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Usage of the word 'Lord' in the scriptures

Updated: Apr 9, 2023

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If you read scriptures, you will frequently come across the word “lord,”. You may even have been condemned for using the phrase lord funny enough, but what they or you may not have noticed is that this word is written three different ways: 

all lower-case letters 'lord', 

all uppercase letters 'LORD'

and only the first letter in upper-case 'Lord'. 

Each of these different ways of writing the word “lord” represents different Hebrew words which therefore gives the same English word different meanings. 

Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? Genesis 18:12, KJV

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; Genesis 18:1, KJV

And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Genesis 18:3, KJV


When you see the word “lord,” written in all lower-case letters, it represents the Paleo Hebrew word 𐤀𐤃𐤅𐤍 which is transliterated adawan, Strong’s #113 and means “lord” or “master,” one who has authority over another. In the example above Genesis 18:12 this word is a description of Abraham, Sarah’s “lord.”

Whenever this word is written as “lord” in all lower-case letters, this word is referring to men, but when this word is referring to God, then the first letter is written in upper-case see Exodus 23:17.


Besides the few times the Hebrew word 𐤀𐤃𐤅𐤍 Adawan is written as “Lord,” the word “Lord” first letter in upper-case is used for the Paleo Hebrew word 𐤀𐤃𐤍𐤉 Adanaya, Strong’s #136. While this word is translated as “Lord,” it doesn’t exactly mean “Lord.”

As previously mentioned, the Hebrew word for “lord” is 𐤀𐤃𐤅𐤍 Adawan. When this word is written in the first person, possessive my lord, it is written as 𐤀𐤃𐤍𐤉 adanaya, see Genesis 18:12. The plural form of the word 𐤀𐤃𐤅𐤍 Adawan is 𐤀𐤃𐤍𐤉𐤌 Adanayam, see Exodus 26:19. The first person, possessive, plural form my lords is written as אֲדוֹנָי Adawanaya, see 1 Kings 22:17.

אֲדוֹן 𐤀𐤃𐤅𐤍 Adawan lord

אדֹנִי 𐤀𐤃𐤍𐤉 Adanaya my lord

אֲדֹנִים 𐤀𐤃𐤍𐤉𐤌 Adanayam lords

אֲדוֹנָי 𐤀𐤃𐤅𐤍𐤉 Adawanaya my lords


When the word “lord” is written in all upper-case letters 'LORD', the Hebrew behind this word is the name of God, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 YHWH