Monday, March 22, 2010

The Names of God, II of XVI

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
Psalm 148:13
El Elyon
(el el-yone')
The Most High God

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament El Elyon occurs 28 times. It occurs 19 times in Psalms. El Elyon is first used in Gen 14:18.

El Elyon in the Septuagint: ho theos ho hupsistos — the God most high 

Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as "God" and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God's character. Elyon literally means "Most High" and is used both adjectivally and substantivally throughout the Old Testament. It expresses the extreme sovereignty and majesty of God and His highest preeminence. When the two words are combined — El Elyon — it can be translated as "the most exalted God."(Psa 57:2) 

Further references of the name El Elyon in the Old Testament: Gen 14:18, 19, 20, 22; Psa 57:2; Psa 78:35

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