ADONAI [ad-o-noy’] :: My Lord or Lord. A title, spoken in place of Yahweh in Jewish display of reverence; used as a proper name of God
In most English translations of the Bible Adonai is translated as “Lord” with lower case letters, whereas the name YHWH (Yahweh) is written as “LORD” with all capital letters, and appears over 400 times in Scripture.
The name comes from the singular word Adon, which translates as master or owner. However, the plural is always used when speaking to or about God.
“The cultural background to the word Adon is associated with humanity and deals with masters who owned slaves. Yet it didn’t merely connote ownership, it also bore within the name a certain responsibility for the care and well-being of that which was owned. The master was to provide for, protect, guide and maximize that which he owned.” – TonyEvans . Org
Adonai is used by many throughout Scripture to show reverence to God and acknowledges the nature of their relationship where they are willingly a servant to the Lord and recipient of God’s provision for protection, guidance, and care for His people.
Here are few verses you can explore about Adonai:
Today’s challenge: See if you can find more Scriptures about Adonai. Then come back and help us build our Adonai Scripture list.
Thoughts for Today: There is much freedom in the peace we have knowing we belong to Adonai and He bears the responsibility for caring for us. Amen?
How has God shown Himself as Adonai in your life?