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The Names of God-Elohim


Taken from the Book -Let us Pray: Praying the Word. A Prayer Companion by Dr. Brenda F. Graham

Elohim comes from the Hebrew word meaning strength or power. Elohim also means God as creator, preserver, transcendent, mighty, and strong.

Elohim (or Elohay) is the name of God that is found in the first verse of scripture:

Genesis 1:1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Additionally, Elohim is found in other scriptures where it describes other characteristics of God. Here are a few examples:

Elohay Kedem – means God of the Beginning

“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. Deuteronomy 33:27.”

Elohim Chaiyim - means Living God

“But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation (Jeremiah 10:10).”

Elohay Elohim – Means God Of gods

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

Elohim Kedoshim – Means Holy God

“Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy (Leviticus 19:2).”

“And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins (Joshua 24:19).”

Elohay Marom - Means God of Heights

“ Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old (Micah 6:6)?”

Elohay Mauzi – Means God of My Strength

“For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy (Psalms 43:2)? “

Elohay Mishpat – Means God of Justice

“And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him (Isaiah 30:18).”

Elohay Selichot – Means God of Forgiveness

“ And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not (Nehemiah 9:17).”

Elohay Tehilati – Means God of My Praise

“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise (Psalm 109:1).”

Elohay Yishi – Means God of My Salvation

“It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me (Psalms 18:47).”

“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day (Psalms 25:5).”


El is a simpler form of Elohim and combines with other word to describe God. Let’s look at some examples:

El Elyon means the Most High God.

“And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the
most high God, possessor of heaven and earth (Genesis 14:19).”

El Olam means the Everlasting God

“And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God (Genesis 21:33).”

“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding (Isaiah 40:28).”

El Roi means God who sees

“And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her,
Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me (Genesis 16:13).”

EL Shaddi means God Almighty or God all Sufficient

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless (Genesis 17:1).”