(mihr oh' dak) Hebrew form of Marduk, the chief god of Babylon, also called Bel, corresponding to the Semitic Baal or “Lord” (Jeremiah 50:2). Merodach is an element in the names of the Babylonian kings Merodach-baladan (2 Kings 20:12;
Isaiah 39:1) and Evil-Merodach (2 Kings 25:27;
Jeremiah 52:31). With a different vocalization, Merodach yields the name Mordecai (Esther 2:5). See Gods, Pagan.
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