And I will take you to Me as a people and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD…What does it mean to know that I am the LORD? Mustering a number of sources, R. Mecklenburg argues that in Hebrew the word “I” – ani – is not just a personal pronoun but is actually one of God’s names. He expands on this idea by arguing that ani is a form of the Hebrew ana which can mean “to cause” (see Exodus 21:13). Thus to know that I (ani) am the LORD means to internalize that there is only one true cause – God.