew?). Another word I use a lot is ELOHIM (can’t wait for that one to appear, lol).
    THANK YOU so much for ur knowledge and by allowing us to inverse in such a God given talent of yours. GOD BLESS.

  5. Carol Fowlkes says:

    Great word study! Will come back here often.

  6. Lena Smith says:

    I am learning so much, Thanks for this information. God Bless

  7. Javier Palacios says:

    Excelente estudio de esta palqbra. Ha sido de gran bendicion para mi. Gracias.

  8. Pastor Susan Kirkpatrick says:

    Learning more about my Father in the most advanced, beautiful and sophisticated way. Thank you Jesus for leading me to this amazing place to grow in you.

  9. Lilliana says:

    Beautiful study. I love my Jewish brothers and sisters. I love Israel. This study eyeopening.

  10. Lee says:

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