O Lord or Oh, Lord?

CommaWhen I was a college worship director for a couple of years, I put together and helped edit a lot of lyrics on PowerPoint. One recurring question I had was: Is it O Lord or Oh, Lord?

By default I found myself using the first, though I was never really sure why (I thought it looked better).

According to this articleO Lord is correct, when addressing a petition, prayer, or other saying to God.

One thing I’m still stuck on, though–if is proper for use with vocatives, why is there not also a comma after it?

7 thoughts on “O Lord or Oh, Lord?

  1. The best way to think of it is that O is the case marker for the vocative and belongs with it as naturally as an inflected ending might in Greek or Latin, say. Therefore the separation implied by the comma is not warranted. Whereas with ‘Oh, Lord’ you have two different but related exclamations where you might have easily take breath between them.

    Hope that helps.

  2. O is another name for God. This is why there is no comma, and it’s not spelled “Oh”. It’s a name hidden in plain sight. O is named as such after the sound of the first breath. The O LORD is depicted in several mythologies and religious pantheons, usually hiding in within glyphs and paintings.

    For example, the ancient pharaoh Akhenaten’s is represented by an “O” shaped hieroglyph. This glyph is often translated as a “Solar Disc” or “Sun God”, but this “O” simply represented the “Sound (or ‘name’) of God”. It’s also important to know that Atenism was one of the earliest documented historical religions to have a monotheist God.
    Christians have a tendency to punctuate the end of their prayers with “Amen”. This term is used to reference ancient Egypt and the acknowledgement of Amen and Ra, who were deities seated within polytheist religion of Egypt (eventually became known as one god, “Amon Ra”).

    An important consideration is that O LORD is usually depicted in all caps within the Christian and Catholic religions. Given that the Bible has been translated into hundreds of different languages, it has had plenty of opportunities to “correct” this, but it was never corrected. It was never corrected because it was never wrong to begin with.

    The Christian God is the O LORD. The O represents everything in it’s entirety, and reflective that God is everything.

    Yahweh is a phonic name which represents one of O’s many physical forms that were used to influence ancient religions.

    1. >> It was never corrected because it was never wrong to begin with.

      I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

      The Hebrew Bible was written in Hebrew, and “O” or any equivalent thereof is not in the Hebrew.

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