In the Bible
" is simply a proper noun
made from the generic "god", and is more of a title than a name. The Biblical name of God in Hebrew
" or "Jehovah
" (which sounds like the Hebrew for "I am
", the name God gives himself in Exodus 3
:14). "Jehovah" which is usually rendered as "the LORD
" into English
, with the word "LORD" written in small caps
to indicate its meaning as a proper name, not a title.
The word "lord" is actually a translation from the Hebrew 'adon means one who possesses absolute control: either a master of slaves (Genesis 24:14, 27), a ruler of subjects (Genesis 45:8), or a husband (as lord of his wife) (Genesis 18:12). All three metaphors are used to characterize the Hebrew/Christian God in the Bible. The old plural form of this Hebrew word is 'adonai. Out of reverence for the name "Jehovah", the Jews always replaced it with 'adonai when reading their Scriptures.