Psalm 138:2 – Jehovah’s Word Above His Name

Psalm 138:2 I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. — New American Standard

Psalm 138:2 I will bow down toward your holy temple, And give thanks to your Name for your lovingkindness and for your truth; For you have exalted your Name and your Word above all.  — World English.

Many use Psalm 138:2, as it appears in the King James Version, and some other translations, as proof that Jesus is Jehovah, and/or that Jesus’ name is greater than that of Jehovah’s name. The KJV states: ” I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

According to the reasoning many give, it appears that they assume that “thy word” of Psalm 138:2 is Jesus, as spoken of in Revelation 19:13. Some trinitarians, of course, read into this that it is speaking of two persons of their alleged triune God. Some oneness believers in some vague manner read into this that Jesus and Jehovah are the same person.

According to one trinitarian site: “Psalm 138:2 States that God and the Word are the same & equal.”

One states that it is possible “that the name JESUS is magnified above all of the revealed names of God including ‘Jehovah’ and ‘I AM WHO I AM’.”

One has claimed that it is saying that the only thing higher than the name of “the Lord” (evidently meaning “Jehovah”) is Jesus Christ His Word. Of course, in reality, Psalm 138:2 is about Jehovah.

If one insists on the KJV rendering, however, it is simply stating that God places His Word over His Name, that is, that His Name provides the surety that what he says will come true.

The usage of the Hebrew word often transliterated as “‘imrah” (Strong’s #565, utterance, speech, word) here is not speaking of the “name” given to the Lord Jesus, as spoken of in Revelation 19:13; it is simply referring to the utterance of Jehovah.

John Gill writes concerning this:

for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name;
or “above every name of thine” F14; which Aben Ezra interprets of the glorious name Jehovah; the word God spake to Moses, the name in which he made himself known to him, and to the Israelites, he had not to their fathers, ( Exodus 3:14 ) ( 6:3 ) ; but rather it is to be understood of God’s word of promise, and his faithfulness in fulfilling it; which, though not a greater attribute than any other, yet is made more known and more illustrious than the rest; and particularly may regard the promise of the coming of the Messiah, and of the blessings of grace by him; Jarchi interprets it particularly of the pardon of sin. It may with propriety be applied to Christ, the essential Word, that was made flesh, and dwelt among men; whom God has highly exalted, and not only given him a name above every name of men on earth, but also above any particular name or attribute of his: or however he has magnified him “according”

Of course, Jesus is indeed the fulfillment of many Jehovah’s promises; this does not mean, however, that we need to imagine that Jehovah’s “word”, as spoken of in Psalm 138:2 is the name spoken of in Revelation 19:13. In context, Psalm 138:2 is referring to Jehovah’s Word of promise, the words heard from his mouth, not of the name assigned to Jesus in Revelation 19:13.

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