“Now concerning everything which I have said to you, be on your guard; and do not mention the name of other mighty ones, nor let them be heard from your mouth.” – Exodus 23:13
When asked what the name of Father is, many will reply “God.” After all, God is God’s name, right? The Father, the Mighty One of Israel, has a name. It is not “God.” In fact, the name “God” is the name of another Mighty One, one who YHWH (the name of the father) does not want on our lips. Your Bible probably reads:
“But you who forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table forFortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny, I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.” – Isaiah 65:11-12
The 3 emboldened words from that passage talk about YHWH, the mighty one of Israel (whose name here is replaced with a generic title the LORD) , and another mighty one Gad and his consort Meni, from Babylon. Gad is the mighty one of Fortune, and Meni is the mighty one of Destiny. The translators exchanged their names for what they were worshiped for (like how the name of the mighty one Mammon is changed for Riches).
When looking at the word Gad here in English, one would assume it to be pronounced with an “a” sound like “apple.” Please click here. What just opened up is the entry for the word “Gad” that is used in the passage above, about the mighty one of fortune. Click play in the pronunciation square to hear how this word is really pronounced.
In modern English the mighty one of Fortune, “Gad,” is pronounced “God.” (gawd) So replacing the names back into the text, it says:
“But you who forsake YHWH, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for God and fill cups of mixed wine for Meni, I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.” – Isaiah 65:11-12
YHWH wants us to serve him, and not Gad (God) the mighty one of fortune and Meni the mighty one of destiny. The name of the mighty one named “God” (gad, pronounced gawd) should not even be on our lips.